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

Monday, January 28, 2019

DELCO'S JACK HOLEFELDER TO BE HONORED AT THE MEDIA THEATRE'S 25TH ANNIVERSARY BENEFIT


One of Delaware County's most prominent and influential citizens will receive the "Walter Strine, Sr. Advocate of The Arts Award" at The Media Theatre's Silver Anniversary Benefit on Saturday night, March 30. The honor was named after Walter Strine, Sr. who had the vision a quarter of a century ago to renovate State Street's historic movie theatre into a live performing arts venue. Holefelder will receive the award due to his consistent advocacy and support for The Media Theatre over the past 25 years in various capacities. He was the first Board Chair for the professional music theatre and has remained closely involved ever since.

Jack Holefelder is a graduate of St. James High School in Chester, PA, where he is on the School’s “Wall of Honor”. He went on to St. Joseph’s University where he earned a Business Administration Degree. He is a Certified Arbitrator for the Better Business Bureau. His Community Service includes having been or serving as The Chairman for the following: Neumann University’s Center for Leadership, Delaware County Fair, Chester Housing Authority Advisory Board, Red Cross, March of Dimes Fundraising, Aston Memorial Garden Foundation, Rotary District 7450 Rotaplast Committee, Goodwill Business Advisory Board, Southwest Delaware County Municipal Authority, and The Media Theatre’s Board of Directors.

Mr. Jack Holefelder
He has served on the Boards of the Pennsylvania Veterans Museum, the Ethel Sergeant Clark Smith Memorial Foundation, the Delaware County Hero Scholarship Fund, Blue Cross Citizen Advisory Council, Southeastern Delco United Way, Rocky Run YMCA, and Delco Community College Education Foundation.

He has been the President of The Media Theatre for The Performing Arts, Aston Business Association, Glen Riddle Rotary, and the Penn-Delco School Board, as well as the Vice-Chair for the Aston Township Civil Service Commission and the Delaware County Flag Foundation.

Jack has also been the Assistant District Governor for Rotary District 7450, and has raised over $5,000,000 for local charities and projects.

Currently the Chairman of the Board for Iron Workers Bank, his professional service includes having been the President of the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce and the PA Chamber of Commerce Executives. His Board member experience extended to the Philadelphia Airport Advisory Council, Villanova University Small Business Advisory Council and more, as well as having been a PA State Delegate for the White House Conference on Small Business.

Jack Holefelder with Iron Workers Bank's John Whitig. Holefelder is the Board Chair for the bank.
Jack Holefelder’s influence has also been noted on the ‘airwaves’ as the Producer and Host of Suburban Cable’s “Delaware County Business Update” and as the co-host of “Dateline Delaware County” on KISS 100 Radio. He also co-emceed WQIQ Radio’s “Sports Talk” and Channel 17’s “Easter Seals Telethon”.

His awards include Neumann University's President's Award for Humanitarian Service, The Red Cross David Henderson Humanitarian Award, U.S. Air Force Commendation Medal for his service in the Air Force in Vietnam, Delaware County's Distinguished Community Service Award, March of Dimes Lifetime Achievement Awards, Rotaplast International Personal Service Award for Service to the Children of Peru, and more.

He is the CEO of Holefelder Brothers, Inc., now in its fifth generation, and is the Publisher of "Life in Delaware County" magazine and "Delaware County Today". As an author, his books include "Passing The Torch" and "What's In Your Toolbox".

As one of Delco's most 'involved' citizens, Jack Holefelder has been a great ambassador for The Media Theatre since its inception as a live performing arts venue 25 years ago. 

To join Jack Holefelder and other prominent citizens of Delaware County and beyond at The Media Theatre's Silver Anniversary Benefit on Saturday March 30, call 610-891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org for tickets and information. The 25th Anniversary celebration will include a memorable one-night-only concert, a reception, silent and live auctions, and award ceremony for Mr. Holefelder. Sponsorship opportunities are available. 

