Saturday, August 31, 2013



Will is pleased as punch to be at the Media Theatre and to be Spamming again. The Philadelphia based Bama native has been seen on stage from California to Maine and across Canada in regional theaters and the National tours of Oliver!  and Spamalot. 

Favorite roles include-- The Theatre at Monmoth; Demetrius/ Midsummer, Matt/ The Fantasticks, Friar and Tybalt/ Romeo and Juliet.  
The Walnut Street Theatre; Marley/ A Christmas Carol. 
Philly Fringe; Melvin Miller/ Awesome Alliteration, to name a few.

MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT is at The Media Theatre September 25-November 3, '13

Friday, August 30, 2013


The independent short film festival known as the Manhattan Short Film Festival returns to The Media Theatre for the third consecutive year on September 30 and October 1 at 7pm. The ten films chosen to be in the Festival not only entertain a global audience, but also allow the audience around the world to choose the winner.

The films will be screened across six continents from September 27 to October 6, 2013. Audiences at each film site are given a voting card upon entry and asked to vote for the film they believe should win. Votes are sent, by theatre management, to Manhattan Short headquarters and the winner is announced on Sunday October 6 at 10pm Eastern time.

This year the Festival received a record breaking 628 entries from 48 countries. “In my 16 years of programming, this is by far the strongest show we have ever had,” said Founding Director Nicholas Mason. “From the first scene to the last, these films command every second of your attention. It’s anyone’s guess who will win the Gold Medal for 2013.”

Mason continued, “Audiences from around the world come together during one week to enjoy the same films. A film in Russia may be loved by its audience, but a completely different film could be a favorite in Arizona. It’s this worldwide audience which is so special, and this event becomes so exciting for the filmmakers.”

The Media Theatre hosts the Manhattan Short Film Festival for the third year September 30 and October 1 although the Festival has been established since 1998. It started when Mason mounted a screen to the side of a truck in Manhattan. A year later it was shown in Union Square Park and, following the tragic events of 9/11, it transformed into a worldwide phenomenon and is still the only film festival that unfolds, simultaneously, in more than 250 cinemas on six continents. Over 100,000 film lovers unite from all corners of the globe for one week assisting to choose the Gold Medal worldwide winner.

The United States heads into the Festival with the greatest odds of winning as it has three short films within the ten finalists chosen. Tickets for the Festival at The Media Theatre September 30 and October 1 are $10 each. Each of the ten films are shown on both nights, and the program is a bit over two hours long.

Call The Media Theatre at 610-891-0100 for information or visit The Manhattan Short Film Festival is general seating. The concession stand and bar will be open for patrons. Doors open at 6:30pm with the Festival beginning at 7pm.

The films in the Manhattan Short Film Festival this year are:

 “# 30” (Australia) A talented young actress auditions for the role of Hamlet and not even Shakespeare could anticipate the result. Directed by Timothy Wilde.

“Do I Have To Take Care of Everything” (Finland) A comedy about a chaotic morning in a family with kids and a mother who is determined that it's best to take care of everything herself. Directed by Selma Vilhunen

 "Friday" (England) A young man plots revenge after losing his mother in a terrorist bombing in London. Directed by Seb Edwards

"No Comment" (France) A girl has two unexpected encounters with men in the Jardin du Luxembourg in Paris. Directed by Alexandra Naoum 

"Irish Folk Furniture" (Ireland) An animated documentary about repair and recycling in rural Ireland. Directed by Tony Donaghue

"Black Metal" (USA)The lead singer of a Black Metal band confronts the effects of his violent lyrics. Directed by Kat Candler

"Faces from Places" (France) Portraits of Moscow, Pakistan, and Quebec as seen through the eyes of a traveling illustrator with a flair for adventure. Created By Bastien Dubois 

"I Am A Great Big Ball of Sadness" (USA)  At a swanky, rooftop party in New York City, three guests try to get past their cocktail smiles. From the short play written By Ken Urban

