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BEN KAPILOW IS THE MEDIA THEATRE'S NEW RESIDENT MUSIC DIRECTOR

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The Media Theatre heads into its 2017-18 season with Ben Kapilow as its new Resident Music Director. The theatre’s Artistic Director Jesse Cline made the announcement recently when discussing the upcoming Broadway Series which includes the titles “Carousel”, Disney’s “Beauty and The Beast”, “Next To Normal”, “IF/ THEN”, and “Newsies”. All are musicals, as the theatre is not preparing a classic play for the first time in three years.
Cline said, “I look forward to working with Ben. He’s been a member of our team for the past two years, working on special projects and within our education program. He has an M.M. in composition from the Peabody Conservatory, where he also completed the Music Teacher Certification Program. He has a bit of a local connection also, graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Swarthmore College with a B.A. in music and psychology. We have a great season lined up. He’ll be working with our professional actors for each show, as well as teaching private lessons and instruct…

OWEN MANNION IS AT THE MEDIA THEATRE IN 'INTO THE WOODS' BEFORE HEADING TO MANHATTANVILLE

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Local actor Owen Mannion, 18, of Broomall, is headed to Manhattanville College this fall. But first, he's performing in "Into The Woods" at The Media Theatre each weekend in July as The Wolf and Cinderella's Prince.

"My major at Manhattanville will be theatre," Owen said. "My goal is to gain an understanding of professional theatre, while networking in New York."

Owen believes that studying at The Media Theatre truly prepared him for the future. "The professional acting lessons and classes I was a part of with Jesse Cline truly have prepared me," he said. "Also having a strict schedule of extra curricular activities in high school helped a lot, too."
He's been seen at The Media Theatre in over two dozen productions. "Actually, "Into The Woods" is my 25th show here! Seven of the shows were a part of the Broadway Series professional productions," he explained. "Last summer I had the opportunity to be Dew…

PROFESSIONAL ACTORS JOIN CAST OF THE MEDIA THEATRE'S 'INTO THE WOODS' THIS SUMMER

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The Media Theatre, continuing its goal to fulfill its mission of music theatre education, has two professional actors joining its summer camp musical production of “Into The Woods” to assist as mentors to the cast.
Liam Snead, who holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Ithaca College, will work with the cast and play the role of The Baker for two weekends. A 2017 graduate, he was seen at Ithaca in several productions including “Company” as Bobby and “Titanic” as Jim Farrell. He has also worked locally at The Walnut Street Theatre and People’s Light. At Hope Summer Repertory Theatre, he was in “Les Miserables”, “To Kill A Mockingbird”, and “The Winter’s Tale”.
Austy Hicks, a former “Vocalist” winner at The Media Theatre, joins the cast as well. He’ll play the role of Jack for two weekends. He’s from Wayne, PA, and has been seen on stage at West Chester’s Limelight Performing Arts Center. He showcased his talent previously at The Media Theatre in professional productions of “Joseph And The …

MEDIA THEATRE HAS 'INTO THE WOODS' AND 'GODSPELL' SUMMER MUSIC THEATRE CAMPS

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Each summer, The Media Theatre provides a unique and inspiring summer camp musical experience for teens and older youth. The 2017 summer camp musicals are "Into The Woods" for ages 12 and up, as well as the classic "Godspell" for ages 10 and up. Each of the two musicals allow those registered the opportunity to take part in a show from 'the ground up', just as they would if in a professional production. The campers learn and perform the entire two act musicals, starting with music rehearsal and building up to staging, choreography, and professional direction on The Media Theatre stage. Both "Into The Woods" and "Godspell" are then performed for general public audiences, who purchase tickets just as they would for the theatre's award winning Broadway Series. Campers work with a live orchestra, costume designer, and backstage crew all the way through final tech and dress rehearsals. “Into the Woods” is an epic fairytale about wishes, fami…

WILLIAMSON TRADE SCHOOL GOES 'HOME' TO ASSIST THE MEDIA THEATRE

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Williamson Trade School, located just five minutes from The Media Theatre, had a busy crew at what has become known as Delaware County's only professional music theatre. This was during its second annual Community Service Week, May 15-19.
“For four days we provide a community service, giving back to the community by assisting local non-profits,” stated Renee Lallo, a volunteer with Williamson whose husband, Art, sits on their board. “The Media Theatre is a terrific place, providing educational opportunities for young students,” she continued, as her daughter Valerie helped with some painting in the theatre’s second floor Crystal Room. The Lallo’s daughters are previous students of The Media Theatre’s acting classes.
Michelle Martella, Williamson’s Director of The Annual Fund, was on hand as well, working with the Trade School’s young men who were busy throughout The Media Theatre from the front doors of the lobby to the backstage dressing rooms. “We are doing some needed touch-ups, …

The Media Theatre has "Always, Patsy Cline" June 15 to July 2

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"Always, Patsy Cline" is the hit show with songs made famous by the legendary country singer. It's on stage at The Media Theatre June 15 to July 2, starring Broadway's Jenny Lee Stern.  Performaces are Thursday nights at 7:30pm, Friday and Saturday nights at 8pm, and Sundays at 3pm.  Always…Patsy Cline has enjoyed great success all over the United States, including a successful run off-Broadway. It has been one of the most produced musicals in America according toAmerican Theatre Magazine. “Always…Patsy Cline” has also been enjoyed internationally by audiences in Canada, the UK and Australia. 
GO TO OUR CALENDAR, CHOOSE YOUR DATE, AND GET TICKETS NOWAlways…Patsy Cline” is more than a tribute to the legendary country singer who died tragically at age 30 in a plane crash in 1963.  The show is based on a true story about Cline’s friendship with a fan from Houston named Louise Seger, who befriended the star in a Texas honky-tonk in l961, and continued a correspondence wit…

The Media Theatre Announces "Alice In Wonderland" Cast.....Show Is On Stage June 3 Thru Aug. 27

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This summer, Alice will chase a rabbit, fall down a hole, and get smaller and larger while meeting all types of crazy characters. Will you follow her? It's time for a new musical version of "Alice In Wonderland" at The Media Theatre, based on Lewis Carroll's classic.
It's on Saturdays at 11am and Sundays at Noon June 3 through August 21. Ben Kapilow (Broadway World Award winner) wrote the brand new score to Tim Haney's revised script. Roger Ricker directs, Kapilow music directs, and Carol Sorensen's bright costumes liven the hour long show for ages 4 and up. 
There's audience participation at the Croquet game, and plenty of humor as three parents of Media Theatre students join in the fun, playing roles in the show alongside their children. Eileen Wiley makes her Media Theatre debut as the Queen of Hearts with her daughter, Violet, playing Alice. Doug Henry and his daughter play Tweedledum and Tweedledee, sharing the role with Henry O' Neill and his …