Friday, June 14, 2019

THE MEDIA THEATRE'S SUMMER SEASON 2019--MONTH BY MONTH

When school is out, The Media Theatre takes center stage for many of the region's youth due to its popular Camp Media Theatre. It's a large part of the theater's summer schedule, running daily from June 17 to August 23.

But summer camp is not the only event keeping the marquee bright at The Media Theatre this summer. With two classic shows (one performed by teens) and a vocal competition, the doors will be open all summer long.





Here's a month-by-month calendar of events:

June brings the first two weeks of Camp Media Theatre, during which day camp participants will have a fun and educational time performing songs from "Mary Poppins" and "Mary Poppins Returns". They'll also learn choreography for each song and take part in an acting class during which campers create their own vignettes with assistance from the camp instructors. "Mary Poppins Camp" is June 17 through June 28, culminating in a show performed for family and friends on the final Friday at 5:30pm.




On June 17 the teen campers also begin rehearsing the legendary musical "Pippin". The show is all about a young man who wants to be extraordinary, finally realizing that the small things in life are what bring true happiness. With songs featuring "Magic To Do" and "Corner of The Sky", it's a perfect summer musical brought to life by teenagers from Delaware County.

July 5 brings the first public performance of "Pippin", which continues through July 28. It's on every Friday night at 7pm, Saturday afternoons at 2pm, Saturday evenings at 7pm, and Sundays at 3pm. Tickets are available for public audiences for just $12 and $15.



July also includes the weekly "Vocalist" and "Vocalist Junior" contests, which are extremely entertaining for audiences. "Vocalist" is on Wednesday nights at 7pm (July 10, 17, and 24) while "Junior" showcases young talent Sunday nights at 7pm (July 7, 14, 21, and 28). The Wednesday night show features vocalists ages 14 to 24; the Sunday night contest delights with singers who are ages 7-13. Tickets are $12-15. (Except for the Final Week for each, which are $20). Iron Workers Bank sponsors the event.

Camp Media Theatre continues in July with "Trolls" Camp (July 1 to July 12), and "Fun Villains" Camp (July 15 to July 26). There are still spaces available in each camp. Call 610-891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org. The "Greatest Show" camp, which begins July 29, is sold out 




August brings back great music from the '50's with the popular musical "Forever Plaid" (August 8-25). Part of the Media Theatre's professional Broadway Series of shows, with a live band on stage and plenty of fun, "Forever Plaid" follows the plight of four young musicians who were in a car crash after high school before they could make it big and fulfill their dreams. They are sent back to Earth for a special one-night-only concert in the present day--trouble is, they are stuck in a time-warp and think the '50's songs they perform are still giant hits. The guys are played by Carl Nathaniel Smith, Austy Hicks, Zack Krajnyak, and James Ofalt. Visit mediatheatre.org for tickets. (The musical is on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, with matinees on Saturday and Sunday each week.)

Camp Media Theatre has its final two-week day camp session for the summer August 12 through August 23 with the "Hamilton/ Miranda" Camp, named after the composer of the popular show. The campers will perform several songs from the Broadway smash, as well as other songs written by Lin Manuel Miranda.

