Tuesday, February 6, 2018

MEDIA THEATRE HAS BROADWAY PERFORMERS HIGHLIGHTING ANNUAL BENEFIT MARCH 3

The Media Theatre is hosting a special evening Saturday March 3 entitled “There’s No Place Like Home”, with a one-night-only concert performance from two Broadway performers: Jenny Lee Stern and Nicholas Saverine. The night includes a reception in the theatre's elegant Crystal Room, a silent auction, and the presentation of the Community Achievement Award to Dr. Raymond J. and Mrs. Teresa J. Vivacqua.
The evening is both a fundraiser and a celebration for Delaware County’s only professional music theatre. Jenny Lee Stern and Nicholas Saverine will performing on the stage that has, over the years, become ‘home’ to them as well as many other performers and patrons. Several Media Theatre students will also perform during the benefit, along with JP Dunphy and Jenna Pastuszek. Kelly Briggs emcees the one-night-only event.

Jenny Lee Stern
Jenny Lee Stern was seen on Broadway in “Rocky” and “A Christmas Story: The Musical” (Madison Square Garden). She toured the country as Mary Delgado in “Jersey Boys”, originating the role in the Chicago and Toronto companies. Off-Broadway, Ms. Stern garnered critical acclaim for her portrayals of Judy Garland, Patti Lupone, Bernadette Peters, Sutton Foster (and more!) in “Forbidden Broadway: Alive and Kicking”. Regionally, she has found her niche playing “Patsy Cline” in “Always, Patsy Cline”, which is returning to The Media Theatre this spring following a successful summer run. Philadelphia credits include: “West Side Story”, “Godspell”, “Lobby Hero”, “42nd Street”, “High Society” (Walnut Street Theatre); “Seussical”, “Cats” (Media Theatre), “The Great American Trailer Park Xmas Musical” (Montgomery Theatre). 

Nicholas Saverine

Nicholas F. Saverine is delighted to be back at the award-winning  Media Theatre where he was recently seen as Maurice in Disney’s “Beauty And The Beast”. He’s also been at Media in “1776” and as the Hospital Ghost in “Ghost”, Mr. Bumble in “Oliver!”, Max von Mayerling in “Sunset Boulevard”, Fester in “The Addams Family”, and Mr. Anagnos in “The Miracle Worker”. Locally he’s been on stage at The Walnut Street Theater, Prince, Arden and People╩╝s Light. His Broadway credits include “Les Miserables”, “The Phantom of the Opera”. International credits include “Dance of the Vampires”, “The Phantom of the Opera”, “Les Miserables”.
The 7 p.m. event highlights the professional award-winning music theater’s contributions to the cultural landscape of the region and beyond. The entire evening enhances and solidifies the Media Music Theatre Company’s (MMTC) status as the area’s only year-round professional music theater. Media Music Theatre Company is the nonprofit organization that produces the entire Broadway Series, Children’s Series, and educational opportunities, including Camp Media Theatre.
Not simply a beautiful structure steeped in history, the Media Theatre is now known worldwide as the home of the Media Music Theatre Company, created by the visionary artistic direction of Jesse Cline. Cline and his staff of creative designers, actors, and directors have been awarded more than 20 “Best Of” honors from prestigious media outlets such as the Philadelphia Inquirer, Delaware County Daily Times, Broadway World, the New York Daily News, Main Line Today Magazine and DelcoNewsNetwork, as well as 86 Broadway World Awards for “The Best of Philadelphia Theatre” in such categories as Best Director, Best Actor and Actress, Best Play, and Best Musical from 2012-2017.
Tickets are just $150 each, which include the entire memorable evening. Sponsorships are also available. Call 610-891-0100 for more information, or CLICK HERE TO VISIT OUR WEBSITE

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

CAMP MEDIA THEATRE PUTS THE SPOTLIGHT ON SUMMER PERFORMANCE FOR YOUNG ACTORS AND SINGERS

Children and teens have been singing and dancing at The Media Theatre each summer for almost two decades as participants in Camp Media Theatre. Now headed into its 17th summer, the camp first opened in June of 2001 with only 30 members. It’s grown into one of Delaware County’s most popular summer theatre camps with registration of over 250 youth each summer who enjoy learning more about theatre while having a good time with others who share a similar interest. It is part of the educational component of The Media Theatre’s mission.

