Friday, February 14, 2020

THE MEDIA THEATRE ANNOUNCES THE CAST OF 'BABY' (March 11-29)

Is there anything more exciting, frightening and utterly transformational than impending parenthood? 
"BABY", the musical from the acclaimed duo Richard Maltby, Jr., and David Shire, examines how parents-to-be experience the emotional stresses and triumphs, as well as the desperate lows and the comic highs that accompany the anticipation and arrival of a baby.

Three couples on a university campus deal with the painful, rewarding and agonizingly funny consequences of the universal experience of pregnancy and upcoming parenthood. There are the college students, barely at the beginning of their adult lives; the thirty-somethings, having trouble conceiving but determined to try; and the middle-aged parents, looking forward to seeing their last child graduate from college… when a night of unexpected passion lands them back where they started.
Jesse Cline will direct the musical at The Media Theatre, which is on stage          March 11-29. Christian Ryan assists Cline and choreographs, with Ben Kapilow as Music Director.
Tickets are available at mediatheatre.org or by calling 610-891-0100
The cast of BABY is:
Lizzie....Katie Emery
Danny...Gregory Powers
Pam...Ashley Sweetman
Nick...Evan Ross Brody
Arlene...Pam Jorgensen
Alan....John Smitherman
The Ensemble consists of Sara Braslow, Patrick Ludt, Kimberly Maxson, Wyatt McManus, Leah Senseney, Grant Struble, Ryane Nicole Studivant, and Tiara Whales

Monday, February 10, 2020

MEDIA THEATRE'S GALA IS MARCH 28, 2020! Here Is A Bit Of The Theatre's History

The Media Theatre: 
26 Years of Professional Music Theatre!
"Theatre That Sings" Gala Event March 28, 2020

The interior of The Media Theatre, as it appeared 26 years ago prior to the opening night of "My Fair Lady"
It was 26 years ago that the marquee was illuminated with the first ever professional musical production in Media, “My Fair Lady”. A sold out crowd of Delaware County and Philadelphia’s most prominent personalities, politicians, and influential names attended the opening night. Before the majestic red curtain opened for the legendary musical’s first scene, Tony nominated Broadway actress Ann Crumb introduced “Philadelphia’s newest professional musical stage” to roaring applause.

Rockwell Productions, with Artistic Director Jesse Cline, was a for-profit entity at the time. Walter Strine, Sr. of Media Real Estate, had the vision to renovate the old movie house as a live performing arts center, and chose “My Fair Lady” as the first production in honor of his loving wife, Elizabeth.

As time passed, more legendary musicals were brought to the stage by Cline: “Carousel”, “Jesus Christ Superstar”, “Annie”, “South Pacific”, and famed operettas “The New Moon”, “Rose Marie”, and “The Student Prince” to name a few. Each season, within a 12 month period, six professional musicals were staged. Two of the most popular during the for-profit’s 7 years of productions were “Meet Me In St. Louis” and “42nd Street”, which brought in huge audiences of over 12,000 each. The musicals, prior to appearing at The Media Theatre, had shorter runs in Milton, PA, where the productions began.

During this time period, from 1994 forward, there was also a not-for-profit entity – The Society For the Performing Arts of The Media Theatre. The Society, through fundraising, produced The Media Theatre’s Children’s Series, Concerts, and Special Events.

In December of 2000, Rockwell Productions produced its final musical. Artistic Director Jesse Cline remained as the head of the non-profit entity (The Society for The Performing Arts). He and his life partner, Executive Director Patrick Ward, began producing professional musicals with the assistance of Walter Strine, Sr., so that The Media Theatre would continue to operate as a full-fledged Broadway style house for classic and new musicals.
The exterior of The Media Theatre in a recent photo
Since that time, every production produced by Cline and his staff has been under the auspices of the non-profit Society. It was Cline, Ward, and Strine’s wish that the marquee would continue to light up State Street as one of Philadelphia’s most popular music theatres.

As time went by, in 2003, Mr. Strine sold the historic Media Theatre with a combination of State and local grants to the Borough of Media. Mayor Bob McMahon became a conduit to the borough during this time period, working with Cline and Ward, in establishing a 30 year lease with the borough through the non-profit Society so that the award-winning musicals would continue to have a home.