"Kizmet Diner" (England) A singing waitress in a diner finds the song that opens the heart of a disinterested customer. Directed By Mark Nunnely

"Pale of Settlement" (USA) Based on a true events, The Pale of Settlement, tells the story of a 10 year old Jewish boy, Moische, who must escape forced conscription into the Russian Army during the Crimean War. Directed By Jacob Sillman 

Thursday, August 29, 2013


The Media Music Theatre Company, located in The Media Theatre, will hold auditions for its upcoming holiday musical “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” Tuesday September 17 at 6pm. The production is directed by Artistic Director Jesse Cline and choreographed by Dann Dunn.

The Andrew Lloyd Webber family musical is based on the biblical story of Joseph and his brothers with a score that includes the well-known songs “Any Dream Will Do” and “Close Every Door”. High energy choreography is a highlight of the production that is perfect for the holidays. The Media Theatre is producing the Mega-Mix version which features an edge-of-your-seat dance after the finale combining each of the songs in a rousing routine.

The audition is an AEA performers call in which non-union performers will be seen as time permits. Those attending should be prepared to sing and to move. Prepare music in the style of the show or sing from the show’s score. Please have sheet music prepared and properly edited for the music director (Tom Fosnocht).

Seeking the following roles:  Joseph—a bari-tenor in his 20’s to 30’s, sensitive, soulful singer, excellent physique and charisma; The Narrator—20’s to 40’s, male or female, strong belt, good story telling skills.

Also seeking: The Brothers—20’s to 30’s, various types and musical styles, must move well; Potiphar—30’s to 60’s, baritone, powerful, good character actor; Mrs. Potiphar—20’s to 40’s, soprano two, beautiful, good dancer;  Jacob—40’s to 60’s, baritone, solid character actor, larger than life presence; The Pharoah—30’s, bari-tenor, handsome, Elvis-style persona, comedic, sexy.

And seeking The Ensemble—men and women of various ages and types to portray character roles, wives, Ishmaelites, back up vocalists, etc.

All ethnicities are encouraged to attend the audition on Tuesday September 17 at The Media Theatre for “Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” at 6pm. Upon entering the lobby, a sign up will be available where monitor is stationed. Please do not arrive before 5:30pm. No phone calls please. If questions, email Roger Ricker at

Rehearsals for “Joseph” musical begin first week of November 2013 with the show having its first performance on November 20. The production closes January 5, 2014. Note that the musical rehearses and/ or performs on or near Thanksgiving, Chanukah, Christmas, Kwaanza, and New Year’s holidays. The Media Music Theatre Company operates under an LOA referenced to LORT.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013


As one of America’s foremost children's recording artists, David Jack has charmed audiences for 25 years. He has been featured on NBC's TODAY, performed at The White House and starred for eleven seasons in his own show at SESAME PLACE. His CDs have received national awards including the coveted Parents' Choice.


Monday, August 26, 2013


Who Appeareth In SPAMALOT at Media Theatre? DAN SCHIFF is King Arthur...

Happy to return to The Media for the 7th time where he played Uncle Max in SOUND OF MUSIC, FDR in ANNIE, & The Wizard in THE WIZARD OF OZ. Starred in the original Philadelphia productions of FORBIDDEN BROADWAY 

and SHEAR MADNESS. Beau in MAME opposite Christine Ebersole at Papermill Playhouse, four productions as Julian Marsh in 42nd STREET, and six productions as Nick Arnstein in FUNNY GIRL. 30 productions at Walnut Street Theatre including Georges in LaCAGE, Moonface in ANYTHING GOES, 
Joe Boyd in DAMN YANKEES, and Maurice in BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. 
Proud member of Actors Equity for 36 years!

MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT is at The Media Theatre September 23-November 3. 610-891-0100


The Media Theatre continues to expand its curriculum with new Level One and Level Two Acting Classes for youth as well as a Teen Improvisation Class. All will begin in September, along with its renowned New School, which is a conservatory-style educational approach to music theatre.