With five two-week day camp sessions to choose from, plus a “Heathers: High School Edition” camp for teens, there are plenty of opportunities for budding thespians, singers, and dancers.

Artistic Director Jesse Cline looks forward to Camp Media Theatre. “With the growth of our New School conservatory-style music theatre education program September through April, plus the success of our youth musicals, the camp is in direct correlation to our mission defining us as a professional music theatre company,” he said.

Cline added, “The philosophy of education here is based on The Meisner Technique which states that ‘acting is living as truthfully as one can under an imaginary circumstance’. Camp Media Theatre is structured so that the young people involved gain self-confidence and a strong ability to work well with peers.”

“The camp is fun and upbeat, but the instructors and directors involved do enforce the idea that acting is not about pretending,” Cline explained. “It’s about living, it’s about doing, and it’s about being comfortable with who you are.”

Once everyone is registered for Camp Media Theatre, the youth are divided into two age groups. The age groups may fluctuate a bit, depending on how many children are in each camp session and what the median age range tends to be.

A typical camp day begins at 9:30am and ends at 3:30pm. Each age group works with the instructors on a rotating basis throughout the first part of the camp day, with all age groups working onstage together from 2pm until 3:30. As a courtesy to parents and guardians, early drop-off is accepted after 8:30am although the actual camp day does not begin until 9:30am. Counselors are on hand during the early hour to supervise the campers before classes start.  All ages bring their own lunch, enjoy lunchtime with their friends, and are able to purchase supplementary items from the theatre’s concession stand.

Each two-week session has its own theme, based on the songs in the camp. This information is found at www.mediatheatre.org. After two weeks of rehearsing, and adding scenes which are created during the daily acting classes, each session has a camp performance which is held the final Friday evening of each session. Each child, regardless of age or experience level, becomes actively involved in the production.

In addition to the day camps for ages 5 to 14, The Media Theatre brings "Heathers: High School Edition" to the Teen Camp Experience in 2018. This is specifically for ages 12 and up, and has a completely different schedule than the day camp. “Heathers: High School Edition” Camp meets during early evening hours Monday through Friday starting June 18, and the production---full scale, with directors, musicians,  lighting and costumes, etc.---performs for audiences each weekend in July on stage.

Camp Media Theatre 2018 promises to be an enlightening, entertaining, and enriching experience for young people who have an interest in music theatre. Participants will perform on an award-winning professional music theatre stage in an environment which promotes and cultivates each individual unique personality as the singing, acting, and dancing creates a memorable summer.

For camp registrations and information, call the Media Theatre at 610-891-0100 or CLICK HERE TO SAVE ON REGISTRATION NOW

Monday, January 29, 2018

PRINCESS AND THE PEA IS AT THE MEDIA THEATRE SUNDAYS AT NOON THRU FEB. 25

It's funny, it's for children, and it's a famous Hans Christian Anderson tale. It's "Princess And The Pea" of course! And it's on stage at The Media Theatre Sundays at Noon through February 25.

The hour long show is a perfect introduction to live theatre for ages 4 and up. A cast of young student actors brings the story to life, with new songs by The Media Theatre's Resident Music Director Ben Kapilow. Kapilow is the recipient of the Broadway World Award two years ago for his "Peter Pan And Wendy" score.

The show even features, at its halfway point, a dance party song during which young audience members are invited to join the fun on stage! It's a "Party In The Castle" they won't want to miss.

"Princess And The Pea" is all about a Queen who puts prospective Princesses to certain tests to find out if they have what it takes to become a member of her family. If the pea, under 20 mattresses, keeps her awake, she's sensitive enough to wed the Prince. 