As a non-profit professional music theatre company and with Jesse Cline as its visionary, The Media Theatre has become nationally recognized. Performers in its musicals have included Emmy Winner Wanda Sykes, who appeared as Miss Hannigan in 2010’s “Annie” (which is, to date, the theatre company’s most successful production ever). Other marquee names have included Tony nominee Ann Crumb (“Master Class”, “Wings”, “Souvenir”, “Sunset Boulevard”), American Idol’s Justin Guarini (“Chicago”), and the legendary Andrea McArdle (“Mame”, “Hello Dolly”).

There have also been Tony winners of note who have performed at the theatre’s annual Gala and benefit concerts: Betty Buckley, Judy Kaye, Il Divo’s David Miller, and Alice Ripley. Even Tony nominee Josh Young, a Delaware County native, entertained audiences on State Street.

A photo from "Mame" starring Broadway's legendary Andrea McArdle, which was on The Media Theatre stage in 2013.
Cline has led The Media Theatre to award-winning status with “Best Of” honors from The Philadelphia Inquirer, Delaware County Daily Times, Main Line Times, and Broadway World. On a national level, The New York Daily News referred to The Media Theatre as an ‘iconic cornerstone of Delaware County’.

The music theatre company has also been honored by The US Congress and The PA House of Representatives for its work with The State Street Miracles, a performance troupe of adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities that was created by Cline and Delco’s Patricia Cofiell in 2006. The Miracles are often referred to as “Great Ambassadors for Music Theatre and The Media Theatre” due to their moving performances.

An integral part of Cline’s vision and mission is the educational component of The Media Theatre. In the year 2000, as the company became a non-profit, he created and established Camp Media Theatre, a summer day camp learning experience for ages 5-14. Initially a four week camp, the summer event grew in popularity each year, and now offers ten weeks of camp (five two-week sessions).

From The Media Theatre's Teen Camp Musical three years ago, "School Of Rock", which also featured an ensemble of younger performers who portrayed 'the students'.

Camp Media Theatre expanded in 2002 to a Teen Broadway Camp in which camp participants rehearse and perform an entire two-act musical working with professional directors and designers. The first Teen Camp production, “West Side Story”, performed for only one weekend after a two-week rehearsal process. The productions sold out at the time, and since then the Teen Camp grew to a three-week rehearsal process and an entire month of weekend performances (four per weekend).

During the non-summer months, Cline created and still oversees The Media Theatre’s School of the Theatre. Acting Classes are offered for young children, as well as an intermediate level, a Tween Class, a Teen Class, and an Adult Class. There are Fall, Winter, and Spring sessions of Acting Class with each having over 60 students regularly.

Noticing that there was a need for a more exclusive type of learning experience for youth who had expressed a possible interest in the theatre as a career, Cline created the conservatory-style New School several years ago. Only up to 30 students are accepted into the New School each year, where they learn in a Master Class environment. Cline instructs the acting component of The New School, and Resident Music Director Ben Kapilow instructs the vocal music portion.

One of the most unique attributes of The Media Theatre’s educational programs is that the students involved are invited, several times a year, to participate in the theatre’s Children’s Series. There, they become involved in a rehearsal process as they begin to bring titles such as “Cinderella”, “Jack Frost”, and others to life on the stage utilizing their personalities within the context of the script. The Children’s Series shows are performed by the students, with one or two special guest adult actors, each weekend in front of general public audiences.

With all of these ingredients of a professional music theatre, The Media Theatre certainly adds more than a bright marquee to the borough of Media. It is the second largest employer in the borough, after the Court House, with its ever-changing cast of actors for each show, musical theatre orchestra pit performers, directors, designers, and box office staff. Audiences who attend the musicals and children’s shows often visit the local restaurants for lunch or dinner and browse the local shops. This includes the groups that are ‘bussed in’ to attend weekday matinees throughout the year. The audiences have been a major asset to the local economy.

The Media Theatre's Artistic Director Jesse Cline
All of the previously mentioned components of The Media Theatre have been happening now for 26 years! At the annual Gala benefit on March 28, 2020, which includes a reception prior to the evening’s entertainment, these programs will be highlighted and celebrated. Special guests will speak, and honorees will assist The Media Theatre in looking forward to the future. The night's honorees are NBC 10 (Arts Advocate Award) and The Boys and Girls Club of Chester (Community Partnership Award).