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THE MEDIA THEATRE CELEBRATES 25 YEARS OF PROFESSIONAL THEATRE ON MARCH 30


On Saturday night March 30 The Media Theatre marquee will be a bright beacon on State Street in Media as the award winning professional music theatre celebrates its 25th anniversary. The Silver Anniversary is the theme for the music theatre company’s annual gala, its biggest fundraiser of the year. TICKETS AND SPONSORSHIP FORM HERE

The interior of The Media Theatre, as it appeared 25 years ago prior to the opening night of "My Fair Lady"
It was 25 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 25 years! At the annual Gala benefit on March 30, 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 as they receive acknowledgement for helping to make the first 25 years successful. The main honoree of the night will be Delaware County’s Jack Holefelder, who has been an ambassador for The Media Theatre for over two decades in various capacities.

So, when you purchase your ticket to the March 30th 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 on March 30, you are assisting to provide many more days and evenings of entertainment and insight for audiences of all ages. Think about that four year old child who sees a children’s show on stage for the first time, as his or her eyes light up with the wonder of seeing a story they know come to life in front of them. That’s the Media Theatre’s audience of the future, where much more awaits for its famed marquee.

To join The Media Theatre at its 25th Anniversary Benefit Gala Event on March 30, 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. With a song in your heart, and a bright marquee lit on State Street, the evening will build a bridge toward the next 25 years.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

THE MEDIA THEATRE HAS 'SNOW QUEEN' SUNDAYS AT NOON THRU MARCH 3

"The Snow Queen" is the perfect winter tale for children ages 4 and up, and it's on The Media Theatre stage Sundays at Noon through March 3. GET TICKETS

In this new adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson's story, a young boy is tricked by the evil queen into joining her at her Ice Palace so she can claim him as her own. With the help of his friend plus a humorous Raven and Reindeer, will he be able to escape the frozen nightmare of "The Snow Queen"?




Media's Patrick D'Amato is the composer of new songs such as "Bringin' Beauty Back", "Seeing For the First Time", and "We Love Snow". The Media Theatre's Roger Ricker wrote the lyrics and script.

Students from The Media Theatre's New School and Acting Classes portray the roles in the show, from Villagers to Evil Sprites who work for the Snow Queen. 

The show is one hour in length. Following the performance, children from the audience will be invited on to the stage to dance with The Reindeer and the cast as they sing "Bringin' Beauty Back". 

For tickets to "The Snow Queen" visit mediatheatre.org or call 610-891-0100. It's on Sundays at Noon now through March 3. 

Friday, November 30, 2018

THE MEDIA THEATRE ANNOUNCES 'JULIUS CAESAR' CAST FOR ITS WINTER PRODUCTION


Make Rome Great Again! 

The Media Theatre has a stellar cast for its upcoming production of "Julius Caesar", on stage January 30 through February 24, 2019.

Shakespeare’s political thriller tells the story of the conspiracy against Caesar, his assassination and the defeat of his conspirators. GET TICKETS


In the play, Caesar has returned to Rome, triumphant from the war against Pompey. The republic is prepared to give him new power, causing concern and dismay among senators who believe that too much power is held by one man. So Caius Cassius plots a conspiracy against Caesar, believing his death is necessary for the good of the republic.

The Media Theatre has gathered a gender-bending cast from the Philadelphia region to bring Shakespeare's legendary prose to life.

Zoran Kovcic plays the title role. Kovcic makes his Media Theatre debut after appearing at Delaware County's Hedgerow Theatre in dozens of productions.

Barrymore Award winner Jennie Eisenhower portrays Marc Antony with Charlotte Northeast taking on the role of Cassius.

Damon Bonetti is Brutus in director Bill Van Horn's production, and Catherine Purcell takes on Portia, Voluminus, and Strato.

Serena Vesper is Calpurnia, Messala, and Voluminious in her Media debut. Jack Blouch also appears at Media for the first time as Casca and Strato. 

Michael Fuchs, seen at Media in "1776" and "Romeo and Juliet" will be busy as Flavius, Cinna, Artemidorus, Publius, Titinius, and Lepidus.

A Media Theatre audience favorite, Broadway's Nicholas Saverine, appears as Marullus, Cicero, Ligarius, Popilus, Trebonious, Cinna, and Clitus.

Hannah Brannau returns after appearing in "Romeo and Juliet" to take on the Soothsayer, Artemidorus 1, and the Poet. 

Malik Abdul Khaaliq of Delaware County, makes his Media debut as Metellus, Pindaru, and Dardanius. And another Hedgerow veteran, Lisa Villamill, will appear as Casca and Varro.

