Tuesday, July 3, 2018

THE MEDIA THEATRE ANNOUNCES CAST FOR 'SWEENEY TODD' OCT. 3-28

The Media Theatre, located at 104 East State Street in the beautiful suburb of Media, PA, has "Sweeney Todd" as its 2018-19 Broadway Series Season opener October 3-28. Directed by the theater's Artistic Director Jesse Cline, the show features a cast of professional actors from New York City, Philadelphia, and the surrounding region. Ben Kapilow music directs.

"Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" is the show's actual title, and its quite fitting for a musical that has become a thrilling theatrical treat around the world.


The winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, the show opened on Broadway in 1979. With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by Hugh Wheeler, it is based on a 1973 play by Christopher Bond.




"Sweeney Todd" is an unjustly exiled barber, who returns to nineteenth century London to seek revenge upon the judge who had him framed. He meets Mrs. Lovett, the proprietress of a failing pie shop and opens new barber shop above her establishment. Her pies suddenly begin to sell after she begins working with Todd to add an interesting ingredient into her meat pies. The New York Times calls the show "Extraordinary".

The show includes the songs "Not While I'm Around", "Johanna", and "Pretty Women". It was adapted into a major motion picture in 2007 starring Johnny Depp.

The Media Theatre's production features Douglas Ladnier as Sweeney Todd. Ladnier appeared on Broadway in "Jekyll and Hyde: The Musical", and was in the National Tours of "Into The Woods" and "A Christmas Carol". He has performed at The Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, Music Theatre of Wichita, The Geffen Playhouse, and Merry-Go-Round Playhouse. He has been in productions of "Sweeney Todd", "Gigi", "Dracula", "Phantom", "Chess", "The Sound of Music", and "The Desert Song" as well as other well known titles. He had a recurring role in "All My Children" on ABC.

Mrs. Lovett will be played by Jenny Lee Stern. She recently appeared at The Media Theatre as Patsy Cline in "Always, Patsy Cline". Her Broadway credits include the original cast of "Rocky: The Musical" and "A Christmas Story". She played the role of Mary Delgado in the National Tour of "Jersey Boys". Off-Broadway she appeared in "Forbidden Broadway: Alive & Kicking" garnering critical acclaim for her portrayals of Judy Garland, Patti Lupone, Bernadette Peters, and Sutton Foster. She frequently cameos as Guest Diva in Forbidden Broadway's latest installment "Spamilton". She has been seen at The Walnut Street Theatre and The Montgomery Theatre.

For tickets to the production, or subscriptions to the entire season, call 610-891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org

The entire "Sweeney Todd" cast at The Media Theatre October 3 through October 28 is:

Sweeney Todd............................Douglas Ladnier 
Mrs. Lovett..................................Jenny Lee Stern
Anthony Hope.............................Alex G. Kunz
Joanna.........................................Molly Sorensen
Tobias..........................................Christian Ryan
Judge Turpin...............................Jason Switzer
Beadle..........................................Nicholas Saverine
Beggar Woman...........................Jennie Eisenhower
Pirelli............................................JP Dunphy
Jonas Fogg..................................Roger Ricker
Ensemble Players.......................Lauren Bristow, Nicholas Castillo, Matt Flocco, Kyle Lape, Clayton Matthews, James Ofalt, Rachel Sigman, Amanda Spivak, Faith Yesner







Monday, June 18, 2018

THE MEDIA THEATRE ANNOUNCES CAST OF 'HEATHERS, THE MUSICAL: HIGH SCHOOL EDITION"