Laughs abound in this new musical version of the story at The Media Theatre Sundays at Noon through Feb. 25. Tickets are available by calling 610-891-0100 or at mediatheatre.org

Sunday, January 21, 2018

THE MEDIA THEATRE WINS 14 BROADWAY WORLD AWARDS FOR 'BEST OF PHILLY THEATRE 2017'

The Media Theatre is the winner of 14 Broadway World Awards for “Best of Philadelphia Theatre 2017”. The Media Theatre, for the third consecutive year, received more honors than any other theatre in the Philadelphia region. It swept the acting categories for musical performances. This puts Delaware County's only professional music theatre at a total of 86 Broadway World Awards!

The theatre's production of the rarely-seen Broadway show "SIde Show" received six awards, including Best Musical.

Jesse Cline, the Artistic Director for Media Music Theatre Company which is the professional music theatre organization housed at The Media Theatre, received his fifth win for Best Director. “These honors 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. We will continue to produce both classic and newer works which entertain and inform.”

A scene from The Media Theatre's "Side Show",
which received six Broadway World Awards including Best Musical
The nominations were announced back in November for productions which were produced between October 1, 2016 and September 30, 2017. The Media Theatre landed 52 nominations from the esteemed online theatrical magazine, and is now the winner of 14 Awards for 2017. 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. It's annual awards are given for every major city in the USA, as well destination cities such as London and Berlin.

After nominations were announced, Broadway World opened the voting up in each region to public voting. Members of each theatre community cast their votes as well as theatre patrons and the general public. The awards are very similar to the nationally televised People's Choice Awards, as the public chooses the winner in each category.

With the accolades from the 2017 Broadway World Philadelphia Awards, The Media Theatre maintains its position as one of Philadelphia's most talked about and appreciated live theatre venues.

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, 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.

The Media Theatre's 2017 Broadway World Award winners for Best of Philadelphia Theatre are:

Best Musical....."Side Show"

Best Director of A Musical....."Side Show"

Best Actor in A Musical.........Patrick Ludt, "A Christmas Story"

Best Actress in A Musical....Jennie Eisenhower, "A Christmas Story"

Best Supporting Actor in A Musical.....Kelly Briggs, "Side Show"

Best Supporting Actress in A Musical.....Madalyn St. John, "Carousel"

Best Ensemble in A Musical......"Side Show"

Best Actor in A Play.......Brandon O' Rourke, "Romeo and Juliet"

Best Actress in A Play....Lexi Gwynn, "Romeo and Juliet"

Best Choreography......Dann Dunn, "West Side Story"

Best Music Direction....Christopher Ertelt, "Side Show"

Best Set Design...........Matthew Miller, "Side Show"

Best Sound Design......Carl Park, "Carousel"

Best Special Event......Roger Ricker And Friends: "The Together Show" 

The current season is in full swing, and tickets are now available for "Next To Normal", which is on stage through Feb. 25. Following that, "Always, Patsy Cline" returns March 15 to April 1, and the "Newsies" dance their way into your hearts April 18 through June 10. For tickets, call 610-891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org







Wednesday, January 17, 2018

FIVE REASONS TO SEE 'NEXT TO NORMAL' AT THE MEDIA THEATRE JANUARY 31 THRU FEBRUARY 25

"Next to Normal" is a contemporary family drama, about a woman’s struggle with mental illness, and the effects of her illness on her family. It is on at The Media Theatre January 31 through February 25.

The Pulitzer Prize winning pop/ rock musical is written by Tom Kitt (Music) and Brian Yorkey (Book and Lyrics), and was nominated for 11 Tony Awards in 2010, going on to win three of the prestigious honors (Best Score, Best Orchestrations, and Best Actress-Alice Ripley). 

Most of the story is told through song, with some scenes taking place simultaneously, and also there are both literal and psychological realities within the narrative. While the musical takes on serious issues, there is- at times- humor which comes at unexpected moments in the script.