So, when you purchase your ticket to the March 28th benefit or sponsor the event, you are a large part of The Media Theatre’s integral and appreciated family. For, without your support, local youth with a passion for music theatre would not have their ‘beacon of light’ on State Street, and professional actors, designers, directors, and musicians would have one less marquee inviting them ‘home’.

Most importantly, with your support, you are assisting to provide much needed updated microphones for the professional actors in the Broadway Series. For what is "Theatre That Sings" unless you are able to hear the song in all of its clarity and beauty? This means you will have many more days and evenings of entertainment coming up for audiences of all ages. 

To join The Media Theatre at its 26th Anniversary Benefit Gala Event on March 28, call 610-891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org. Tickets are $150 per person, which includes the reception, an entertaining and moving one-night-only concert event, and much more. 

Monday, January 27, 2020

U.S. REPRESENTATIVE MARY GAY SCANLON WILL SPEAK AT THE MEDIA THEATRE AT FEB. 9 PERFORMANCE OF 'ELEANOR'

U.S. Rep. Scanlon reflects on “Eleanor’s” legacy at Media Theatre

“Talk Back” with Congresswoman to follow Feb. 9 matinee of “Eleanor” musical

Weeks after joining thousands of women 
at the Jan. 18 Women’s March in Philadelphia,
U.S. Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon will meet with constituents 
in a more intimate setting -- 
The Media Theatre.

Rep. Scanlon will reflect on the remarkable legacy of 
First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt
during a Talk Back session 
following the Feb. 9 matinee of “Eleanor, An American Love Story,”
the history-based musical playing at the Media Theatre Jan. 29 to Feb. 23.
U.S. REPRESENTATIVE MARY GAY SCANLON,
WHO WILL SPEAK AFTER THE FEB. 9 PERFORMANCE OF 'ELEANOR' AT THE MEDIA THEATRE


“Eleanor” is based on the early lives of Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt, 
from their passionate courtship, 
through their complicated marriage with a domineering mother-in-law, 
to Eleanor’s emerging role as a catalyst for social change in America. 

Patrons of the play will learn that 
Eleanor’s courage, compassion and advocacy for human rights 
are as relevant today as they were in the 1920s.

As one of the first elected U.S. Congresswomen 
to represent the Commonwealth, 
Rep. Scanlon also advocates for social change. 

Sworn into the U.S. House of Representatives 
on Nov. 13, 2018, she represents Pennsylvania’s 5th Congressional District.

Rep. Scanlon is an education and human rights activist. 
Her priorities in Congress include voting rights, education, 
common sense gun safety legislation and protecting the rights of
children, families, veterans and senior citizens.

Like Eleanor Roosevelt, she works tirelessly 
'for equality, justice and opportunity for all Americans, 
while also being dedicated to her family in Swarthmore.

In addressing the Philadelphia Women’s March, 
Scanlon said: “Three years ago, women right here in the birthplace of our nation 
and everywhere around the country…took to the streets
to demand equality, opportunity, justice and to be heard. 
'We march forward because we refuse to go back.”

Congresswoman Scanlon serves as Vice Chair of the House Judiciary Committee, 
the House Rules Committee and the House Select Committee 
on the Modernization of Congress.

She previously served as national pro bono counsel 
at a major U.S. law firm where she directed lawyers 
who provided pro bono legal services to low-income clients. 
Under her leadership, the pro bono program 
worked on issues such as voting rights, child advocacy,
immigration, fair housing, public benefits, 
criminal justice reform and freedom of the press.

A graduate of Colgate University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School, 
she and her husband Mark have three children.

The Talk Back will take place after the 3 p.m. matinee of “Eleanor” 
at the Media Theatre.
Only those attending the matinee will be invited to remain 
after the show for the Talk Back.

Ticket information:
“Eleanor, An American Love Story” 
runs Jan. 29 to Feb. 23 at the Media Theatre, 
104 E. State St., Media. 

For show times and ticket information visit the website at
www.mediatheatre.org or call the Media Theatre, 610-891-0100.

Monday, January 6, 2020

THE MEDIA THEATRE ANNOUNCES CAST OF 'ELEANOR, AN AMERICAN LOVE STORY'

A rarely produced musical that chronicles the story of the shy young aristocrat who was destined to become our First Lady, "Eleanor, An American Love Story", will be at The Media Theatre January 29 through February 23.

