The Cherry Orchard set to deliver laughter and tears

By Allison McCausland A&E and Online Editor Nothing quite fits in with the cold winter months like a turn of the century Russian aristocratic estate. This image is the very setting for Act 1’s winter drama, The Cherry Orchard. Anton Chekov’s 1904 play details the story of the Gayev family who face heavy debts and the prospect of having to sell their estate to pay … [Read more...]

Where are they now: Autumn Fink’s acting career

By CJ Bamert Staff Writer When graduating from the DeSales theater department, there are many different career choices. Some people will go out and audition for plays and films, some may go the modeling route and try their luck there or some in the more design aspect of theater may work on their craft out of school. For Autumn Fink, she’s doing all that and more. Fink … [Read more...]

Theater Student Recalls Schubert’s Love of Beauty

By Catherine Nadeau Special to The Minstrel “Can I use your phone there? I have to call the police... on you. Haha! I’m just kidding! They’re my ride.” This was basically my first interaction with Rev. Jerry Schubert, the founder of the DeSales Theatre Department and the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival. At the time, I was a freshman, and it was one of my first days … [Read more...]

“Once Upon a Mattress” Brings More than Fairy-Tale Magic to Schubert Theater

By Adam Zielonka Editor-in-Chief   The Division of Performing Arts’ best-kept secret is the Schubert Theater, the Labuda Center for the Performing Arts’ secondary stage. It’s smaller in size, but that doesn’t indicate how Schubert’s productions compare to their mainstage companions. Case in point: Once Upon a Mattress, directed by Anne Lewis, might be the most … [Read more...]

“Bus Stop” Delivers Lessons on Love

By Paige Myers-Ackerman Staff Writer This article was originally published in Issue 3, Fiftieth Year of The Minstrel (October 8, 2015). Click here to view the entire issue. Most people would not expect to discover the meaning of love at a bus stop, but this is just what occurs in the play that opens DeSales University’s Act 1 season. William Inge’s “Bus Stop” began … [Read more...]