There are 5 reasons why you should be sure to get tickets to "Next To Normal" at The Media Theatre:

1) THE CAST

Krissy Fraelich plays the lead role of Diana, the suburban mom with two teenage children whose life is not all that it seems. Diana deals with bipolar disorder, goes through a series of doctors, and strives to establish a 'normal' household. Krissy was seen on The Media Theatre stage in "Gypsy", "A Christmas Story: The Musical", and "The Addams Family". She has performed on practically every stage in the Philadelphia region, was in the original Broadway cast of "The Civil War", and the National Tour of "Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat".

Ben Dibble plays her husband, Dan, who is dealing with his own depression. Ben is a two-time Barrymore Award winner for Excellence in Theatre and was seen as John Adams in "1776" at The Media Theatre. He performs frequently at The Walnut Street Theatre and The Arden.

Their daughter Natalie, played by Molly Sorensen, is having a new romance with a music student (Henry, portrayed by Christopher Infantino). 

Ronnie Keller plays their son, Gabe, who is very central to the action of the musical.

Doctor Madden, Diana's primary physician whom she sees in 'fantasy' portrayals on occasion, is brought to life on stage by Patrick Ludt.

2) THE DIRECTOR

Geoffrey Goldberg, who directed and choreographed the critically acclaimed production of "Billy Elliot: The Musical" at The Media Theatre two seasons back, returns to bring "Next To Normal" to the stage. He is based in NYC as a director, choreographer, and writer. He has worked on Broadway (Associate Kids Director for "Mary Poppins") and off-Broadway ("Everyday" at the West Village Festival). 
He is currently developing three new musicals, has created new works for Gypsy of The Year and Easter Bonnet Competition on Broadway, The Kennedy Center, as well as award-winning film projects. Visit his website: www.Geoffrey-Goldberg.com

3) THE MEDIA THEATRE

No need to travel far for a touch of Broadway! The Media Theatre, Delco’s only professional music theatre, brings big-city excitement to the small-town feel of State Street in Media. With a calendar full of musical productions, concerts, and children’s performances, the seats here fill quickly–especially since there isn’t a bad seat in the house.
Don’t let the convenience fool you–this theater has a lot of the same things you’ll find in NYC, like a dazzling marquee, professional talent, exquisite seats, and a live orchestra…..plus a few things you won’t, such as convenient parking, affordable prices, and a less stressful commute, making it much easier to catch a great performance more often! After all, here on State Street in Delco, the Show Must Go On!
(Thanks to Destination Delco for the above description of The Media Theatre in their Fall/ Winter 2017 magazine!)
MISSION STATEMENT: The mission of the Media Music Theatre Company is to promote and nurture the imagination, diversity, and joy unique to music theatre by the production of new and classic works; to herald music theatre to young people as an art form that is relevant to their lives and to foster an understanding by them that it is indigenous to their cultural heritage.
The Media Theatre is the recipient of 72 Broadway World Awards for "Best of Philly Theatre" (2012-2016), 8 Barrymore Award nominations for Excellence in Theatre (one win), 20 Reader's Poll Awards as "Best Live Theatre" in Delaware County (from various media outlets), and has been honored by The Delaware County Council, Delaware County Chamber of Commerce, The Pennsylvania House of Representatives, and the US Congress.

4) OUR LIVES ARE AFFECTED BY THE SUBJECT MATTER OF 'NEXT TO NORMAL'
"Next To Normal" reaches beyond demographics of age and geography as its subject matter has, in some way, affected a large percentage of our population in varying degrees. We either deal with psychological disorders on our own, or we know someone who is dealing with them. The causes and effects are astronomical, and deserve discussion, which leads to understanding.

Take a look at the statistics:

Bipolar disorder affects approximately 5.7 million American adults or about 2.6 % of the U.S population age 18 and older in a given year. The median age of onset for bipolar disorders is 25 years. More than 2/3 of people with bipolar disorder have at least 1 close relative with the illness or with unipolar major depression, indicating that the disease has a heritable component.

