New Hazlett Theater Presents Point Park University Student Collaboration “Perception”

PITTSBURGH, PA (April 27, 2012) – Perception, a collaboration between Point Park University studying dance, communications and cinema, is being staged at the New Hazlett Theater Friday, May 4, 2012, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 and all of the proceeds will benefit Make-A-Wish® Greater Pennsylvania and Southern West Virginia to help make a child’s wish come true.

“I’ve been blessed receive a grant from the Puffin Foundation to produce this work and so I really wanted to find a way to give back,” says Alyson Laury, founder and choreographer of Perception. “The inspiration for the show is wishes and dreams and so Make-A-Wish seemed like a perfect fit.”
Alyson Laury, a dance major, has always dreamed of being a choreographer.Perception also features dancers, vocalists, guitarists and cinematography work from Point Park University students.

“It’s been an amazing experience to see how as Point Park students we can bring our talents together for an amazing show that will showcase our work and benefit Make-A-Wish,” says Jessica Heinrichs, event coordinator of Perception. Jessica is also a Make-A-Wish volunteer.

Perception will feature a mix of contemporary and modern dance, as well as cinematography done by cinema majors Matt Leib and Patrick Linberg. A short film will also be screened during the performance featuring Dominic Ruperto, a Make-A-Wish kid, to provide more information about the organization’s work.

“We appreciate all of the support we’ve received from family and friends,” Laury concludes.“We’re grateful for the opportunity to produce a show for the community that also benefits such a good cause.”

Tickets can be ordered online at

About Make-A-Wish Greater Pennsylvania and Southern West Virginia
Make-A-Wish®Greater Pennsylvania and Southern West Virginia is a non-profit organization that grants wishes to children, aged 2 ½ to 18, with life-threatening medical conditions. Currently, the Foundation is one of the most active chapters in the country, having fulfilled nearly 13,000 wishes. For more information, please call Make-A-Wish at (800) 676-9474 or visit its Web site at

About the New Hazlett Theater
The New Hazlett Theater is a non-profit organization, founded in 2004 with a mission to cultivate the arts and provide a venue for world class and neighborhood cultural events.


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