The Media Theatre has "Heathers, The Musical: High School Edition" on stage this summer, every weekend in July.
With a cast of teens directed by Artistic Director Jesse Cline, the show is on Fridays at 7pm; Saturdays at 2pm and 7pm; and Sundays at 3pm July 6-29. GET TICKETS
"Heathers, The Musical: High School Edition" is the darkly delicious story of Veronica Sawyer, a brainy, beautiful teenage misfit who hustles her way into the most powerful and ruthless clique at Westerberg High: the Heathers. But before she can get comfortable atop the high school food chain, Veronica falls in love with the dangerously handsome new kid J.D. When Heather Chandler, the Almighty, kicks her out of the group, Veronica decides to bite the bullet… but J.D. has another plan for that bullet. 
The High School Edition of this musical has edited out much profanity, sexual material and innuendos, and the song “Blue” has been replaced by the new song “You’re Welcome”.
The cast list is:
VERONICA SAWYER......CASSIDY ELSE/ CATHERINE HEBERT

JD .....................................LEO KONCOS 

HEATHER CHANDLER......NATALIE DODDS/ GRACE DEL PIZZO

HEATHER MCNAMARA......HANNA MURPHY/ LAUREN CAHOONE

HEATHER DUKE.................ANNA POTSON/ KAITLYN HANRAHAN

MARTHA DUNNSTOCK........ELLA BELLACE/ JOSIE INTHAM

RAM SWEENEY..........JOSH ATKINSON/ NORMAN WEST AS UNDERSTUDY
                            Norman West performs this role on Friday 7/6,  Friday 7/13, Saturday 7/14. 

KURT KELLY.........JACKSON SWEENEY/ NORMAN WEST AS UNDERSTUDY

KURT'S DAD/ COACH RIPPER......CHRIS KOVAKS

BIG BUD DEAN.............................EVAN BRAMLAGE

MS. FLEMING.............................ILENA MITA/ KAITLYN GROSE

VERONICA'S MOM....................SHANNON CLARK/ ALAINA GUO

POLICE WOMEN/ ENSEMBLE............MAYA HSWE,  LAUREN SADDIC 

RAM'S DAD/ VERONICA'S DAD/ PRINCIPAL GOWAN........ROGER RICKER

The following roles are not double cast, but are always in every production:
GEEKS......NORMAN WEST, EVAN BRAMLAGE
PREPPY GIRLS......EMMA BURKE, GWEN GOETZ, MIA GALLAGHER
HIPSTER DORKS.....AMELIA CUSANNO, PAIGE MATTSON, EMILY LLEWELLYN
NEW WAVER........ ...ROYA WOLCOTT
STONER CHICKS......ELLIE SCHREIBER, SARAH BLONAROWYZ
YOUNG REPUBLICANETTES.....MAYA MALOSKEY, NORAH MARTIN

**When not playing role listed with double cast roles, actors appear in the Ensemble**
***Everyone is always in every production***

THE MEDIA THEATRE'S 'VOCALIST' CONTEST ANNOUNCES CONTESTANTS AGES 14-24

You don’t have to go to NYC to find talented young up-and-coming performers. The Media Theatre’s summer contest “The Vocalist” allows local young singers to shine on stage Wednesday nights at 7pm (July 11, 18, and 25). 
The singers are in the age range of 14-24, so the annual competition is very entertaining for audiences, much like the popular national singing contests on television. Produced by Media Music Theatre Co., the weekly showcases provide ample opportunity for the contestants, allowing them a chance to perform for large audiences while honing their skills on Delaware County’s only professional music theater stage.


The contestants have been culled from recent auditions. A winner is eventually announced at the end of the three week competition.

“Audiences will actually get to see each contestant grow,” said Media Music Theatre Co. Artistic Director Jesse Cline. “We also look at this as an educational experience. So, rather than singing one song and leaving the competition, each vocalist has the opportunity to learn a bit more about what it takes to perform in front of an audience on a professional stage.”

Cline, as the one constant judge, is a part of an important process in the competition. He will have an extra category on his ballot that will not appear on the guest judges’ tally sheets. His added category is Individualism, which reflects his connection to the singers each week and his rapport with them following their performances.