Schizophrenia- Approximately 2.4 million American adults, or about 1.1% of the population age 18 and older in a given year, have schizophrenia. Schizophrenia affects men and women with equal frequency. Schizophrenia often first appears in men in their late teens or early twenties.

Anxiety Disorder- Approximately 40 million American adults ages 18 and older, or about 18.1% of people in this age group in a given year, have an anxiety disorder. Anxiety disorders frequently co-occur with depressive disorders or substance abuse. Most people with an anxiety disorder will have a first episode by age 21.5.

Panic Disorder- Approximately 6 million American Adults ages 18 and older, or about 2.7% of people in this age group in a given year, have panic disorder. Panic disorder typically develops in early adulthood (median age of onset 24), but the age of onset extends throughout adulthood. About one in three people with panic disorder develops agoraphobia, a condition in which the individual becomes afraid of being in any place or situation where escape might be difficult or help unavailable in the event of a panic attack.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)- ADHD is one of the most common mental disorders in children and in adolescents. ADHD affects 4.1% of adults, ages 18-44, in a given year. ADHD usually becomes evident in pre-school or early elementary years. The median age of onset of ADHD is 7 years, although the disorder can persist into adolescence and occasionally into adulthood. 

5) THE PULITZER PRIZE

"Next To Normal" is one of only nine---yes, just nine---musicals over the years to win The Pulitzer Prize for Drama, since the award has been given in 1918.

The Pulitzer Prize for Drama is one of the seven American Pulitzer Prizes awarded annually for Letters, Drama, and Music, recognizing a theatrical work staged in the U.S. during a calendar year.  

All of the musicals that have won the Pulitzer are "Of Thee I Sing" (1932), "South Pacific" (1950), "Fiorello!" (1960), "How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" (1962), "A Chorus Line" (1976), "Sunday In The Park With George" (1985), "Rent" (1996), "Next To Normal" (2010), and "Hamilton" (2016). 

Do not miss "Next To Normal" at The Media Theatre. It is on our stage January 31 through February 25. Get tickets at mediatheatre.org, or call 610-891-0100. 

(It plays Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings each week, along with Saturday and Sunday matinees. The final two weeks there is an additional Tuesday evening performance)








Tuesday, December 26, 2017

MEDIA THEATRE PRODUCTIONS HIGHLIGHT BROADWAY PERFORMERS THIS WINTER

The Media Theatre has several renowned Broadway performers on its stage from January through March. 

Philadelphia’s Krissy Fraelich, who appeared on Broadway in “The Civil War” and in the National Tour of “Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”, is featured in The Media Theatre’s production of the Pulitzer Prize winning musical “Next To Normal” January 31 through February 25. She’ll take on the role of Diane, a mother in suburbia who struggles with bipolar disorder along with its effects on her family. The Los Angeles Times says “Next To Normal” is ‘dazzlingly constructed’, referring to the ‘bracing honesty’ of the music and lyrics by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey.

Just a few days after “Next To Normal” has its final performance at The Media Theatre, Broadway’s Jenny Lee Stern joins with Nicholas Saverine to present a special one-night-only concert during the theatre’s annual fundraising benefit. Titled “No Place Like Home”, the evening event on March 3 features a reception as well as an awards ceremony. Both she and Saverine have performed several times at Delaware County’s only professional music theatre.

Sean Thompson, a member of Broadway's “Sunset Boulevard” cast, highlights some of his favorite musical numbers in an exclusive concert on March 9. Thompson is currently on tour with Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Broadway-bound “Love Never Dies”. He’s a Philly native, Temple grad, and 2016 Barrymore Award nominee. “I’m honored to return home to The Media Theatre,” Thompson said.