The Fall Session of Acting Classes begins the weekend of September 7 with Level One for Children, Saturday Mornings at 9am. This 10-week one-hour course is primarily for ages 6 to 9, or for those beginning to explore an interest in theatre. 

Classes are structured to include exercises for building basic speaking skills on stage (volume, diction), learning stage directions, and developing self-esteem. Fun theatre exercises are used to introduce acting skills based on The Meisner Technique, which advances the idea that “Acting is living as truthfully as one can under an imaginary circumstance,”. Each student has the opportunity for one-on-one instruction with the educator within a group environment. Students are given many opportunities to gain access to who they are as actors.

For children who have some experience onstage Second Level Acting, Tuesdays at 4:30pm would be more appropriate. This 10-week one-hour course begins September 10 and is for children ages 8 to 11, or for those who have some onstage experience. Classes are also structured on the principles of the Meisner Technique. The focus is primarily on student scene work to strengthen beginning acting skills. Theatre exercises are also implemented to enhance stage focus and discipline. Diction is a big part of this class, as well as following direction with one-on-one instruction within a group environment. 

There are more opportunities for Teens this year as well. Along with the Teen Acting Class, an Improvisation Class has been added.

The Teen Acting Class meets Sundays at 6pm starting September 8. This eight-week 90-minute class is ideal for ages 12 and up and is best for the beginner to the more experienced actor. Each student is given one-on-one instruction within a group environment. The focus is on stage skills, following direction, and monologues. As the class progresses, the monologue is steadily enhanced through continued study and performance. The class is instrumental in providing self-awareness, self-esteem, and the ability to work well with peers. The Meisner Technique is used to create true student identification to the material.

A new Teen Improv Class, Tuesdays at 5:30pm, will begin September 10. This 10-week one-hour course is for children ages 12 and up. The course of study strengthens improvisational skills. Comedy and drama are the focus for this fun class that assists students in developing quick thinking skills and strengthens their ‘Listening and Responding’ abilities. This class is also founded on the  tenets of the Meisner Technique.

For adults who wish to explore acting for the first time or strengthen skills, the Adult Acting Class meets Sundays at 7:30pm starting September 8.This eight-week 90-minute class is designed for ages 18 and up. Scene study with partners and monologues are the   focus. This class uses the Meisner Technique with the premise that “acting is living as truthfully as one can under an imaginary circumstance.”

Roger Ricker, who has been with The Media Theatre since 1994 and has appeared in over 90 productions, will be instructing Level One Acting for Children and the TeenActing Class. Tim Haney, an actor and stage manager, will instruct the Teen Improv Class and Level Two Acting for Children as well as the Adult Acting Class.

The Media Theatre’s New School, a conservatory-style educational approach to music theatre, is headed into its fourth year. Enrollment is by interview or audition only. Jesse Cline, the theatre’s Artistic Director, will hold auditions on Saturday August 17 for the 2013-2014 session.

Cline, who led the theatre to Broadway World Philadelphia’s “Best Theatre Company 2012” Award,  instructs the acting classes within The New School, while resident music director Tom Fosnocht teaches vocal music and music theory. There is also a movement element to the course. 

The New  School is the only theatre school in Delaware County and the region with a focus on preparing students for performance in music theatre. It includes instruction in the three disciplines of acting, music, and movement—all of which are needed in the performance of music theatre.

Acting, music, and dance are intertwined throughout this program,” Cline added. “The objective of the New School is to incorporate all of these elements into a common approach put forth by the faculty. If one were to synthesize the fundamental premise of the training it would be that ‘the truth is everything’. This premise is essential and should maintain itself in everything that takes place on stage. Each student finds the truth within himself or herself and that particular truth means they are individual and special.”

Cline and Fosnocht look forward to The New School which enters its fourth season September 23 with two age groups. The teens meet on Mondays at 4:30pm with the younger age group meeting on Thursdays at 4:30pm. Only 15 students are accepted for each age group. Each semester of The New School culminates in a recital.