mediatheatre.org/ 610-891-0100


Tuesday, June 11, 2019

THE MEDIA THEATRE HAS 'PIPPIN' PERFORMED BY TEENS IN JULY

There's plenty of Magic To Do this summer when The Media Theatre's Teen Ensemble performs the Tony-winning 2013 revival version of Stephen Schwartz' "Pippin".
It's on every weekend in July (Fridays at 7pm, Saturdays at 2pm and 7pm, Sundays at 3pm). 
"Pippin" is one young man's journey to be extraordinary as he searches for meaning and significance. He learns that happiness is not found in magnificent endeavors but rather in the simple small moments that make up each day.
The show appeals to all ages and features the classic songs "Magic To Do", "Corner of The Sky", and more. 
The Media Theatre's summer Teen Ensemble productions have been very successful, providing an opportunity for youth actors, singers, and dancers to perform a two-act Broadway musical for general audiences. They'll rehearse for two weeks, working with professional directors and designers before performing the musical for general public audiences July 8-25.
Owen Mannion, of Broomall, will play the role of Pippin. He is a former Media Theatre student now pursuing a professional career in theater at Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY. When a student at Media, he was seen in several of the summer productions including "School of Rock". He has also been in The Media Theatre's professional Broadway Series ("The Who's Tommy", "The Wizard of OZ", "The Sound of Music").
For tickets to the Teen Ensemble performance of "Pippin", call 610-891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org
The "Pippin" cast at The Media Theatre is:
PIPPIN......................OWEN MANNION

LEADING PLAYER.......RACHEL DURHAM/ JOSIE INTHAM

CATHERINE..............ANDIE GALANTI/ PAIGE MATSON

THE KING........MARY KATE VINK

FASTRADA................MAEVE HEGARTY/ GWEN GOETZ

THEO........................AIDAN FOX/ JEREMIAH JACKSON

GRANDMA BERTHE.......LAUREN SADDIC/ ALEXSA MCKEOWN 

LEWIS.......................EVAN BRAMLAGE/ NORAH MARTIN

JESTER....................DREW MURPHY/ ELLIE SCHREIBER

HEAD SOLDIER..........TED HARRIS/ MATTHEW ADAMS 

PEASANT, etc.....................TALLEY GALANTE

NOBLE, etc.........................NADIR TINSLEY

NOBLE, etc…………………….AARON ZHU


All who are double cast are in Ensemble when not playing role listed.
Everyone is in every performance.



Thursday, April 25, 2019

EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: THE MEDIA THEATRE'S 'SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER'

The Media Theatre has "Saturday Night Fever: The Musical" live on stage now through June 9. The show is based on the classic 1977 film that catapulted John Travolta into super-stardom and kept disco alive with huge (and still relevant) hits from The Bee Gees.

It focuses on Tony Manero, a Brooklyn youth whose weekend is spent at the local disco. There he luxuriates in the admiration of the crowd and a growing relationship with Stephanie Mangano, and can temporarily forget the realities of his life, including a dead-end job in a paint store and his gang of deadbeat friends. 

Take a look at these exclusive photos and join the audiences who are "Stayin' Alive" by getting tickets at mediatheatre.org or call 610-891-0100. Group rates available. 

"Saturday Night Fever" is directed by Jesse Cline, with choreography by Christian Ryan, and music direction by Ben Kapilow. GET TICKETS

PHOTOS BY MAURA MCCONNELL


JESSE CORBIN IS TONY MANERO


JESSE CORBIN AS TONY, WITH MELISSA RAPELJE AS STEPHANIE

TONY (JESSE CORBIN) DANCES THE NIGHT AWAY

CANDY (TAMARA DELLA ANDERSON) PERFORMS AT THE DISCO

BOBBY (RONNIE KELLER) CONTEMPLATES HIS FUTURE
MORE DANCIN' FROM TONY (JESSE CORBIN) AND THE DISCO CROWD

TONY IS 'STAYIN' ALIVE' IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD
TONY AND STEPHANIE FIND EACH OTHER ON THE DANCE FLOOR

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

MEDIA THEATRE 'MATILDA' YOUTH AUDITIONS APRIL 27

The Media Theatre is holding Youth Auditions for "Matilda: The Musical" on Saturday April 27 from 9am to 1pm.

Inspired by the twisted genius of Roald Dahl, the Tony Award-winning Matilda: The Musical is the captivating masterpiece that revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination and the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life. 
Matilda is a little girl with astonishing wit, intelligence, and psychokinetic powers. She's unloved by her cruel parents but impresses her schoolteacher, the highly loveable Miss Honey. Matilda's school life isn't completely smooth sailing, however – the school's mean headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, hates children and just loves thinking up new punishments for those who don't abide by her rules. But Matilda has courage and cleverness in equal amounts, and could be the school pupils' saving grace!