SEAN THOMPSON, OF BROADWAY'S 'SUNSET BOULEVARD'
AND THE NATIONAL TOUR OF ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER'S 'LOVE NEVER DIES.
HE'LL DO A SPECIAL ONE-NIGHT-ONLY CONCERT AT THE MEDIA THEATRE ON FRIDAY MARCH 9

On Broadway, Thompson starred opposite Glenn Close last year in the revival of Webber’s “Sunset Boulevard” (as the understudy to Joe Gillis, he performed the role several times). He was also in the ensemble of that production. Sean played Joe opposite Ann Crumb at the Media Theatre in 2015 under the keen eye of Mr. Jesse Cline. His other productions at The Media Theatre include “Oliver!” (Bill Sykes), “Ghost” (Carl Bruner), “Les Miserables” (Enjolras), and several Media Theatre galas and concerts.

March 15 through April 1 brings Jenny Lee Stern in “Always, Patsy Cline”, which replaces the previously announced “If/ Then”. 

Jenny Lee Stern was seen on Broadway in “A Christmas Story: The Musical” and in “Rocky: The Musical”.  She also toured the country as Mary in “Jersey Boys”. "Always…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 continued a correspondence with Cline until her death. The show features several of Cline’s greatest hits, which will be performed by Jenny Lee Stern and a live band on stage.

For tickets to see the Broadway performers at The Media Theatre, visit mediatheatre.org or call 610-891-0100.


Wednesday, December 20, 2017

MEDIA THEATRE WINTER SEMESTER OF ACTING CLASSES STARTS UP IN JANUARY

The Media Theatre's Winter Semester of Acting Classes begin the weekend of January 6, 2018. Along with the popular Children’s and Teen Acting Classes, a new “Tween” class will join the curriculum. The Adult Class will continue, and the Dance Machine will return.

Each semester brings a fun educational atmosphere as students develop by working together and creating within a group setting.
Students perform on The Media Theatre stage
Classes are under the supervision of Broadway World Award winning Artistic Director Jesse Cline, who studied with the renowned Sanford Meisner. All classes at The Media Theatre follow the Sanford Meisner Technique which basically states that 'acting is living as truthfully as one can under an imaginary circumstance'. This means that all actors should create without copying anyone else's performance or trying to be who they are not. It's a confidence booster while raising self-awareness.
The Acting Classes focus solely on acting skills and stage presence while also featuring improvisational theatre exercises for each age group.

Students from the acting classes are given performance opportunities throughout the year at The Media Theatre, playing roles in the Children's Series such as the upcoming "Princess And The Pea" and, when applicable, the Broadway Series.

Roger Ricker, who has been in over 100 productions at The Media Theatre and has worked with Artistic Director Jesse Cline since 1991, will continue instructing the Level One Children's Class on Saturday mornings at 9am for ages 4-8, and the Level Two Children's Class on Tuesday afternoons at 4:30 for ages up to 11. He'll also instruct the Teen Acting Class on Sunday evenings at 6pm, as well as the new Tween Class on Wednesday afternoons.

Here, by start date, are the classes for the Winter Semester:

The Level One Children's Class starts Saturday January 6 at 9am, continuing for a total of ten weeks. The weekly hour long class is perfect for ages 4 to 8, with a focus on basic stage skills, working with other children, theatre games, and developing good diction and interaction dynamics.

The Teen Class, Sundays from 6-7:30pm, begins the new semester on January 7. The eight week course features group improvisation, as the young actors create scenes together, learning to react without over-analyzing and discovering how they would react to certain situations relevant to their age group.

Tuesday, January 9, is the start date for the Second Level Children’s Class which takes place from 4:30-5:30pm. For ages 8-10 (or for those a bit younger with more stage experience) the class features skill building within fun group theatre exercises. It’s a ten-week semester, an hour each week.

The Adult Acting Class also starts up Tuesday January 9, meeting from 7:30-9pm each week for an eight-week semester. Scene study is a big part of the class.