Several of the actors will also fill in the roles of Citizens, Cobblers in director Van Horn's vision for Shakespeare's classic.

Be sure to visit mediatheatre.org or call 610-891-0100 for tickets. There are several 10am performances for school groups.



Monday, November 26, 2018

WHO'S WHO IN MEDIA'S 'THE WIZARD OF OZ'....BOB STINEMAN IS THE TIN MAN


The Media Theatre has everyone's favorite classic "The Wizard of OZ" this holiday season, as the award winning music theater company celebrates its 25th anniversary season. 


"OZ" is celebrating its 80th anniversary as one of the most beloved films of all time. The live musical presentation at The Media Theatre has an all-star Philly cast in the iconic roles. It's on now through January 13. 

Bob Stineman plays the role of Tin Man. "Though I don't cry nearly as much as Tin Man, I do share his sensitive nature and gentle soul," Stineman said. "Those moments in which he wears his heart on his sleeve are the things I find easiest to access. We have the same 'wants'."

"Back in my freshman year of high school I had a crush on a girl I knew from the band," he reminisced. "I found out she was trying out for the drama club, so I tried out too in the hopes of getting closer to her. While that part of things did not work out, I did end up landing the leading role in "Cheaper By The Dozen" and have had the acting bug ever since."

"Even though I have performed in quite a bit of musical theater, I have never considered myself a music theater actor. I have seen myself as 'just an actor'. But I think the original cast recording of "Phantom Of The Opera", which I listened to a lot when I was younger, taught me how to sing. I'm drawn to darker, more tortured characters," Stineman explained.

"Story telling is important," he said. "It is how we pass down tradition, history, knowledge, and other things. Being an actor, writer, or performer of any kind is part of that tradition and I'm honored to be a part of it."

"Theater helped me find my voice at a time when I was struggling to figure out who I was," he continued. "I never feel as free as when I'm on stage."

As far as his connection to The Media Theatre, he says "I've had the privilege and good fortune to work here for the better part of three years. Jesse Cline, the theatre's Artistic Director, took a chance on me when he cast me as Atticus Finch in "To Kill A Mockingbird". I cannot thank him enough for that opportunity and the others he has given me such as "Bridges of Madison County", "1776", and "Side Show"."

"I've gotten a chance to work with some really wonderful people here at Media. Some of the finest folk in the twenty plus years I've been doing this."

When asked about a memorable experience on stage, Stineman said "In my final year of college I worked on a piece by James McClure called "Lonestar" that was an incredible experience. It was one of the few projects where every piece of it was fulfilling. It was challenging and rewarding. Plus I was sharing the stage with one of my closest friends who played my brother in the show. The director was a good friend. We all pushed each other to find those truthful moments that brought the playwright's words to life."

And, even though he searches for a heart on stage in "The Wizard of OZ" through January 13, Stineman definitely is heartfelt when it comes to his father. "My late father came to see me in "1776" here at Media four times a couple years ago. Listening to him talk about it with tears in his eyes is a memory I will cherish for the rest of my life, as it moved him so deeply. Everything I do now is in his memory---the way live performance can really move someone, especially the ones we love."


For tickets to "The Wizard of OZ" now through January 13, call 610-891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org.

Bob Stineman would love to see you at the theatre!







Monday, November 19, 2018

THE MEDIA THEATRE RECEIVES 43 BROADWAY WORLD AWARD NOMINATIONS FOR 'BEST OF PHILLY THEATRE 2018'


The Media Theatre has received 43 nominations for “Best of Philadelphia Theatre 2018”. 

Jesse Cline, the Artistic Director for the professional music theatre organization housed at The Media Theatre, said,  “These nominations are a testament to the great work being done here on State Street in Media,” he said. “We are happy to be a large part of the Philadelphia theatre community.”

The nominations are for productions which were produced between October 1, 2017 and September 30, 2018. The Media Theatre landed 43 nominations from the esteemed online theatrical magazine.  Broadway World has headquarters in NYC and regional offices throughout the USA, giving up to the minute reports on all that is Broadway, Off-Broadway, and for each major city's theatre district and community.