The Media Theatre is holding upcoming auditions for youth roles and youth ensemble for their fall production of Matilda The Musical on Saturday, April 27 from 9am to 1pm.
(The Media Theatre will also seek a youth ensemble for "Elf: The Musical" at same auditions)

Those interested in should take a look at the breakdown below and prepare 16 to 32 bars of uptempo music (singing from the show is encouraged, but not required). Please bring sheet music in the appropriate key. There will be a movement/dance call, please bring clothes that are easy to move in.

The show performs October 2-27. Youth rehearsals will include two or three rehearsals in mid-to-late August, and regularly scheduled rehearsals will begin in September.

Seeking the following roles:

THE “LITTLE KIDS”
All  roles listed below must believably be able to play Ages 7 to 14 and have a strong understanding of solo vocal and dance technique. 
MATILDA (Female)(Can play Age 7-10): Preferably under 4’5”. A clever girl who is wise beyond her years. Very strong solo vocalist and clear acting ability. Major memorization required.  Ability to adapt dialect. Vocal range: A3 to D5.
BRUCE BOGTROTTER (Male)(Can play Age 7-14) Matilda‘s classmate. Preferably under 4’10”. Preferred unbroken voice. Strong vocal solo in “Revolting Children” song. Comedic acting.
Vocal range: C4 to E5.
LAVENDER (Female) (Can play Age 7-10) Matilda‘s classmate and friend. Preferably under 4’9”. Big personality. Strong dance.
HORTENSIA, ALICE & AMANDA (All Female) (Can play Age 7-14) Matilda‘s classmates. Preferably under 4’9”. Strong dance and vocal ability.
ERIC, NIGEL, & TOMMY (All Male)(Can play Age 7-14) Matilda‘s classmates. Preferably under 4’9”. Preferred unbroken voice. Strong dance and vocal ability.

THE “BIG KIDS”
All roles listed below must believably be able to play Ages 14-18. These teenagers must look visibly older than the “Little Kids”. These teenagers should already be trained in dance and voice and have a strong stage presence. 
MICHAEL WORMWOOD (Male)(Can play Age 10-16) Matilda‘s older brother. Not very bright. Age varies. Small spoken role. Limited dance and singing.
BIG KID ENSEMBLE (3 Male, 3 Female) (Must play Ages 14-18). Upperclassmen at school. Vocal solos. Trained singers and dancers.

Adult auditions to be posted a later time. Questions? Email Roger at rer764@gmail.com.

"Matilda" is directed by Jesse Cline; Music Director is Ben Kapilow; Choreography is by Christian Ryan.

2019-2020 BROADWAY SERIES AUDITIONS FOR ADULTS ARE MON/ TUES JUNE 3 AND JUNE 4

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

MEDIA THEATRE HAS 'VOCALIST' AUDITIONS MONDAY MAY 13

The Media Theatre is having “Vocalist” and “Vocalist Junior” auditions on Monday May 13 at 6pm. Seeking singers for “Vocalist” (ages 14-24) and “Junior” (ages 7-13). The contests are sponsored by Iron Workers Bank.
“The Vocalist” and “Vocalist Junior” are representative of the The Media Theatre’s mission of professional music theatre. The summer contest event sets the tone for The Media Theatre’s focus on musicals and music theatre education. It is produced by Media Music Theatre Company, the professional non-profit music theatre organization which has a full season each year with its Broadway Series and youth programming.
John Whitig, of Iron Workers Bank, at The Vocalist contest. Iron Workers Bank sponsors The Media Theatre's annual summer competition.