For more information regarding The Media Theatre's Acting Classes or New School, call610-891-0100 or visit

Pictured: Students of The Media Theatre's New School rehearse. 

Sunday, August 25, 2013


WINNER of EAGLES SEASON TICKETS drawn @TheMediaTheatre 2013. See it on youtube! Congrats to JOANNA MURPHY of SPFLD


"Diva's Lament" will be performed by Tony nominated actress Ann Crumb when The Media Theatre presents the hilarious Monty Python musical Spamalot September 25-November 3. She has appeared on Media's stage previously in the acclaimed productionsMaster Class, Wings, and Souvenir. In those three productions she was directed by Artistic Director Jesse Cline. 

"Ann is a legendary actress who delighted audiences in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Aspects of Love on Broadway and in London's West End," Cline said. "Her talent is extraordinary and she will bring a fresh life to The Lady of the Lake."

She was nominated for the Tony Award when she appeared in “Anna Karenina.” She has appeared on almost every regional theatre stage in the Philadelphia region and recently won a Best Actress Award for her work in “Sunset Boulevard” in Colorado. She is the recipient of a Barrymore Award and an Arts Recognition Award. Her television credits include “Law and Order” and “One Life to Live”. She has performed in concerts around the world and on her father George Crumb’s Grammy winning 70thBirthday album.

Other members of the cast of The Media Theatre's Spamalot are Dan Schiff as King Arthur,  David Jack as Patsy, Patrick Ludt as Robin, Will Harrell as Lancelot, Tim Haney as Bedevere, Jay Poff as Galahad, and Harrison Post as Prince Herbert. The cast is completed by Rachel Beiswenger, Will Connell, Ashley Douglas, JP Dunphy, Sam Nagel, Will Pazdziora, Taylor Elise Rector, Megan Rucidlo, Billy Steeves,  and Melody Wilson.

Monty Python's Spamalot is a comedic musical based on the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail. It received the 2005 Tony Award for Best Musical. Much like the classic film from the '70's, it follows a non-traditional and surreal strand of humor as King Arthur journeys to find the Holy Grail. The King recruits several eccentric and somewhat ridiculous Knights for his quest. Along the way they meet The Lady of the Lake, Prince Herbert, The Knights of Ni and a few other bizarre characters. 

Monty Python fans appreciate the references in Spamalot to familiar material from the Python repertoire including the song "Always Look On The Bright Side of Life" and the Fisch Shlapping Dance.  The name of the show is a reference to one of their songs  in which the lyrics convey this message: "We eat ham, and jam, and spam alot."

Broadway and show aficionados find the show's references to other musicals quite entertaining, particularly the number "The Song That Goes Like This" which is a spoof of Webber compositions and other power ballads. Poking fun at Vegas glitz is also a large element in Spamalot. Upon its premiere, The New York Times called the show "Resplendently silly...An eager celebration of inanity."

For tickets to Monty Python's Spamalot at The Media Theatre September 25-November 3, call 610-891-0100 or

(pictured: Tony nominated actress Ann Crumb, who will portray The Lady of the Lake in The Media Theatre's Spamalot this fall.)


The Rose Tree Restaurant of Media is now the signature dining destination for Media Theatre patrons. As a partner with the professional music theatre company housed at The Media Theatre, Rose Tree Restaurant will be the featured dining establishment for all individuals and groups who attend the theatre.

The partnership, through the end of 2013 with the possibility of extension,  will be outlined on the theatre's website, raising more awareness for patrons or prospective ticket buyers for any event. A special promotion code will be set up for online reservations. Alternatively, Rose Tree Restaurant patrons will be offered a special 10% discount on same-day theatre tickets with proof of receipt from the renowned dining establishment. A unique Dinner and Theatre Package will be offered as well.