Cline said. “There may be a week in which a young singer falters a bit, but I will know what they are capable of and who they are. The Individualism category speaks to the fact that each contestant is unique. Their interests and what is best for them should come first. Each has their own story to tell in their own way.”

The guest judges will mark their ballots in three categories:  Song Choice, Vocal Ability, and Stage Presence. Cline will have those three, plus his extra category. All categories will utilize a 1-10 ranking system, with 1 being the lowest score and 10 being the highest.

Online voting will take place again this year. As with the judges’ scoring, the online voting will also be accumulated. 

“We value our first-time Media Theatre performers as well as those returning,” Cline said. “To have so many aspiring young vocalists from Delaware County and the Philadelphia region interested in our programs here is a big stamp of approval.”

The top five receive cash prizes. "Vocalist" is sponsored by Iron Workers Bank. For tickets call The Media Theatre at 610-891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org

The 2018 "Vocalist" Contestants are:
Alicia Bartosik, 16, Garnet Valley; Joseph Colasante, 15, Brookhaven; Julia deGruchy, 23, Philadelphia; Shaelyn Rayne Fabik, 18, Drexel Hill; Brooke Falls, 18, Glenolden; Lauren Faulkner, 17, Glenolden; Gigi Furlan, 17, Media; Paul Mariani III, 18, Malvern; Ben Mergott, 17, Swarthmore; Danny Murphy, 19, Havertown; Nicole Salerno, 18, Downingtown; Breanne Sensenig, 21, Mountville; Zagara Sims, 14, Coatesville; Matt Tierney, Delco, 17; John Viggiano, 18, Downingtown; Paul Vink, 16, West Chester; Julia Zane, 16, Glenolden

Friday, June 15, 2018

MEDIA THEATRE ANNOUNCES 2018 'VOCALIST JUNIOR' CONTESTANTS

You don’t have to go to NYC to find talented young up-and-coming performers. The Media Theatre’s summer contest “Vocalist Junior” allows local young singers to shine on stage each Sunday night at 7pm July 8 through August 5.

The singers are in the age range of 7-13, so the annual competition is very entertaining for audiences, much like the popular national singing contests on television. Produced by Media Music Theatre Co., the weekly showcases provide ample opportunity for the contestants, allowing them a chance to perform for large audiences while honing their skills on Delaware County’s only professional music theater stage.

Previous contestant Brynne Washbourne

The contestants have been culled from recent auditions. Even though a winner is eventually announced at the end of the five week competition, no one is eliminated until after week four, when the Top 15 are announced. The Top 15 will then perform during the Finals. 

“Audiences will actually get to see each contestants grow,” said Media Music Theatre Co. Artistic Director Jesse Cline. “We also look at this as an educational experience. So, rather than singing one song and leaving the competition, each vocalist has the opportunity to learn a bit more about what it takes to perform in front of an audience on a professional stage.”

Cline, as the one constant judge, is a part of an important process in the competition. He will have an extra category on his ballot that will not appear on the guest judges’ tally sheets. His added category is Individualism, which reflects his connection to the singers each week and his rapport with them following their performances.

Cline said. “There may be a week in which a young singer falters a bit, but I will know what they are capable of and who they are. The Individualism category speaks to the fact that each contestant is unique. Their interests and what is best for them should come first. Each has their own story to tell in their own way.”

The guest judges will mark their ballots in three categories:  Song Choice, Vocal Ability, and Stage Presence. Cline will have those three, plus his extra category. All categories will utilize a 1-10 ranking system, with 1 being the lowest score and 10 being the highest.

Online voting will take place again this year. As with the judges’ scoring, the online voting will also be accumulated. 

“We value our first-time Media Theatre performers as well as those returning,” Cline said. “To have so many aspiring young vocalists from Delaware County and the Philadelphia region interested in our programs here is a big stamp of approval.”