Warmth, humor, and insight propel the story of the evolving relationship between Eleanor and Franklin including their passionate courtship, tumultuous marriage, and the courage that eventually led to Eleanor’s emergence as a catalyst for social change.
Music by Thomas Tierney; Lyrics by John Forster; Book by Jonathon Bolt
Songs include “How The Other Half Lives”, “Our Beautiful Daughters” and “The New Century Walk”
The Washington City Paper says the show is “A snappy throwback to the era when Broadway musicals knew what they were about and how to entertain.”
It's an especially relevant musical for today's times, as it highlights a champion for women's rights.
Directed by Jesse Cline, with Ben Kapilow as Music Director, "Eleanor, An American Love Story" has a cast of professional actors and features a live orchestra, as do all of The Media Theatre's Broadway Series musicals. TICKETS HERE

The cast of "Eleanor" is:
Eleanor Roosevelt.............Maxwell Porterfield
Franklin Delano Roosevelt............Patrick Ludt*
Sara Roosevelt..............................Susan Wefel
Louis Howe...................................Roger Ricker*
Alice Roosevelt.............................Hannah Parke*
Teddy Roosevelt...........................Kelly Briggs*
Lucy Mercer..................................Chelsea Aubert
Ensemble: Sara Braslow*, Chris Fitting, Rusty Flounders*, Leah Senseney, Grant Struble, JJ Vavrik, Marissa Wolner*
YOUTH CAST:
Young Eleanor.....Lila Bea Hannon/ Lily Jo Shelkin
Young James.......Elliott Boldin/ Preston Newton
Teen James..........Zachary Amos/ Tyler Matthewz
Teen Anna............Grace Conroy/ Madison Van Horn
Maria.....................Lulu Spinelli/ Chloe Tomaszewski
Spike.....................Reese Masiello/ Sutton Gold
Pepini....................Charlie Carroccio/ Zoe Nesbitt
*Member Actors Equity Association




Wednesday, November 27, 2019

THE MEDIA THEATRE ANNOUNCES CHANGES TO 'THE VOCALIST' 2020

Even though it's the holiday season, talent never rests! So The Media Theatre is announcing changes to its summer singing contest "The Vocalist".

Well, actually, this summer it's just "The Vocalist Junior" for ages 7-13. There will not be a "Vocalist" for ages 14-24 in 2020. 

THE 2019 VOCALIST JUNIOR WINNER, ELLIOTT BOLDIN.
HE IS CURRENTLY PERFORMING IN 'JACK FROST SAVES CHRISTMAS'
AT THE MEDIA THEATRE
SUNDAYS AT NOON
"We are re-organizing the contest," said Artistic Director Jesse Cline. "Times are changing, and the interests of older youth are changing with the times. We decided it best to focus on the younger age group this summer, as the Junior version of the contest has overtaken the original version in popularity."

"The Vocalist Junior" will be moving to Wednesday nights in July, leaving Sunday evenings free for families to return from the shore or to relax at home. For the Junior contestants, rehearsals will take place each Tuesday at 4:30pm prior to the Wednesday night performance at 7pm.

The contest itself will remain as it was: an opportunity for young performers to hone their craft while performing in front of a live audience. As they sing on the stage of Delaware County's only professional music theatre, they will learn valuable lessons on stage presence. After the four-week Wednesday night run, a "Junior" winner will be announced.

So, even though the holidays are upon us, it's not too early to start thinking about the summer's popular "Vocalist Junior" event, especially if you are planning a vacation.
The contest will take place on July 8, 15, 22, and 29 at 7pm.

Auditions will take place in May. Anyone interested may email Roger Ricker at rer764@gmail.com for information until then.


Monday, November 25, 2019

THE MEDIA THEATRE RECEIVES 39 'BEST OF PHILLY THEATRE 2019' BROADWAY WORLD NOMINATIONS

The Media Theatre received 39 nominations for the Broadway World 2019 "Best of Philadelphia Theatre" Awards, sponsored by TodayTix.

The nominations were made by the theatre community, and voting will take place through the end of December online at the Broadway World Philadelphia site. Voting is open to the theatre community and members of the general public. To vote, follow this link: https://www.broadwayworld.com/philadelphia/voteregion.cfm



Broadway World is an online theatrical media magazine, which gives an up-to-date daily journal of the latest theatrical news from Broadway to London's West End.