Auditions for “The Vocalist” and “Vocalist Junior” will be held Monday May 13 at 6pm. The competitions are held in front of large general public audiences for five weeks in July and August. The contest gives young performers in both age groups an opportunity to hone their skills by actually performing for live audiences, and then receiving feedback from Artistic Director Jesse Cline after performing.
Cline and guest judges, who appear on a rotation basis each week, judge each vocalist on a point system in the categories of Vocal Ability, Song Interpretation, and Stage Presence. Cline has an extra category, Individualism, which is based on each competitor’s overall unique ability.
The contest has produced several performers who have gone on to appear in professional productions at The Media Theatre and at other regional theatres, including Ava Briglia who was a top five placer during “Vocalist Junior” and was in Broadway’s hit show “Matilda”, playing the title role. Jamai, who is from Chester, PA, was also a contestant a few years ago and appeared on NBC’s “The Voice”.
Both age groups may audition on the same day and will be placed in the proper category according to their age. “The Vocalist” is for ages 14-24 while “Vocalist Junior” is for ages 7-13. The actual contests begin on stage in front of a live audience in July.
The winner of “The Vocalist” and “The Vocalist Junior” will receive a cash prize to assist in furthering their education or career. Iron Workers Bank sponsors the competition.
“The Vocalist” will take place for three-to-five weeks this summer starting July 10. (The length of the contest depends on how many contestants we have) 
“Junior” will have a competition starting on July 7. The contest will be either four or five weeks, dependent on how many contestants we have. 
There is a $25 registration fee for the auditions at The Media Theatre. All auditioning must bring sheet music for the pianist. Any audition song is acceptable for both age groups.
REGISTER HERE and use a credit card for the $25 fee, or register at the door the night of the auditions. No appointments; the auditions are held in order of ‘sign-up’. Please email Roger at rer764@gmail.com with questions, or call 610-891-0100.

Friday, April 5, 2019

THE MEDIA THEATRE HAS A MUSICAL 'ALICE IN WONDERLAND' SUNDAYS AT NOON THRU MAY

Sundays at Noon through the month of May, Alice will chase a rabbit, fall down a hole, and get smaller and larger while meeting all types of crazy characters. Will you follow her? It's time for a new musical version of "Alice In Wonderland" at The Media Theatre, based on Lewis Carroll's classic. GET TICKETS
Ben Kapilow (Broadway World Award winner) wrote the brand new score to Tim Haney's revised script based on Lewis Carroll's tale.  Roger Ricker directs, and Carol Sorensen's bright costumes enliven the hour long show for all ages.
The show includes audience participation during the Croquet Game, and plenty of humor, plus a rap number from The Caterpillar (complete with an ensemble of bugs).
Media Theatre's New School students and Acting Class participants portray everything from the White Rabbit to Singing Flowers in this madcap adventure.
Tickets are $12 for children ages 12 and under; $15 for ages 12 to adults. Group rates available! 
Call The Media Theatre at 610-891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org for tickets. 

Thursday, April 4, 2019

THE MEDIA THEATRE HAS YOUTH AUDITIONS FOR 'MATILDA' MUSICAL APRIL 27

The Media Theatre has Youth Auditions for MATILDA April 27 from 9am to 1pm.

YOUTH AUDITIONS FOR ‘MATILDA’
MATILDA the MUSICAL – YOUTH AUDITIONS
director: JESSE CLINE
musical direction: BEN KAPILOW
choreographer: CHRISTIAN RYAN

The Media Theatre is holding upcoming auditions for youth roles and youth ensemble for their fall production of Matilda The Musical on Saturday, April 27 from 9am to 1pm. 
Those interested in should take a look at the breakdown below and prepare 16 to 32 bars of uptempo music (singing from the show is encouraged, but not required). Please bring sheet music in the appropriate key. There will be a movement/dance call, please bring clothes that are easy to move in.