The top five receive cash prizes. "Vocalist Junior" is sponsored by Iron Workers Bank. For tickets call The Media Theatre at 610-891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org


The 2017 “Vocalist Junior” contestants are Zaina Alam, 11, of Wallingford; Savi Bell, 11, Lafayette Hill; Avery Staley-Bischoff, 12, Wallingford; Charlie Carroccio, 7, Newtown Square; Cassidy Else, 13, Drexel Hill; Katie Foca, 12, Wallingford; Alex Hamel, 11, Phoenixville; Julia Irizarry, 13, Magnolia, DE; Josie Intham, 12, Media; Krista Jackson, 10, Crum Lynne; Margaux Leicht, 9, Devon; Anne Mesiriak, 12, Pottstown; Ryan Ming, 8, Garnett Valley; Zoe Nesbitt, 8, Drexel Hill; John Paul Ragazonne, 12, Havertown; Caleb Rosenfeld, 9, Wynnewood; Kai Sherman, 12, Wynnewood; Charlotte Taylor, 9, Delco; Amaia Truong, 8, Wayne; Madison Van Horn, 11, Media; Mary Kate Vink, 12, West Chester. 


Monday, June 11, 2018

THE MEDIA THEATRE PRESENTS THEATRE EXILE'S 'TOMMY AND ME' BY RAY DIDINGER AUGUST 8-26


The Media Theatre presents Theatre Exile’s “Tommy and Me” by Ray Didinger. 
The show, directed by Joe Canuso, is on stage August 8-26.

“Tommy and Me” was hailed as “unabashedly sentimental and sincere” by theatre critic Mark Cofta during its premiere at Theatre Exile. The play is an autobiographical account of a seminal time in Didinger’s life as he assists his life-long hero, Tommy McDonald, reach the goal of being accepted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Didinger said, “I heard from many people who did not get to see the play they hoped they would have another chance. Now they do! What is really gratifying, though, is hearing people say they saw the play and want to see it again. And that they are bringing a friend, their Dad, or someone along with them. Even non-sports fans have been touched by the show. It’s a story that makes people feel good and that’s a beautiful thing.”

“Tommy and Me” had its first public reading in May 2015 by Theatre Exile of Philadelphia. The World Premiere was also produced by Theatre Exile under Deborah Block, Producing Artistic Director in 2016. The Media Theatre’s presentation, August 8-26, will be the first time it has appeared in Delaware County.

The play’s writer, Ray Didinger, was a sports columnist for the Philadelphia Bulletin and Philadelphia Daily News for three decades. He was named Pennsylvania Sportswriter of the Year five times. He was the first print journalist inducted into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame. He won six Emmy Awards as a writer and producer at NFL Films. His documentary on the 1960 Eagles championship season won a Telly Award in 2011. He was the 1995 recipient of the Dick McCann Award for long and distinguished reporting on pro football. He is a 2017 inductee to the Broadcast Pioneers Hall of Fame. Ray is a graduate of Temple University and a member of the School of Communications Hall of Fame. He has authored 11 books. He is a talk show host on WIP radio and a football analyst on the Comcast Sports Network.  

The show is all about Tommy McDonald, who was born in Roy, New Mexico. He was a wide receiver who was a third-round draft pick of the Philadelphia Eagles in 1957. An All-America choice at Oklahoma, he won the Maxwell Award in 1956 as college football’s player of the year. A six-time Pro Bowl selection (1959-1963 and 1966), McDonald played seven seasons with the Eagles (1957-1963), one with the Dallas Cowboys (1964), two with the Los Angeles Rams (1965-1966), and one each with the Atlanta Falcons (1967) and the Cleveland Browns (1968).  Now 82, McDonald currently lives in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania.

