The Media Theatre's production of "The Wizard of OZ" is filled with talent that is sure to be seen doing wonderful things now and in the future. The youth edition of the legendary musical is on stage weekends October 5 to November 17. The one-act version of the show includes all of the wonderful songs audiences enjoy such as "Over The Rainbow" and "If I Only Had A Brain".

Thirteen year old Gianni Palmarini will be singing about heart, however, as he portrays the iconic role of The Tin Man in the Media Music Theatre Company production. He has performed on the theatre's stage since his first children's summer camp at age 6 and has been trained in the company's acting classes, currently entering his second year of its New School (a conservatory style music theatre education program).

"The Wizard of OZ" is Gianni's 10th Youth Series Production at The Media Theatre. He has been seen previously in "Adventures of the Three Little Pigs", "Alice In Wonderland", and Disney's "Aladdin Jr." and--if you are counting--7 others!

Gianni's vocals have been entertaining audiences for quite some time and he is the winner of the 2012 "Delco Idol Junior" competition. He captivated audiences this past summer in the teen production of Broadway's "Hair", playing the lead role of Claude.

He is a well rounded talent, and enjoys playing the saxophone and piano as well as acting and singing. He is an honor student and looks forward to being involved in Aston's Northley Middle School chorus, jazz band, and in the upcoming school production of "Guys and Dolls". 

A rabid baseball fan, Gianni has been to many of the Phillies' games and was present at their winning game of the World Series.

From "Delco Idol" to the World Series, this young man's present seems to be a lucky charm! "I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the theatre's talented staff in what is my 7th year with this company," he said with all of the maturity of many stage veterans who are at least double his age.

Ah, so it goes with Gianni Palmarini just as it goes in America's classic rock song "OZ never did give nothing to The Tin Man that he didn't already have".

To see "The Wizard of OZ" at The Media Theatre Saturdays at 11am and Sundays at Noon (October 5 - November 17) call 610-891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org.