Shows produced between October 1, 2018 and September 30, 2019 were eligible.

MELISSA RAPALJE AND JESSE CORBIN IN 'SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER'.
BOTH ARE NOMINATED FOR BROADWAY WORLD AWARDS FOR THEIR PERFORMANCES IN DIRECTOR JESSE CLINE'S PRODUCTION FROM LAST SPRING.
THE MUSICAL RECEIVED 9 NOMINATIONS.
Last spring's "Saturday Night Fever" received 9 nominations, the most of any of The Media Theatre's productions eligible. It was directed by Jesse Cline, who received a nomination for his work on that show as well as a second nomination for directing "Sweeney Todd".

The Media Theatre has, in recent years, received 92 "Best of Philadelphia Theatre" Awards from Broadway World. Its nominations this year include:

BEST PRODUCTION OF A MUSICAL: "SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER", "THE WIZARD OF OZ" 

BEST PRODUCTION OF A PLAY: "JULIUS CAESAR" 

BEST DIRECTOR OF A MUSICAL: JESSE CLINE, "SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER"; JESSE CLINE, "SWEENEY TODD"

BEST DIRECTOR OF A PLAY: BILL VAN HORN, "JULIUS CAESAR"

BEST ENSEMBLE OF A MUSICAL: "BEEHIVE"; "FOREVER PLAID"; "THE WIZARD OF OZ"

BEST ENSEMBLE OF A PLAY: "JULIUS CAESAR"

BEST NEW WORK: "THE SNOW QUEEN" (Book and Lyrics: Roger Ricker/ Music: Pat D'Amato)

BEST SPECIAL EVENT: "THE SNOW QUEEN", "ROGER RICKER AND FRIENDS: WE ARE FAMILY"

BEST ACTOR IN A MUSICAL: JESSE CORBIN, "SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER"; DOUGLAS LADNIER, "SWEENEY TODD"; CARL NATHANIEL SMITH, "FOREVER PLAID"

BEST ACTOR IN A PLAY: DAMON BONETTI, "JULIUS CAESAR"

BEST ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL: MELISSA RAPALJE, "SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER"; ANNA ROSENTHAL, "THE WIZARD OF OZ"; JENNY LEE STERN, "SWEENEY TODD"

BEST ACTRESS IN A PLAY: JENNIE EISENHOWER, "JULIUS CAESAR"

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL: KELLY BRIGGS, "THE WIZARD OF OZ"; RONNIE KELLER, "SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER"; ROGER RICKER, "THE WIZARD OF OZ"; NICHOLAS SAVERINE, "SWEENEY TODD"; BOB STINEMAN, "THE WIZARD OF OZ" 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL: TAMARA DELLA ANDERSON, "SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER"; JENNIE EISENHOWER, "SWEENEY TODD"; ANNA FERRIGNO, "SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER"; RYANE NICOLE STUDIVANT, "BEEHIVE"

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A PLAY: LISA VILLAMIL, "JULIUS CAESAR"

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY: MARC ANDREW NUNEZ, "THE WIZARD OF OZ"; CHRISTIAN RYAN, "SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER"

BEST MUSIC DIRECTION: BEN KAPILOW, "SWEENEY TODD"

BEST SOUND DESIGN: CARL PARK, "SWEENEY TODD"

BEST COSTUMES: RYN SMITH, "BEEHIVE"

BEST LIGHTING DESIGN: STEVEN SPERA, "SWEENEY TODD"

BEST SET DESIGN: MATTHEW MILLER, "SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER"

BEST IN A LOCAL NON-AEA PRODUCTION: OWEN MANNION, "PIPPIN"

Monday, November 18, 2019

THE MEDIA THEATRE HAS 'JACK FROST' RETURNING FOR THE HOLIDAYS


It's time for the holidays which means "Jack Frost Saves Christmas" is on stage at The Media Theatre. This one hour upbeat and heartfelt show for youth of all ages is becoming an annual tradition at The Media Theatre. It's all about the boy who can't seem to do anything right because everything he touches turns to ice! Soon, however, friendship and the art of giving get everyone in on the act for a wonderful holiday.