The director of the show is Joe Canuso, the Founding Artistic Director of Theatre Exile who has directed many of their shows including Ideation, Lost Girls, Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?, Annapurna, A Behanding in Spokane, That Pretty Pretty, Mr. Marmalade, Red Light Winter, The Gin Game, Burkie, and Belmont Avenue Social Club, as well as the world premieres of RIZZO, Last Call, Amputation Nation, Cryptome, Big Blonde, Live at the Apollo Diner, The Frankenharry Plays, and Tommy and Me by Ray Didinger. He was nominated by the Barrymore Awards for Outstanding Direction of a Play three times and was named Best Director in 2009 by The Philadelphia Weekly for Blackbird. He was nominated as Best Director for a Phindie Award for The North Plan in 2013 and won in 2015 for Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? He was part of Exile’s Barrymore Award winning ensemble for Glengarry Glen Ross in 2007. And he has performed internationally in London, Prague and throughout Italy.

Bruce Graham was the script consultant for the show. Graham began his career as a playwright at the Philadelphia Festival Theatre for New Plays (PFT) in 1984 with Burkie. Graham became playwright-in-residence at PFT and later served two years as Artistic Director. He has received grants from the Pew Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, and was a past winner of the Princess Grace Foundation Statuette. He won the Rosenthal Prize for Coyote On A Fence. He has won consecutive Barrymore Awards for Best New Play (Something Intangible and Any Given Monday) and Chicago’s Jefferson Award for The Outgoing Tide. He is the first American playwright to be invited two years in a row to the Galway Arts Festival, which produced The Outgoing Tide and Stella and Lou. Graham is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  He teaches playwriting and film courses at Drexel University. In the past he has taught graduate level playwriting at University of Pennsylvania, Villanova University, and Rutgers. He has conducted playwriting workshops in high schools and colleges across the country.


The artistic team includes Set Designer and Lighting Designer Thom Weaver, Costumer Designer Katherine Fritz, Sound Designer and Original Music Michael Kiley,  Props Master Flora Vassar, Video/Projection Designer Michael Long, and Script Consultant Bruce Graham.

Tickets are $30-40 and are available at mediatheatre.org or by calling The Media Theatre at 610-891-0100. “Tommy and Me” is scheduled for Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings at 7:30pm, as well as a Saturday matinee at 2pm, and Sunday matinees at 1pm and 5pm each week August 8-26.

There are special guests hosting a talk-back with the audience at each performance:

Aug. 8 — Dick Vermeil, former Eagles head coach, also head coach of Super Bowl champion St. Louis Rams.
Friday, Aug. 10 — Chris Stigall, WPHT talk show host.
Aug. 11 (2 pm) — Gene Collier, author and playwright of The Chief, the play about Steelers owner Art Rooney.
Aug. 11 (7:30) — Vai Sikahema, Channel 10 news anchor and former Eagle.
Aug. 12 (1 pm) — Bill Bergey, former Eagles linebacker.
Aug. 15 — Phil Martelli, St. Joseph’s University basketball coach.
Aug. 17 — Glen Macnow, 94 WIP Sports Radio Host
Aug. 18 (2 pm)  — Bill Marimow, editor, Philadelphia Inquirer.
Aug. 18 (7:30)  — Phil Heron, editor, Delaware County Daily Times.

Aug. 19 (1 pm and 5 pm)  Chris McDonald, Tommy McDonald's son.


Aug. 22 — Mike Mayock, NFL Network analyst.
Aug. 24 — Ron Jaworski, former Eagles quarterback and TV Analyst

Aug. 25 (2 pm) Terry Taylor, former Associated Press sports editor.
Sunday, Aug. 26 (1pm) — David Boardman, dean, Klein School of Communications, Temple University.
Sunday, Aug. 26 (5 pm) — Joe DeCamera and Jon Ritchie, WIP sports radio midday hosts.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

THE MEDIA THEATRE HAS ANOTHER ROUND OF 'VOCALIST' AUDITIONS SATURDAY JUNE 9

The Media Theatre is having another round of "Vocalist" and "Vocalist Junior" auditions on Saturday morning, June 9, at 10:30am. If you were unable to attend the previous audition, now's your chance! Still seeking singers for "Vocalist" (ages 14-14) and "Junior" (ages 7-13). 

