Upon returning from the war, students — most notably James Leary — reorganized the group and hired a new moderator, Willard Walsh. Acclaim for The Masque grew rapidly. Soon, it became one of the most popular and successful student organizations on campus. Under the guidance of Walsh, The Masque continued its growth.
The year 1950 brought with it a new era in Masque history. Dan Rodden, for whom our theatre is currently named, raised The Masque’s bar to a whole new level: professional theatre. After ushering in La Salle Summer Theatre, Rodden became adviser to The Masque, designer of and eventual namesake of the theatre, notorious English professor, and cherished individual for the entire Lasallian community.
Recently, The Masque of La Salle University has been attempting more progressive shows. We are intersted in showcasing this groups ability to broaden its horizons by performing two mainstage productions annually, becoming an active member in La Salle’s administrative processes, and offering students opportunities to learn not only about theatre, but history, society and American theatre’s potential for the future. There’s more history to be made, so come be a part of one of La Salle’s oldest surviving student groups.