"Jack Frost Saves Christmas" is by Matt and Tina Jo Wallace with music by Scott Bradley, a previous resident music director for The Media Theatre. Songs include "Countdown to Christmas", "Frost", and "Gifts Are For Giving". It's on Sundays at Noon through December 22, and a December 29 performance at 11am. GET TICKETS

Springfield's Greyson Heneks who plays the title role in "Jack Frost Saves Christmas"

The production this year features Media Theatre student Greyson Heneks as Jack Frost. He is 9 years old and resides in Springfield, PA. He has performed in many Media Theater children’s productions such as Snow White, The Snow Queen and Five Little Pumpkins. Greyson also performed in Media Theater’s main stage production of The Wizard of Oz, and was recently seen as Bruce in Matilda: The Musical. When not performing, he enjoys dancing, telling jokes and art.

The show features audience participation, particularly when the entire audience is asked to assist Jack Frost. The Rompin' Reindeer dance is also always an audience favorite as several volunteers from the audience are asked to participate. 

Ben Kapilow music directs, with Roger Ricker directing the fast-paced show for children ages 3 and up. Carol Sorensen costume designs with vibrant colors. For tickets call 610-891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org



Saturday, November 16, 2019

FIRST LOOK PHOTOS: The Media Theatre's ELF: THE MUSICAL

The Media Theatre has "Elf: The Musical" this holiday season, through January 12.
Directed and choreographed by Christian Ryan, the production features Chicago's Josh Houghton as Buddy, the Elf in the musical based on the classic 2003 movie.
Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised, unaware that he is actually a human until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth.
With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity.
Songs include "Christmastown", "Never Fall In Love With An Elf", and "SparkleJollyTwinkleJingley". Ben Kapilow music directs the two-hour-and-fifteen minute show.
Photos are by Maura McConnell. Tickets are available by calling 610-891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org








Wednesday, September 18, 2019

EXELON GENERATION SPONSORS COLLABORATION BETWEEN THE MEDIA THEATRE AND BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB OF CHESTER


Exelon Generation is pleased to announce its support of community theatrical arts by sponsoring the first-time ever collaboration between The Media Theatre and Chester Boys and Girls Club

“Choices,” is a provocative and introspective work that highlights the challenges and difficulties often faced by at-risk youth growing up in the city of Chester, PA. This original work was written and is being performed by six youth who recount their experiences and some of the choices they have made growing up in a historically underprivileged community.



“This is a performance about art, voice, crisis, diversity, triumph, humanism, and friendship," said The Media Theatre's Artistic Director Jesse Cline. "We are incredibly proud of the boys and girls who have dedicated their time and energy for the last several months to rehearse. We are also very appreciative of Exelon Generation for their generous support of this program.”

“Through sponsorships and support of community-based programs, we help people of all ages and backgrounds enjoy and experience the arts throughout our region,” said John Barnes, president, Exelon Power. “The arts unify our communities regardless of age, race
and ethnicity and help us express our values, and build bridges between cultures – we are extremely proud to sponsor this important collaboration and the performance of “Choices.”

“Choices” is a one-time only performance scheduled for Sunday, September 29 at 2:00pm at the Media Theatre.
Call 610-891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org for info.

About Exelon Generation
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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

MEDIA THEATRE HAS ROGER RICKER 'WE ARE FAMILY' CONCERT SEPT. 14

Roger Ricker has spent just about half of his lifetime at The Media Theatre. "Started in 1994, when I was 30 years old," he reminisced.

"Being involved in almost every aspect of the company has kept me  feeling young," he said. "There is no monotony here. Each day is a new chapter. And, sometimes, it's a new show."

The show on Saturday night, September 14 at 7pm, will be the annual Roger Ricker & Friends fundraiser for The Media Theatre. "I like to refer to them as fun-raisers, because we just have a party," Ricker explained. "We have lots of surprises and special guests, The State Street Miracles, and very talented youth performers to round out the show."
The Media Theatre's Roger Ricker
with one of his best friends (Link, The Media Theatre Boxer).
This year's theme is "We Are Family" and, somewhat fittingly, will be the first performance on The Media Theatre's brand new stage. "It won't be complete yet," he said. "But the foundation will be there. Should be a very exciting night!"