“The Vocalist” and “Vocalist Junior” are titles that are representative of the music theatre company’s mission of professional music theatre. The summer 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.

The contest has produced several performers who have gone on to appear in professional productions at The Media Theatre and at other regional theatres or on Broadway, including Ava Briglia who was a top five placer during “Vocalist Junior” and was in Broadway’s hit show “Matilda”, playing the title role. She is currently playing the role of Summer in Broadway's "School of Rock" musical. Jackie Verna, who is from West Chester, PA, was also a contestant a few years ago and is now doing well on NBC’s “The Voice”as a member of Adam Levine's team.
Both age groups may audition Saturday June 9 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 weeks this summer on the following Wednesdays: JULY 11, JULY 18, JULY 25. All contestants will sing each week, with an elimination being made at intermission on July 25 before Act Two.
“Junior” will have a five week competition in 2018 on the following Sundays: JULY 8, JULY 15, JULY 22, JULY 29, AUGUST 5. All Junior contestants will sing the first three weeks prior to eliminations being made before July 29 for the Semi-Finals. After July 29, the Top 15 will return for the Finals on August 5.
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 at mediatheatre.org or by calling 610-891-0100. You may also register at the door the night of the auditions. No appointments; the auditions are held in order of ‘sign-up’. The contest is sponsored by Iron Workers Bank. 

Friday, April 20, 2018

THE MEDIA THEATRE'S 'NEWSIES'....FIRST LOOK PHOTOS!

Disney’s Newsies has its Delaware County premiere at The Media Theatre, on stage now through June 10. Geoffrey Goldberg is the director and choreographer, with Ben Kapilow leading the live orchestra.
Based on the 1992 motion picture, the Broadway musical hit features a score by eight-time Academy Award® winner Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Sister Act) and Jack Feldman and a book by four-time Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein (La Cage aux FollesTorch Song Trilogy). 
While on Broadway, Newsies received 23 major theatrical nominations – including eight Tony Award nods – and won Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Score and Choreography. GET TICKETS
Set in New York City at the turn of the century, Newsies is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a ragged band of teenaged “newsies,” who dreams only of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. But when publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack finds a cause to fight for and rallies newsies from across the city to strike for what’s right. 
Newsies is inspired by the real-life “Newsboy Strike of 1899,” when newsboy Kid Blink led a band of orphan and runaway newsies on a two-week-long action against Pulitzer, Hearst and other powerful newspaper publishers. Timely and fresh, the fictionalized adaptation of Newsies addresses age-old themes of social injustice, exploitative labor practices and David-versus-Goliath struggles as the young learn to harness their power against a corrupt establishment. High-energy with non-stop thrills, the stage version introduces eight brand-new songs by the original team of Menken and Feldman while keeping many of the beloved songs from the film, including “Carrying the Banner,” “Seize the Day,” “King of New York” and “Santa Fe.”
Check out the photos by Maura McConnell and be sure to get tickets: mediatheatre.org/ 610-891-0100
JEFF SUNDHEIM AS JACK KELLY, SURROUNDED BY THE 'NEWSIES'
THE 'NEWSIES' STRIKE!
Dakota Miller, Christian Ryan, and Joshua Bellamy are "Newsies" flying high!
MEGAN MCDEVITT IS KATHERINE PLUMBER, HERE WITH THE 'NEWSIES'
THE 'NEWSIES' LISTEN TO JACK KELLY (Jeff Sundheim) 
RYANE NICOLE STUDIVANT IS MEDDA LARKIN
KELLY BRIGGS (right) IS JOSEPH PULITZER, here with Jack Kelly (Jeff Sundheim)
JEFF SUNDHEIM IS JACK KELLY (center), with GUNAR DANIELS as Romeo, ZACHARY AMOS as Les, TONY CLEMENTS as Davey, and DAKOTA MILLER as Specs in "Newsies" 