The new Tween Class, for ages 11-12 (and specific 10 year olds with stage experience) starts Wednesday January 10 for one hour each week. The ten-week course is strictly for youth who are no longer little children but are not quite teenagers. The class will focus on improvisation and building self-awareness as well as stage presence.

The "Media Theatre Dance Machine" starts up again Sunday January 21 meeting from 10am to 11:30am each week through April 8 (no class on Easter Sunday). The instructors are popular Philadelphia performers Ronnie Keller and Kimberly Maxson, both who frequently appear on The Media Theatre stage. The class is suitable for ages 9 and up.
Ronnie Keller and Kim Maxson, Dance Machine instructors
Ronnie Keller says, "We are thrilled to be working together as a team to create a fun, safe, and informative environment where students will learn while having a great time."

"The dance class will focus on learning the importance of strength, rhythm, musicality, and acting through dance," Kimberly Maxson added. "We will focus on body strengthening through proper warm-ups, while introducing students to core ballet techniques, expanding their musical theatre dance repertoire, and learning to sing as an ensemble while retaining this new information."

To register for the Acting Classes or "Dance Machine" call 610-891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org. All Media Theatre classes are $400 for the Winter Semester.


Tuesday, December 19, 2017

MORE PHOTOS FROM DISNEY'S 'BEAUTY AND THE BEAST' AT THE MEDIA THEATRE

More photos from professional photographer Greg Carroccio, whose son Charlie happens to be playing the role of Chip in The Media Theatre's production of Disney's hit musical "Beauty And The Beast", when he had a rare night off from his regular gigs and popped by the theatre to take photos of the production as it was being performed in front of an appreciative live audience.

The musical is on stage now through January 14, 2018, and is just perfect for the holidays. The story is familiar to all by now: Belle meets up with a Prince who is under a witch's spell and may only be broken by true love. The Prince, now a Beast, resides in a castle with inanimate objects who were once his servants. It's fun, funny, and a great time for all ages. 

The show is directed and choreographed by Dann Dunn, with music direction by Ben Kapilow. For tickets, call 610-891-0100 or visit www.mediatheatre.org


Belle (Alanna J. Smith) with Maurice (Nicholas Saverine)
Belle (Alanna J. Smith)
Belle and The Beast (Jarrett Jay Yoder)
Lumiere (JP Dunphy) with Belle and Babette (Julianna Babb)
Gaston (Bob Stineman) and Lefou (Stephen Fala)
The Beast
Cogsworth (Kelly Briggs) 

Friday, December 15, 2017

PROSPECT PARK POLICEMAN IS SANTA CLAUS IN THE MEDIA THEATRE'S 'JACK FROST'

Henry O' Neill is a busy man. Not only does he regularly work his beat as a Prospect Park Policeman in Delaware County, but he also finds time on occasion to perform in productions at The Media Theatre.

This holiday season, he is Santa Claus in "Jack Frost Saves Christmas". The hour long children's show is on stage Saturdays at 11am and Sundays at Noon through December 31. 

Prospect Park policeman Henry O' Neill with The Media Theatre's Artistic Director Jesse Cline


"I love working with the kids," O' Neill said. "This is a role I played before and it's a lot of fun. The show is a great way to put a smile on your face."

"Jack Frost Saves Christmas" has a Book and Lyrics by Matt Wallace & Tina Jo Wallace, with Music by Scott Bradley (who was once the Media Theatre's resident Music Director). In the show, a boy is formed on a magic mountain at the North Pole. Everything he touches turns to ice, but he learns to accept his uniqueness just as everyone in Christmas Town does the same in order for the holiday to continue. It's a perfect introduction to theatre for ages 4 and up, even including audience participation to help with the story.

Henry O' Neill is no stranger to The Media Theatre stage, having appeared in the Broadway Series productions "To Kill A Mockingbird" and "West Side Story", as well as several other children's shows. His son, Sean, is a New School student at The Media Theatre and has been in several productions as well.

"This is a great way to enjoy the holidays," O' Neill said. "I get to be Santa, sing a few songs, and make people happy."