The annual Volunteer of The Year Award will be presented to Havertown's Carol Sorensen. She donates her talent up to four times per season as The Media Theatre's Children's Series Costume Designer. "Carol is a treasure," Ricker stated. "Her costume design work is impeccable. She adds such dimension to our Children's Series. Tellingly, she does it out of the kindness of her heart because she loves the theatre and the children. That's definitely worth an Award!"

Special guests this year include Delaware County icon Susan Wefel, who will make her first appearance in the two-time Broadway World Award-winning Ricker concerts. She has a connection to The Media Theatre, due to emceeing the annual summer singing contest "The Vocalist", and by having appeared in several musicals directed by the theatre's Artistic Director Jesse Cline.

Philadelphia's Tamara Anderson will also join the party by singing two duets with Ricker and performing one of her favorites. She was recently seen in "Saturday Night Fever" at Media and will be in the upcoming "Matilda: The Musical" as Miss Phelps.

One of Media's most popular performers, Broadway and Cabaret entertainer Kelly Briggs, will once again join Ricker on stage. He will be seen in two of Media's upcoming productions, "Matilda" and "Elf".

Both of the young actresses sharing the role of "Matilda" (Sydney Amos and Zoe Nesbitt) will perform a song from that show--together, for the first time. 

The Youth Ensemble will join professional performers in several numbers, and The State Street Miracles will once again prove they are 'adults with abilities' as the intellectually challenged group will sing some of their trademark numbers.

"I'll be doing upbeat pop songs for the most part," Ricker said. "Probably some songs the new generation doesn't even know, but hey--let's introduce them to a few oldies, right? It's all for the future of The Media Theatre."

For tickets, at $25 each, visit mediatheatre.org or call 610-891-0100. Sponsorship packages are also available for the September 14 fundraiser. The accompanist for the evening is Resident Music Director Ben Kapilow.
Laura Thomas Dutton choreographs.

The theme, "We Are Family", speaks to a dedicated group of professionals, volunteers, families, and students who have a shared goal which is to strengthen The Media Theatre's mission of professional music theatre as it moves into the future. 

Thursday, August 22, 2019

MEDIA THEATRE ANNOUNCES 'ELF' CAST

Remember how that movie "Elf" starring Will Ferrell made you laugh? And how heartwarming it was? Well, "Elf" is also a Broadway musical, and it's coming to The Media Theatre this holiday season (November 13-January 12). Christian Ryan directs and choreographs. Ben Kapilow is Resident Music Director.


Elf The Musical is a must-see holiday treat . Based on the cherished 2003 New Line Cinema hit, Elf features songs by Tony Award nominees, Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin (Disney’s Aladdin on BroadwayThe Wedding Singer), with a book by Tony Award winners, Thomas Meehan (AnnieThe ProducersHairspray) and Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone).

Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised, unaware that he is actually a human until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth.
With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Faced with the harsh realities that his father is on the naughty list and his half-brother doesn’t even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.
This modern-day holiday classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner elf. After all, the best way to spread Christmas Cheer is singing loud for all to hear.
At The Media Theatre, the role of Buddy The Elf will be played by Chicago's Josh Houghton. He resides in Chicago, but enjoys performing all over the States. This will be his Media debut.
One of Philadelphia's brightest stars, Krissy Fraelich, returns to Media's stage as Emily Hobbs. Another well known Philadelphia actor, Bob Stineman, plays her husband Walter. Media Theatre student Aidan Crane will share the role of their son Michael with Alex Hamel.
Kelly Briggs takes on the dual role of Santa and Mr. Greenway.
For show information, dates and times, etc., please visit mediatheatre.org. ELF is on November 13, 2019 to January 12, 2020.
The complete cast is:
Buddy- Josh Houghton*
Jovie- Megan McDevitt
Walter Hobbs - Bob Stineman*
Emily Hobbs - Krissy Fraelich*
Michael Hobbs - Aidan Crane/ Alex Hamel
Santa/ Greenway - Kelly Briggs*
Deb - Emily Derrick*
Store Manager - Ryane Nicole Studivant*
Fake Santa/ Ensemble - Roger Ricker*
The Ensemble, playing everything from Elves to Townspeople to Fake Santas, also consists of Alyssa Arcangeli, Dante Brattelli, Gabrielle Impriano, Hannah Mehl, Jacob Schrimpf, Angel Sigala, Andy Spinosi, and Grace Szczepkowski.
*Member of Actors Equity Association



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