Act 1 Productions

Act 1 is DeSales University’s highly-acclaimed performing arts company and features professional-caliber productions.

Welcome to our 2015-2016 season. In addition to our choral concerts, film festivals and dance concerts, we’ve a marvelous slate of plays and musicals for the coming year. This season has been built to provide our students with outstanding opportunities to showcase their talents while at the same time providing you, our patrons, with terrific entertainment. Our dance students eagerly await the opportunity to dazzle you with their choreographic creations. Our filmmakers anticipate the chance to show you their work on the large screen in front of a life audience. Our choral students look forward to serenading you in glorious harmony. And our theatre students invite you into a season of theatre productions that includes four Act 1 premieres.

About this season

  • We open our season with the Act 1 premiere of William Inge’s marvelous Bus Stop. In the middle of a howling blizzard, a quirky array of characters share hopes and dreams in this funny and heart-warming tale about growing up.

  • The October production of Once Upon a Mattress, a hilarious musical that catapulted the great Carol Burnett to stardom when it first premiered in 1959.

  • For the holidays, we’re reprising the popular Merry Christmas, George Bailey! about the Lux Radio broadcast of It’s a Wonderful Life.

  • We’ll open 2016 with a new adaptation and another Act 1 premiere of Sophokles’ great Greek tragedy Elektra – the classic tale of power and revenge.

  • In the spring, our senior theatre majors will present the enchanting children’s tale Sleeping Beauty. 

  • Our season finale will be the Act 1 premiere of the multiple Tony award-winning Broadway hit, Me and My Girl.

Upcoming Performances