Monday, March 26, 2018

SAIL INTO A NEW 'LITTLE MERMAID' AT THE MEDIA THEATRE THRU MAY 20

There's a new musical version of Hans Christian Andersen's "The Little Mermaid" at The Media Theatre every weekend through May 20. 
Developed for children ages 4 and up, the 50 minute show features new songs, colorful costumes, and an opportunity for the little ones in the audience to join the show on stage. GET TICKETS
In this adaptation Doria is the youngest mermaid who wishes to live on land. She wants to be more like the humans above. Her father, the humorous Sea King, understands she is unable to fulfill her dream but wants her to figure things out on her own.
Mae Weaver as Doria The Mermaid, with Leo Koncos as The Prince.
They share the roles with Madison Van Horn and Zachary Amos
at The Media Theatre through May 20.
She finally gets her chance to go to The Rock above land and see what life is like above the water where she rescues a group of Sailors and one charming Prince. 
Songs include "The World Above", "Mermaid's Song", "Beauty of The Sea" and more. The musical's message is all about accepting who you are as well as a reminder to appreciate the creatures of the ocean. 
It's on Sundays at Noon through May 20 (no performance Easter Sunday; one Saturday morning show March 31 at 11am). For tickets, visit mediatheatre.org or call 610-891-0100.
This production has no scary villain and is a great introduction to live theatre for small children. Roger Ricker appears as the humorous Sea King. 

Monday, March 19, 2018

THE MEDIA THEATRE ANNOUNCES 2018-19 SEASON

The Media Theatre, an award-winning professional music theatre located at 104 East State Street in Media, Pa., continues entertaining and inspiring audiences during the 2018-19 season with titles that include Shakespeare, disco music, and one of Sondheim's classics. The productions are produced by Media Music Theatre Company, fulfilling the vision put forth by its Artistic Director Jesse Cline over two decades ago. 

"We look forward to a great season," Cline said. "I've always wanted to produce "Sweeney Todd" and am looking forward to opening our season with the legendary musical."


"Sweeney Todd", the tale of a Victorian-era barber in London who seeks revenge on a corrupt judge who sentenced him to exile while gaining the assistance of a culinary accomplice, plays on The Media Theatre's stage October 3-28, 2018. The winner of 8 Tony Awards including Best Musical upon its Broadway premiere in 1979, the thrilling show has music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by Hugh Wheeler. The show's subtitle, "The Demon Barber of Fleet Street", captures the dark wit of the lush, operatic musical. 


For the holiday season, "The Wizard of OZ" will delight audiences of all ages November 14, 2018 to January 13, 2019. Dorothy and her friends travel The Yellow Brick Road in the legendary adventure, going "Over The Rainbow" to Munchkinland and beyond as she discovers there truly is no place like home.

Shakespeare's play "Julius Caesar" is on stage January 30 to February 24, 2019. Conspirators plot the dictator's assassination in The Bard's masterpiece which features such legendary quotes as 'The evil that men do lives long after them' and 'Men at some time are the masters of their fates'. There are several 10am performances scheduled during the week of "Julius Caesar" for high school student groups.

The spring brings two musicals which feature number one pop hits of the '60's and the '70's.

"Beehive", in which six ladies take audiences back to the era of transistor radios, flower power, and miniskirts with songs like "Be My Baby", "My Boyfriend's Back", and "Son of A Preacher Man", is a testament to female empowerment. The ladies recall their first dance to the nation's challenges, all set to the beat of the 1960's. It's going to entertain March 13-31, 2019.

We leap from the '60's to the 1970's with the always popular "Saturday Night Fever: The Musical". Featuring many of the Bee Gees greatest hits, such as "Stayin' Alive", "Night Fever", and "Jive Talkin'", it's the story of a streetwise kid from Brooklyn who attempts to escape his dead-end life through dancing. The large ensemble cast will put on their Boogie Shoes April 17 through June 8, 2019.

