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SPRINGFIELD'S TONI HUEGEL WINS 'VOCALIST 2017' AT THE MEDIA THEATRE

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After three weeks of singing Broadway classics, contemporary show tunes, and pop favorites, "The Vocalist 2017" contestants were narrowed down to the Top Five and a winner was announced: Toni Huegel, 15, of Springfield. She won $1500, and plenty of enthusiastic applause throughout the competition for her smooth vocals. Her final song was "Someone Else's Story" from the musical "Chess".

Toni Huegel will be a sophomore at Springfield High School, where she has performed as Lady Rowena in "Once Upon A Mattress". She's also been seen as Dorothy in Viviana Theatre Company's "The Wizard of Oz", and also played Sleeping Beauty in their production of "Into The Woods". The Sondheim show is a favorite of hers, and this summer she was seen as The Witch in "Into The Woods" at The Media Theatre, where she has also been in productions of "13: The Musical" and "The Real Story of Little Red Riding Hood&quo…

DAVID POTTS BECOMES CINDERELLA'S FATHER IN 'INTO THE WOODS' AT MEDIA THEATRE

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The Media Theatre has Stephen Sondheim’s Tony winning musical “Into The Woods” on stage this summer, now through July 30. The show is being produced as a teen musical experience, in which a youth cast performs along with two local (and slightly older) actors who have had professional or university experience.
David Potts, 16, plays the role of Cinderella’s Father in the production. “This is my first production ever, as I have never been in a show before. I love it!” David started acting training this past spring with The Media Theatre’s Teen Acting Classes, which are on Sundays from 6pm to 7:30. The classes start up again in September with the Fall semester. “Acting helps me to work with others and to open up,” he said.
“I wanted to do this show because I was drawn to the story,” he explained. “I approached my role by studying the traditional story of Cinderella.”
“The musical really allows you to see how hard work and cooperation can accomplish great feats,” he said. “Not feets, but feat…

MARPLE NEWTOWN HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT JOSH MYERS GOES 'INTO THE WOODS' AT MEDIA THEATRE

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The Media Theatre has Stephen Sondheim’s Tony winning musical “Into The Woods” on stage this summer, now through July 30. The show is being produced as a teen musical experience, in which a youth cast performs along with two local (and slightly older) actors who have had professional or university experience.
Josh Myers, of Marple Newtown High School, plays the role of Rapunzel’s Prince in the production. “It’s  a grand departure from the goofy roles I am accustomed to playing,” he said. “However, I learned to look past the Prince's hamminess, and discover the humanity that Lapine (Bookwriter)  and Sondheim (composer) had hidden in every character in the show. As such, when playing the Prince, I try to strike a precise balance between goofy caricature and genuine person.”
He continued, “This happens to be my very first show at the Media Theatre; however, I've been greatly involved with theatre at Marple Newtown High School, at which I am a Senior. My previous roles there include…

THE MEDIA THEATRE'S 'INTO THE WOODS' FEATURES JOSIE INTHAM OF SPRINGTON LAKE MIDDLE SCHOOL

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The Media Theatre has Stephen Sondheim’s Tony winning musical “Into The Woods” on stage this summer, now through July 30. The show is being produced as a teen musical experience, in which a youth cast performs along with two local (and slightly older) actors who have had professional or university experience.
Josie InTham plays the role of The Mysterious Person. “ Being a young girl playing an old man is a huge challenge, from the way I talk to the way I walk,” she said. “I'm thrilled to take it on, and I'm approaching it by trying to find what we have in common.” “This will be my very first show at The Media Theatre! I've also played Dorothy in "The Wizard of Oz," Amber von Tussle in "Hairspray," Oliver in "Oliver!" and Amaryllis in "The Music Man" at Hedgerow Theatre, as well as Aunt Em in "The Wizard of Oz" at Springton Lake Middle School, where I'll be starting 7th grade this fall,” she said.
Of the show, she said, “&…

CHLOE MILLETT IS 'INTO THE WOODS' THRU JULY 30 AT THE MEDIA THEATRE

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The Media Theatre has Stephen Sondheim’s Tony winning musical “Into The Woods” on stage this summer, now through July 30. The show is being produced as a teen musical experience, in which a youth cast performs along with two local (and slightly older) actors who have had professional or university experience.
Chloe Millett, who is going to be in the 10th grade at Shipley School this fall, plays the role of Jack’s Mother. “It’s an older, more maternal role,” she said. “Since I’m only 15, my maternal instincts come from babysitting, so I really had to imagine what it would be like to be in her situation. She’s raising a unique child, who doesn’t listen to his mother and is sort of in his own world. His mom tries to be his sense of reality.”
I've been doing theatre since the first grade, so needless to say, I've been in a lot of roles!” Chloe said, as she began to list her credits.  “From Rizzo in "Grease" (Haverford), to Daddy Warbucks in "Annie" (Notre Dame A…

STRATH HAVEN STUDENT ALEXIA ALVAREZ-BUROCK IS 'INTO THE WOODS' AT THE MEDIA THEATRE

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The Media Theatre has Stephen Sondheim’s Tony winning musical “Into The Woods” on stage this summer, now through July 30. The show is being produced as a teen musical experience, in which a youth cast performs along with two local (and slightly older) actors who have had professional or university experience.
Alexia Alvarez-Burock plays the role of Lucinda, Cinderella’s stepsister. “I approach the role with the Meisner technique, which I learned about at Media Theatre,” she explained. “It is described as "living truthfully under imaginary circumstances," and I use this idea to react to the actions of other characters realistically as my character would.” “Acting helps me in all aspects of my life,” she said. “It has helped me to grow my confidence and to express myself to others. It has taught me to stay calm under pressure and always be prepared.”
She’s no stranger to the stage. “At The Media Theatre, I’ve been in their summer singing competition which is “The Vocalist”, and I…

ROYA WOLCOTT, OF THE SHIPLEY SCHOOL, IS RED RIDING HOOD AT MEDIA THEATRE

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The Media Theatre has Stephen Sondheim’s Tony winning musical “Into The Woods” on stage this summer, now through July 30. The show is being produced as a teen musical experience, in which a youth cast performs along with two local (and slightly older) actors who have had professional or university experience.
Roya Wolcott plays the role of Little Red Riding Hood. “This is very exciting because it is my first lead role! I tried to be myself, as the character, in each situation. When I am backstage, I think about everything that is going to happen in the scene,” the soon-to-be Shipley School fifth grader said. “This is a great play for actors to work together in, as it has very good roles. It’s created a new way to tell familiar stories.” Roya has been on stage previously at The Media Theatre. “I was in “Fiddler On The Roof” here,” she stated. “My first ever speaking role here was a maid in “Beauty and The Beast”, and then I also played the role of Katie, the bass player, in “School Of Ro…