REHEARSALS: Begin mid-August for the Youth Cast, continue through Oct. 1.
PERFORMANCES: Oct. 2-27


THE “LITTLE KIDS”
All roles listed below must believably be able to play Ages 7 to 14 and have a strong understanding of solo vocal and dance technique.
MATILDA (Female)(Can play Age 7-10): Preferrably under 4’5”. Clever girl who is wise beyond her years. Very strong solo vocalist and clear acting ability. Major memorization required. Ability to adapt dialect. Vocal range: A3 to D5.
BRUCE BOGTROTTER (Male)(Can play Age 7-14) Matilda‘s classmate. Preferrably under 4’10”. Preferred unbroken voice. Strong vocal solo in “Revolting Children” song. Comedic acting.
Vocal range: C4 to E5.
LAVENDER (Female) (Can play Age 7-10) Matilda‘s classmate and friend. Preferrably under 4’9”. Big personality. Strong dance.
HORTENSIA, ALICE & AMANDA (All Female) (Can play Age 7-14) Matilda‘s classmates. Preferrably under 4’9”. Strong dance and vocal ability.
ERIC, NIGEL, & TOMMY (All Male)(Can play Age 7-14) Matilda‘s classmates. Preferrably under 4’9”. Preferred unbroken voice. Strong dance and vocal ability.

THE “BIG KIDS”
All roles listed below must believably be able to play Ages 14-18. These teenagers must look visibly older than the “Little Kids”. These teenagers should already be trained in dance and voice and have a strong stage presence.
MICHAEL WORMWOOD (Male)(Can play Age 10-16) Matilda‘s older brother. Not very bright. Age varies. Small spoken role. Limited dance and singing.
BIG KID ENSEMBLE (3 Male, 3 Female) (Must play Ages 14-18). Upper classmen at school. Vocal solos. Trained singers and dancers.

Questions? Email Roger at rer764@gmail.com.

2019-2020 BROADWAY SERIES AUDITIONS FOR ADULTS ARE MON/ TUES JUNE 3 AND JUNE 4

Thursday, March 21, 2019

MEDIA THEATRE HONORED BY DELAWARE COUNTY COUNCIL

We, The Media Theatre, were honored by Delaware County Council for our 25th Anniversary! The resolution was given on March 20 at the monthly Council meeting held at Delaware County Courthouse.

County Council, in their introduction to our special recognition, stated that 'The Media Theatre has become a great institution and cornerstone of Delaware County' and that 'It's so wonderful to see what it has become' having had celebrated performers such as Wanda Sykes, Ann CrumbAndrea McArdle, and Justin Guarini on its professional music theatre stage.

Pictured: Resident Music Director Ben Kapilow, Actress Tasha Waters, Media Theatre's Roger Ricker, Councilman Kevin Madden, Media Theatre student Madison Van Horn, and Media Theatre Executive Director Patrick Ward with other Council members.

Artistic Director Jesse Cline was mentioned for 'leading the theatre to nationally recognized success', as well as Executive Director Patrick Ward and Roger Ricker.
Tasha Waters, who is currently in "Beehive", performed "You'll Never Walk Alone" from another show she was in at Media Theatre("Carousel"). She was accompanied by our Resident Music Director Ben Kapilow. Her performance received thunderous applause!


Patrick Ward mentioned that the song 'exemplifies getting through all of the ups and downs of maintaining a theatre company'.


Madison Van Horn, one of our talented New School students, performed the National Anthem to open the meeting. 


We thank The Delaware County Council for their recognition and support over the past 25 years, and look forward to a bright future! Visit our website at mediatheatre.org for upcoming performances of our Broadway Series, Children's Shows, and Camp Media Theatre information.


Friday, February 22, 2019

MEDIA THEATRE ANNOUNCES CASTS OF 'BEEHIVE' AND 'SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER'

The Media Theatre has two spring musicals which will have audiences singing along, clapping to the beat, and dancing in the aisles. One features great hits of the 1960's while the other takes us back to the disco era of the 1970's.

First up is "Beehive: The '60's Musical" March 13 to March 31. The show, created by Larry Gallagher, is a musical tribute to the women who made the music of the era so special – everyone from Lesley Gore to Janis Joplin, from the Shirelles to the Supremes, Aretha Franklin to Tina Turner, and every woman in between! With two dozen beloved hits, the show takes you on a journey through song, documenting the dramatic changes that America underwent during the ‘60s. GET TICKETS

"Beehive" features such iconic songs as "The Name Game", "River Deep, Mountain High", "Natural Woman", "My Boyfriend's Back", "One Fine Day", "It's My Party", "To Sir With Love", "Proud Mary", "Where The Boys Are", "Make Your Own Kind of Music" and more.