Subscriptions are now on sale by calling 610-891-0100. Visit mediatheatre.org for further information. 

Saturday, March 17, 2018

THE MEDIA THEATRE HAS A GREAT CAST IN 'NEWSIES' APRIL 18 THRU JUNE 10

Disney’s "Newsies" has a Delaware County premiere on The Media Theatre stage April 18 through June 10. The Media Theatre (Jesse Cline, Artistic Director) is a professional music theatre located at 104 East State Street in Media, with free parking after 5pm every weekday and on weekends, and in close proximity to award winning restaurants. 
Based on the 1992 motion picture, "Newsies" features a score by eight-time Academy Award® winner Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Sister Act) and Jack Feldman and a book by four-time Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein (La Cage aux FollesTorch Song Trilogy). 
While on Broadway, "Newsies" received 23 major theatrical nominations – including eight Tony Award nods – and won Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Score and Choreography. GET TICKETS
Set in New York City at the turn of the century, "Newsies" is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a ragged band of teenaged 'newsies', who dreams only of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. But when publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack finds a cause to fight for and rallies newsies from across the city to strike for what’s right. 
"Newsies" is inspired by the real-life Newsboy Strike of 1899, when newsboy Kid Blink led a band of orphan and runaway newsies on a two-week-long action against Pulitzer, Hearst and other powerful newspaper publishers. 
Timely and fresh, the fictionalized adaptation of "Newsies" addresses age-old themes of social injustice, exploitative labor practices and David-versus-Goliath struggles as the young learn to harness their power against a corrupt establishment. High-energy with non-stop thrills, the stage version introduces eight brand-new songs by the original team of Menken and Feldman while keeping many of the beloved songs from the film, including “Carrying the Banner,” “Seize the Day,” “King of New York” and “Santa Fe.”
The show is directed and choreographed by Geoffrey Goldberg, who recently directed the critically acclaimed "Next To Normal" at The Media Theatre as well as "Billy Elliot" three seasons back. Ben Kapilow music directs, and also accompanies the live orchestra. 
"Newsies" has Jeff Sundheim as Jack Kelly. Sundheim was seen off-Broadway in "The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe", and has been in regional productions of "Dogfight", "Peter and the Starcatcher", "Tarzan", and "Evita". He makes his Media Theatre debut with "Newsies".
Jeff Sundheim, who plays Jack Kelly in The Media Theatre's "Newsies" April 18 to June 10
Others in the cast are Megan McDevitt as Katherine, Tony Clements as Davey, Christopher Infantino as Crutchie, Ryane Nicole Studivant as Medda, Julia DeGruchy as Hannah, and Kelly Briggs as Pulitzer. The role of Les is double cast and will be shared by two Media Theatre students: Zachary Amos and Aidan Crane.
The Newsies, who do triple duty as dancers, singers, and actors, are: Joshua Bellamy, Gunar Daniels, Zachary Debevec, Ronnie Keller, Ryan Lauer, Dakota Mullins, Marc Andrew Nunez, Christian Ryan, Xavier Brian Townsend.
Five actors portray more than one role in the fast-paced production. They are JP Dunphy, Rusty Flounders, Chris Kovaks, Roger Ricker, and AJ Whittenberger. 
The Delancey Brothers are played by Steve Chisholm and Norman West. The Bowery Beauties are Lauren Bristow and Anna Ferrigno, who are also in the Ensemble.
For tickets to Disney's "Newsies" at The Media Theatre, call 610-891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org. It's on stage April 18 through June 10. Group rates available. 
There are several 10am performances for school student groups. All evening performances (Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat) are at 7pm for family audiences. Matinees are Wednesdays at 2pm, Saturdays at 2pm, and Sundays at 3pm. 

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