A scene from The Media Theatre's "Newsies", nominated for 12 Broadway World Awards for "Best of Philadelphia Theatre 2018" including BEST MUSICAL, BEST DIRECTOR, BEST CHOREOGRAPHY, BEST ACTOR, BEST ACTRESS, BEST MUSIC DIRECTION, AND BEST ENSEMBLE
Now that nominations have been announced, Broadway World opens the voting up in each region to public voting. Members of each theatre community cast their votes as well as theatre patrons. The awards are very similar to the nationally televised People's Choice Awards, as the public chooses the winner in each category.

The Media Theatre was nominated alongside other professional theatres in the Philadelphia/ Wilmington region including Walnut Street Theatre, Bristol Riverside Theatre, People's Light and Theatre Company, Bucks County Playhouse and The Arden Theatre.

Since 2012, The Media Theatre has won a total of 86 Broadway World Awards, cementing its status as one of Philadelphia’s premier theatres.

Its 2018 nominations include some of Philadelphia theatre's biggest names, such as Jenny Lee Stern (Always, Patsy Cline), Krissy Fraelich (Next To Normal), Ben Dibble (Next To Normal), Tom Teti (Tommy and Me), and Kelly Briggs (Beauty And The Beast, Newsies). 

The Media Theatre shows receiving the most nominations are: "Newsies" with 12, Disney's "Beauty And The Beast" with 10, and "Next To Normal" with 9.

The play "Tommy And Me" (a co-production with Philly's Theatre Exile) received 5 nominations, while two of its Children's Series productions received a total of 3 nominations.

The Media Theatre's current production, "The Wizard of OZ", will be eligible for next year's nominations. It's on now through Jan. 13. For tickets: mediatheatre.org/ 610-891-0100


The Media Theatre's 2018 Broadway World Award Nominations are:

BEST MUSICAL: "Disney's Beauty And The Beast"; "Newsies"; "Next To Normal"

BEST PLAY: "Tommy And Me" (a co-production with Theatre Exile)

BEST NEW WORK: "The Princess And The Pea"; "Snow White" (both Children's Series productions)

BEST SPECIAL EVENT: "The Princess And The Pea"; "Roger Ricker Concert: Rocket Man"

BEST DIRECTOR OF A MUSICAL: Jesse Cline, "Always, Patsy Cline"; Dann Dunn, "Disney's Beauty And The Beast"; Geoffrey Goldberg, "Newsies"; Geoffrey Goldberg, "Next To Normal"

BEST DIRECTOR OF A PLAY: Joe Canuso, "Tommy And Me"

BEST MUSIC DIRECTION: Ben Kapilow, "Disney's Beauty And The Beast"; Ben Kapilow, "Newsies"

BEST ACTOR IN A MUSICAL: Ben Dibble, "Next To Normal"; Christopher Infantino, "Newsies"; Jeff Sundheim, "Newsies"; Jarret Jay Yoder, "Disney's Beauty And The Beast"

BEST ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL: Krissy Fraelich, "Next To Normal"; Maya Maloskey, "Snow White"; Megan McDevitt, "Newsies"; Alanna J. Smith, "Disney's Beauty And The Beast"; Jenny Lee Stern, "Always Patsy Cline"

BEST ACTOR IN A PLAY: Tom Teti, "Tommy And Me"

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL: Kelly Briggs, "Disney's Beauty And The Beast"; Kelly Briggs, "Newsies"; Ronnie Keller, "Next To Normal"; Patrick Ludt, "Next To Normal"; Nicholas Saverine, "Disney's Beauty And The Beast"

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A PLAY: Frank Nardi Jr, "Tommy And Me"

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL: Hillary Parker, "Disney's Beauty And The Beast"; Molly Sorensen, "Next To Normal"

BEST ENSEMBLE IN A MUSICAL: "Disney's Beauty And The Beast"; "Newsies"; "Next To Normal"

BEST ENSEMBLE IN A PLAY: "Tommy And Me"

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY: Dann Dunn, "Disney's Beauty And The Beast"; Geoffrey Goldberg, "Newsies"

BEST COSTUMES: Carol Sorensen, "Newsies"

BEST LIGHTING DESIGN: Steven Spera, "Newsies"

BEST SOUND: Carl Park, "Newsies"

BEST SET DESIGN: Kyle Brylczyk, "Next To Normal"







Friday, November 16, 2018

THE MEDIA THEATRE HAS 'JACK FROST' SUNDAYS AT NOON THRU DEC. 30

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 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".