For tickets to "Jack Frost Saves Christmas" at The Media Theatre, call 610-891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org




Sunday, November 19, 2017

FIRST LOOK PHOTOS: DISNEY'S 'BEAUTY AND THE BEAST' AT THE MEDIA THEATRE

Professional photographer Greg Carroccio, whose son Charlie happens to be playing the role of Chip in The Media Theatre's production of Disney's hit musical "Beauty And The Beast", had a rare night off from his regular gigs and popped by the theatre to take photos of the production as it was being performed in front of an appreciative live audience.

The musical is on stage now through January 14, 2018, and is just perfect for the holidays. The story is familiar to all by now: Belle meets up with a Prince who is under a witch's spell and may only be broken by true love. The Prince, now a Beast, resides in a castle with inanimate objects who were once his servants. It's fun, funny, and a great time for all ages. 

The show is directed and choreographed by Dann Dunn, with music direction by Ben Kapilow. For tickets, call 610-891-0100 or visit www.mediatheatre.org
Bob Stineman as Gaston
JP Dunphy as Lumiere, Kelly Briggs as Cogsworth, and Nicholas Saverine as Maurice


Alanna J. Smith as Belle

Alanna J. Smith as Belle with Nicholas Saverine as Maurice
Jarrett Jay Yoder as The Beast with Alanna J. Smith as Belle


Hillary Parker as Mrs. Potts with Charlie Carroccio as Chip and Nicholas Saverine as Maurice
Jarrett Jay Yoder as The Beast

Belle (Alanna J. Smith)

Thursday, November 9, 2017

THE MEDIA THEATRE'S EMPOWERMENT PROGRAM ENLIGHTENS WITH EDUCATION THROUGH THE ARTS

The Media Theatre Empowerment Program has been operational since 1994. Since its inception, and with the support of multiple grants and corporate funding, the Empowerment Program has served over 20,000 students by encouraging arts-rich education and serving the needs of children in surrounding areas who are at an economic disadvantage.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW....
The objective of the Media Theatre Empowerment Program is to encourage an arts-rich education, serving the needs of the children in surrounding areas such as Chester and Delaware Counties, especially those who are economically disadvantaged. Students of all backgrounds and demographics are provided a unique educational opportunity through the Empowerment Program without any financial burden. Due to its success thus far, The Media Theatre is expanding the Empowerment Program, offering scholarship opportunities to students attending Media Theatre’s Acting Classes and summer music theatre Camps.
The Media Theatre Empowerment Program is an outreach program that provides funded tickets for students in grades K-12 to see a live theatrical Broadway-style production. This provides theatre tickets to students attending area public schools. In addition, participating schools are offered the opportunity to attend a post-show theatre workshop. Workshops are held in the Media Theatre’s Crystal Room, integrating the audience and actors. Students may bring their lunches to the theatre and enjoy meeting the professional actors and crew, learning about what goes on behind the scenes when producing a show. Media Theatre would also offer schools participating in the Empowerment Program the option to have an onsite visit from a theatre professional prior to the show date.
The Media Theatre Empowerment Program allows us to develop strong relationships with more schools of need in our surrounding communities. Through free programming, we can continue this initiative to promote unique educational opportunities among the youth in our communities. The Media Theatre believes that musical theatre education can be used as a tool, teaching young people the importance of responsibility, teamwork and imagination.
If you would like to donate to support this important Program which will enlighten the lives of many children and teens in the region, please use this donation page
If you are an educator or a parent who knows of a young actor who would enjoy learning and exploring within our acting classes, please contact Roger Ricker at rer764@gmail.com or Jesse Cline at jlcline100@comcast.net. For information, call 610-891-0100. 


MEDIA THEATRE HAS BROADWAY PERFORMERS HIGHLIGHTING ANNUAL BENEFIT MARCH 3

The Media Theatre is hosting a special evening  Saturday March 3  entitled “There’s No Place Like Home”, with a one-night-only concert per...