Two Delaware County super groups join forces to celebrate Special Olympics. The Media Theatre’s State Street Miracles and The Villanova Supernovas will sing together at the grand opening ceremonies of the Pennsylvania Special Olympics Fall Festival on Villanova’s campus Friday November 1.
In preparation, the two groups rehearsed together at The Media Theatre Monday October 21. The two groups will harmonize with the song “We Are The World” during the Fall Festival, a number which encapsulates the spirit of the event and the cooperative performance.
The Supernovas are Villanova’s longest running co-ed a cappella group, founded in 2000. The State Street Miracles are a performance troupe of 14 adults with intellectual disabilities who are ambassadors for Media Music Theatre Company (MMTC). MMTC is the professional music theatre organization which is housed at The Media Theatre.
The Special Olympics Fall Festival is November 1-2 on Villanova’s campus, featuring 1,000 athletes competing in soccer, volleyball, bocce, long distance running and roller skating. Several of the Miracles are also competitors in the Special Olympics, so the combined musical force of the two singing groups is the perfect blend. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Villanova student body hosting this major event.
“This is truly an inclusive experience which brings together these talented singers from Villanova with our State Street Miracles performers,” said Roger Ricker, the Miracles’ director. “It is so energizing to see them get to know each other and sing together.”
Jesse Cline, MMTC’s Artistic Director, added “It represents what we are all about, providing opportunities for everyone who has an interest in—and a passion for—music theatre.”
Students in the Supernovas who rehearsed with the Miracles were Megan Garbarino, Emily Morgan, Tommy Monks, Connor Supple, Maura Ricci, Vincent Ventura, Rachel Rorke, Eric Stoll, Connor Henry, Sophia Prince, David O’Day, Andrew Stock and Amber Shelton.
Members of the State Street Miracles are: John Abrams of Swarthmore, Patrick Clark of Springfield, Peter Crumb of Upper Providence, Maryjo D’Allesandro of Divine Providence Village, Springfield, Ted Harris of Rose Valley, Erin McGivney of Wayne, Brian Short, Jake Spencer, Kimiko Iizuka and Kim Watson, all of Middletown; Brittany Roberts of Edgmont; Brad Wallgren of Marple, Nakisha Edwards of Media, and Steve Snyder of an Elwyn residence in West Chester.
The State Street Miracles are available to perform at community functions. They are also available to open events with the national anthem or “God Bless America.” For information about the State Street Miracles, contact Trish Cofiell through the theater at 610-891-0100.