PHILADELPHIA'S JARRET MARTIN IS SANTA IN 'JACK FROST'
The production features a cast of the theatre's New School and acting class students along with Philadelphia's Jarret Martin as Santa Claus. Jarret is currently seen in The Media Theatre's "The Wizard of OZ" and was featured as the Ensemble Swing in "Newsies" last spring. He's been seen in productions of "Children of Eden", "Little Shop of Horrors", and "A Chorus Line".

The role of Jack Frost will be played by Aston's Zachary Amos, previously seen at Media as Les in "Newsies" ,"The Princess And The Pea" , "The Little Mermaid", and "Five Little Pumpkins".

Music Direction is by Patrick D'Amato of Media. The colorful costumes are by Carol Sorensen. The show, directed by Roger Ricker, includes audience participation and an opportunity for children to be on stage during the "Rompin' Reindeer" dance.

The show plays Sundays at Noon November 25 through December 30. 


To purchase tickets call 610-891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org. It's just $12 for children and $15 for adults to enjoy this one hour holiday themed treat. 
GET TICKETS HERE




Wednesday, November 14, 2018

THE MEDIA THEATRE'S 'THE WIZARD OF OZ'.....FIRST LOOK PHOTOS

The Media Theatre has everyone's favorite classic "The Wizard of OZ" this holiday season, as the award winning music theater company celebrates its 25th anniversary season. 

"OZ" is celebrating its 80th anniversary as one of the most beloved films of all time. The live musical presentation at The Media Theatre has an all-star Philly cast in the iconic roles. It's on November 14 through January 13. 

Here are First Look Photos from the production, directed and choreographed by Marc Andrew Nunez, with music direction by Ben Kapilow.


For tickets to "The Wizard of OZ" November 14 through January 13, call 610-891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org.

Photos by Greg Carroccio.



SCARECROW (CARL SMITH), DOROTHY (ANNA ROSENTHAL), AND TIN MAN (BOB STINEMAN)


JENNIE EISENHOWER IS THE WICKED WITCH


THE SCARECROW (CARL SMITH) AND THE TIN MAN (BOB STINEMAN)
WITH DOROTHY (ANNA ROSENTHAL)


ANNA ROSENTHAL IS DOROTHY, WITH ELISA MATTHEWS AS GLINDA



Friday, November 9, 2018

WHO'S WHO IN THE MEDIA THEATRE'S 'THE WIZARD OF OZ'.....CARL SMITH IS THE SCARECROW

The Media Theatre has everyone's favorite classic "The Wizard of OZ" this holiday season, as the award winning music theater company celebrates its 25th anniversary season. 

"OZ" is celebrating its 80th anniversary as one of the most beloved films of all time. The live musical presentation at The Media Theatre has an all-star Philly cast in the iconic roles. It's on November 14 through January 13. 


Philadelphia's Carl Smith portrays the legendary role of Scarecrow, who travels the Yellow Brick Road with Dorothy to discover Oz. His personal journey to becoming a professional actor started, he said, "When I was cast in a production of "Oliver!". It's gone on from there. I've always been a communicator and a performer, and that was my first foray in the world of acting."

From Texas, Carl made his way to the East Coast, ending up in the Philly region where he performed many times at Hedgerow Theater in Rose Valley, which is just a bit of a mile from Media. "I wanted to perform here at Media ever since I saw "My Fair Lady" on their stage. I was working with Hedgerow at the time, and my fellowship there was coming to a close. Media's beautiful space, production quality, and emphasis on musicals drew me here. I've been seen here in "Billy Elliot" and "Carousel", and am now enjoying the trip to Oz."

"There are so many gorgeous scores, which initially attracted me to musicals. Sharing a story set to beautiful music is a privilege. I love Rodgers and Hammerstein, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Stephen Sondheim, Stephen Schwartz--they were my bread and butter growing up."

He continued with, "Theatre provides the satisfaction of a story well told. With a story told with conviction enough to cause audiences to consider its lessons, its moral....We can change the world for the better."

"I form new memories with each show and each one is different. I've been very blessed to share the stage with wonderful people."

For tickets to "The Wizard of OZ" November 14 through January 13, call 610-891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org.
Carl Smith would love to see you at the theatre!

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 ...