The Media Music Theatre Company, which produces the musical presentations at The Media Theatre, will hold Board Meetings in the restaurant's banquet room and the restaurant will cater the theatre's opening night of the classic family musical "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat". 

For more information about The Rose Tree Restaurant's partnership with The Media Theatre, call 610-891-0100 or visit

MEDIA THEATRE'S 2013-14 SEASON HAS MONTY PYTHON AND WEBBER CLASSICS (includes 3 Philly Regional Professional Premieres)

The Media Theatre has been delighting audiences for two decades with classic and contemporary musicals. It enters its 20th anniversary season with three Philadelphia regional professional premieres plus two classic productions.

Artistic Director Jesse Cline led the theatre to “Best Theatre Company of Philadelphia”, an award given by Broadway World in 2012. It also received honors for Best Music Direction, Best Set Design, and several other awards. Its 2013-14 season promises to continue bringing further accolades and honors for Delaware County’s only professional music theatre. Cline oversees the productions produced by Media Music Theatre Company, the not-for-profit arts organization housed at The Media Theatre.

The 2013-14 season opens with the first Philadelphia/ Wilmington professional production of 2005’s Tony winner, Monty Python’s “Spamalot”. The musical is based on the classic film Monty Python and The Holy Grail. Like the film, it follows a non-traditional and highly surreal strand of humor. Python fans appreciate the references to the movie as well as nods to other classic Python bits, while Broadway musical fans appreciate its homage and spoof of Andrew Lloyd Webber and music theatre in general. The story follows King Arthur and his quest for the Holy Grail, featuring humorous Knights of the Round Table and plenty of uniquely eccentric characters such as The Lady of the Lake who will be played in Media’s production by Tony nominated actress Ann Crumb. “Spamalot” will have audiences roaring with laughter September 25-November 3.

Speaking of Andrew Lloyd Webber, two of his beloved productions will be produced by The Media Theatre during its 20th Anniversary Season. The first up is his classic “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” November 20-January 5. In the show the Biblical story of Joseph and his jealous brothers is brought to musical life, with a score that includes the well-known songs “Close Every Door” and “Any Dream Will Do”. High-energy choreography is a highlight of this family show that is perfect for the holidays. The Media Theatre will produce the Mega-Mix version which features an edge-of-your-seat dance after the finale that combines each of the songs in a rousing routine that brings audiences to their feet.

January 29-February 16 brings “The Diary of Anne Frank” directed by Jesse Cline. This updated adaptation by Wendy Kesselman was a hit on Broadway in 1997, nominated for several Tony awards. The play focuses on The Frank Family as they hide from the Nazis in war-torn Amsterdam. In an attic for two years, they are joined by four others while teenager Anne Frank records the account in her diary. Dramatic and ultimately inspiring due to its message of hope amidst fear, this is one of the most beloved plays of all-time.

Classic songs of the 1960’s are the highlight February 26-March 30 in another regional professional premiere, “Why Do Fools Fall In Love?”. Four ladies attend a bachelorette party and as it picks up steam they reveal details about their love lives and join in perfect harmony with well-known songs like “I Will Follow Him”, “Hey There Lonely Boy”, and the title tune.

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony winning musical “Sunset Boulevard” will thrill audiences April 16-May 18. Based on the 1950 film, Time Magazine says the show is “Lloyd Webber’s most artfully constructed score.” The musical focuses on Norma Desmond, a silent movie star, who is forced to retire with the advent of the ‘talkies’. She looks for a return to the big screen when a young screenwriter comes into her life. Interestingly enough, The Media Theatre, built in 1927, opened with “The Jazz Singer”, which was the first ‘talkie’ motion picture.

The Media Theatre has been producing musicals overseen by Artistic Director Jesse Cline for two decades. The mission of the theatre company is to promote and nurture the imagination, diversity and joy unique to music theatre by the production of new and classic works.

For subscriptions to The Media Theatre’s 2013-14 Broadway Series season call 610-891-0100 or visit