The cast features six talented vocalists: Alyssa Batsakis, Anne Bragg, Kimberly Maxson, Hannah Parke, Ryane Nicole Studivant, and Tasha Waters. Ben Kapilow music directs the live band, with Alec Hersh directing the show.

From the '60's, we take a leap forward into the '70's when "Saturday Night Fever: The Musical" brings disco fever to Media's stage April 17 to June 9. 

A Broadway, West End and US/UK tour favorite, this energetic musical is based on 1977's hit blockbuster film, featuring music by The Bee Gees.

The musical adaptation of "Saturday Night Fever" is the story of Tony Manero, a talented, streetwise kid from Brooklyn who attempts to escape a dead-end life through dancing. His weekends are spent at the local discotheque, where he enjoys the admiration of the crowd and a growing relationship with a young woman. 

The script has been adapted to be more 'family friendly', with several of the movie's sub-plots such as racial conflict and drug use having been eliminated. GET TICKETS

With the new focus of "Saturday Night Fever" on just Tony Manero and the energized disco hits, a few songs have been added such as The Bee Gee's iconic "Tragedy". Other songs in the musical are "Stayin' Alive", "Boogie Shoes", "Disco Inferno", "Night Fever", "Jive Talkin'", "Nights On Broadway", "More Than A Woman", "You Should Be Dancing", "If I Can't Have You" and more. Exciting choreography adds to the '70's atmosphere.

Jesse Cline directs "Saturday Night Fever: The Musical" at The Media Theatre, with Christian Ryan as choreographer and Ben Kapilow as music director. 

The "Saturday Night Fever" cast at The Media Theatre is:



Tony Manero...........Jesse Corbin
Stephanie.................Melissa Rapelje

Bobby.............Ronnie Keller
Double-J......Carl Smith
Joey................Luke Bradt
Gus.................Andy Spinosi

Annette.......Anna Ferrigno
Pauline.........Kelsey Hodgkiss
Candy.............Tamara Anderson

Monty............JP Dunphy

Frank Jr......Marshall Roy

Flo Manero.........Monica Crane/ Faith Yesner
Frank Sr.............Steven Ciapanno
Linda Manero....Caileigh Crane/ Mae Weaver

Ensemble:
Dante Brattelli, Eyakeno Ekpo, Matt Flocco, Zoe Hunchak,
Liberty Laferriere, Jarrett Martin, Anna Pennell, Olivia Whitehouse

Tickets are now on sale for both "Beehive: The '60's Musical" (March 13-31) and "Saturday Night Fever: The Musical" (April 17-June 9). Group rates available.
Visit mediatheatre.org or call 610-891-0100

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

FIRST LOOK PHOTOS: 'JULIUS CAESAR' AT THE MEDIA THEATRE

The Media Theatre has Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar" on stage now through February 24. Directed by Bill Van Horn, the play has been done in various formats over the years. Here, it is in a post-apocalyptic era.

Featuring Delaware County's Zoran Kovcic as Julius Caesar, the cast is made up of some of the Philly region's most well-known and popular actors, including Jennie Eisenhower, Jake Blouch, Damon Bonetti, Nicholas Saverine, and Charlotte Northeast.

For tickets, call 610-891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org

Photos by Maura McConnell.


Malik Abdul Khaaliq and Jake Blouch, with Zoran Kovcic (right) as Julius Caesar
Damon Bonetti as Brutus
Jennie Eisenhower as Marc Antony

THE MEDIA THEATRE'S SUMMER SEASON 2019--MONTH BY MONTH

When school is out, The Media Theatre takes center stage for many of the region's youth due to its popular Camp Media Theatre. It's ...