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MEDIA THEATRE ANNOUNCES CAST FOR 'DIARY OF ANNE FRANK'
The Media Theatre is producing the 1997 adaptation of the legendary play “The Diary of Anne Frank” January 29 to February 16, 2014. Wendy Kesselman adapted the play when it was revived on Broadway, based on the original text by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett. The revival was nominated for several Tony awards.
The fact-based show is based on the writings of Anne Frank composed in her journal during the two years her family was hidden from the Nazis in war-torn Amsterdam.
In the Kesselman adaptation newly discovered writings from Anne’s diary are interwoven, as well as survivor accounts.
Anastasia Korbal, who portrays the title role in The Media Theatre's "Diary of Anne Frank"
Jesse Cline directs The Media Theatre’s production which features a cast of Actors Equity Association members. Anastasia Korbal, of New Jersey, will portray Anne Frank. The 14 year old actress has appeared in three National Tours, including “Les Miserables”, “Little House On The Prairie”, and “Annie”. Her credits also include “Oklahoma!”, “The Miracle Worker”, “The Secret Garden”, and “Gypsy”.
Dana Gitlin will take on the role of Margot, Anne’s sister. Gitlin has been seen in National Tours of “Hair” and “Virtually Me!”. She is and NYU graduate who also attended Carnegie Mellon.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank will be played by Paul Dake and Margaret DeAngelis. The roles of Mr. and Mrs. Van Daan will be brought to life by Scott Langdon and Anne Connors, who appeared together in Cline’s production of “Mame” recently.
Sarah Lynn Dewey will be Miep, the secretary who helps to hide the Frank family. Terrence Gleeson will be Mr. Kraler, with P. Brendan Mulvey as Dussell.
The vital role of teen Peter Van Daan, who shares a first kiss with Anne Frank, will be double cast. Owen Mannion, who has been studying at The Media Theatre for five years, has his first professional performance in the role. He shares the role with Austy Hicks, who is currently wowing audiences as youngest brother Benjamin in Cline’s “Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”.
Cline says, “Both of the young men playing Peter define the best of what we do here. We cultivate young talent with proper training and allow them the opportunity to work with professionals who treat them as equals. Both have bright futures ahead of them.”
He looks forward to the production. "The cast, all of them, are top notch and perfect for the roles," he said. "It's an important show with relevant themes."
For more information, or to purchase tickets for “The Diary of Anne Frank”, call 610-891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org. Group rates are available.
The hit show "A Christmas Story: The Musical" is at The Media Theatre November 9 to January 8. It's suitable for all ages and makes a great outing for families during the holiday season. Based on the classic film which has gained popularity with each showing on television each holiday season, the musical has a book by Joseph Robinette with music and lyrics written by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. Songs include "Ralphie To The Rescue", "Sticky Situation", "It All Comes Down To Christmas", and "You'll Shoot Your Eye Out, Kid!" The story takes place in Indiana in the 1940's focusing on Ralphie, the boy who wants a Red Ryder BB Gun. He eventually learns that the holidays are not about what you have but who you have around you to share them with. There is a humorous sub-plot featuring Ralphie's father, referred to as The Old Man, who wins a leg lamp. It was nominated for three Tony Awards for its 2012 production at the Lunt-Fon…
The Media Theatre has the legendary musical
“West Side Story” April 19 through June 11. With a book by Arthur Laurents and
a sweeping score from Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim, the musical is
often referred to as one of the all-time greats in the Broadway canon.
“West Side Story” transports Shakespeare’s
Romeo and Juliet to New York City in the 1950’s. The story takes place on the west side of Manhattan at a time when many Puerto Ricans moved to
NYC. Two young lovers, Tony and Maria, find themselves in the middle of street
gangs at war—the Jets and the Sharks. The musical captures the essence of
struggling to survive amidst violence and prejudice which is one the main
reasons it has remained relevant to this day after premiering on Broadway in
1957. “West Side Story” highlights youthful
performers with energetic choreography and songs such as “Tonight”, “Maria”, “Somewhere”,
and “America”. At The Media Theatre, “West Side Story” is
directed and choreographed by Dann Dunn, with …
The Media Theatre has the Philadelphia region's professional premiere of Jason Robert Brown's Tony winning musical "The Bridges of Madison County" this fall. The show, which received Tony Awards in 2014 for Best Score and Best Orchestrations, plays September 14 to October 23. Millions of film goers have seen the movie starring Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood, although the writers of the musical state it is based on the best-selling novel. The romance focuses on a beautiful Italian woman who married an American soldier to get out of Italy during the war. When her family attends the 1965 State Fair in Iowa, she meets a handsome National Geographic photographer who alters her life dramatically in four days. It's a musical which captures the yearning of the human heart and the expanse of America's heartland as we travel roads we often dare not go, open doors we often refuse to notice, and cross over bridges which leave us breathless. The score includes "Anothe…