Monday, September 30, 2013

WHO IS IN 'OZ'...PART 7...MICHAEL WELLS IS IN TWO ROLES!

Actors love to play as many roles as possible--sometimes in the same show! Young Michael Wells is doing just that in The Media Theatre's "The Wizard of OZ" which opens Saturday October 5. It's a treat for young audiences through November 17, with performances Saturdays at 11am and Sundays at Noon.

He is playing Uncle Henry and The Doorman, singing "Merry Old Land of OZ" in the production.


Michael Wells, 12, has been busy at The Media Theatre for a little over a year when he joined Camp Media Theatre in 2012. Since then, he has appeared in two Broadway Series productions (as Tommy in "Dr. Dolittle" and as Peter Dennis in "Mame, alongside the legendary Tony nominated actress Andrea McArdle).

He was also seen as Peter Pinkerton in the hugely successful "Pinkalicious, The Musical" last season and as the White Rabbit in "Alice in Wonderland".

The little guy is also busy off the stage as one of the proprieters of his flower boutique in Springfield, Pa. It's Michael Anthony's Floral Design and may be reached at 484-461-2471.

To see Michael Wells and the rest of the talented young cast in "The Wizard of OZ" at The Media Theatre, call 610-891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org. Tickets are just $10 for children and $12 for adults in this one-act version of the classic tale featuring the songs from the movie you know and love! Come on out and sing along! 








Sunday, September 29, 2013

LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE OF LIFE WITH 'SPAMALOT' OPENING MEDIA THEATRE'S 20th ANNIVERSARY SEASON

The Media Theatre, with its new and classic Broadway musicals being produced by Media Music Theatre Company, looks on "The Bright Side of Life" as it celebrates the opening of its 20th Anniversary Season with Monty Python's "Spamalot".


The Media Music Theatre Company is the professional music theatre organization housed at the historic location on State Street in Media. For two decades, Jesse Cline--Artistic Director for MMTC--has been overseeing the production of shows such as "Show Boat", "Rent", "Miss Saigon", and "The Sound of Music". Acclaimed performers such as Emmy winner Wanda Sykes, Il Divo's David Miller, and the legendary Andrea McArdle have appeared in Cline's productions as well as Justin Guarini, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and Ann Crumb (who has a Diva of a role in "Spamalot").

"Spamalot" had a splendid opening night on Friday September 27 with a standing ovation even The Knights of Ni would have found acceptable. The extremely humorous musical plays through November 3 and is based on the film "Monty Python and the Holy Grail", all about a somewhat bewildered King Arthur and his eccentric Knights on a hunt for the fabled cup. Along the way, they meet The Lady of the Lake, a very vocal Prince Herbert, and a killer rabbit.

The Media Music Theatre Company has a partnership with Rose Tree Restaurant in which theatre patron may enjoy a dinner and show (matinee or evening) at a reasonable price. Reservations for Rose Tree Restaurant on Route 252 just five minutes from The Media Theatre may be made when ordering tickets at 610-891-0100. Visit mediatheatre.org for more information.

Following "Spamalot", Emmy nominated actor Kyle Lowder of CBS' Bold and the Beautiful, will take on the title role in Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" starting November 20. 


(Pictured: Will Harrell leads the Knights of Ni as they meet King Arthur (Scott Langdon) and his sidekick Patsy (David Jack) in "Spamalot" at The Media Theatre now thru November 3,)

Friday, September 27, 2013

WE WIN 'BEST OF DELCO' FROM DAILY TIMES

WE WIN AGAIN! 

We thank the readers of DELAWARE COUNTY DAILY TIMES for making us the 2013 WINNER for BEST LIVE THEATRE in the region once more. Our supportive patrons and readers of the Times have given us this honor since 2001. 

Many, many thanks and we look forward to a great season ahead! We are inspired by being named BEST OF DELCO!




Not simply a beautiful structure steeped in history, The Media Theatre is now known worldwide as the home of The Media Music Theatre Company, created by the visionary artistic direction of Mr. Jesse Cline. Cline and his staff of creative designers and directors have been awarded over 20 "Best Of" honors in the past 20 years, from prestigious media outlets such as Broadway World, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The New York Daily News, Main Line Today Magazine, DelcoNewsNetwork, and the Delaware County Daily Times.

Recently, the Media Theatre was recognized with an official proclamation by Delaware County Council for its cultural and economic impact on the region. The United States Congress honored the work of the State Street Miracles, the Media Theatre's intellectually challenged performance troupe, who have performed everywhere from the US Senate Rotunda to the Pennsylvania State Senate Chamber in Harrisburg as ambassadors for Media Music Theatre Company.

Call 610-891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org

Thursday, September 26, 2013

WHO IS IN 'OZ' ....PART SIX...EMILY SMITH is THE SCARECROW

She is the winner of the newly christened "Vocalist Junior" contest at The Media Theatre. During this past summer's competition, formerly entitled "Delco Idol Junior", the sassy singer captivated audiences and the judges with her flair for comedy and a take-charge stage persona. Her name is Emily Smith, she is 12, and she is from Media.


In "The Wizard of OZ" she portrays The Scarecrow. Even though the iconic role is constantly searching for a brain, Emily Smith certainly would not be searching for 'smarts'. She has plenty of them, which have been showcased in her performances at Episcopal Academy and in shows such as "The Jungle Book" and Disney's "101 Dalmatians".

An active young lady--she almost has to be such, considering she has three brothers at similar ages--she enjoys playing tennis aside from her time on the stage.

Emily Smith can be seen as The Scarecrow in "The Wizard of OZ" at The Media Theatre weekends beginning October 5 through November 17. It's on Saturday mornings at 11am and Sunday afternoons at Noon. The one-act version of the legendary musical based on the legendary film features all of the memorable songs including "If I Only Had A Brain" and "Over the Rainbow".

The cast features many of the theatre's New School students as well as an ensemble of young actors from the variety of classes offered at The Media Theatre.

For tickets, call 610-891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org!







Sunday, September 22, 2013

20 YEARS, OVER 20 'BEST OF' AWARDS, AND MORE TO COME AT THE MEDIA THEATRE!

In the Greater Philadelphia/ Wilmington region, one professional music theatre company continues to brighten the theatrical landscape after twenty years. 

With its various honors and awards from over 20 local and national media outlets and organizations, The Media Theatre inspires and delights audiences who give standing ovations in appreciation of such acclaimed productions as "Show Boat", "The Sound of Music", "Rent", "The Who's Tommy", and "Chicago".


Since 1994, when the magnificent first live musical presentation "My Fair Lady" opened its grand curtain to a sold out audience on opening night (under the auspices of Rockwell Productions at the time), thousands of patrons have entered the classic red doors to enjoy memorable performances by renowned actors and actresses such as Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jason Daniely, Andy Karl, David Miller, Justin Guarini, Kyle Lowder, Emmy winner Wanda Sykes, Tony winners Betty Buckley and Judy Kaye and Tony nominees Philip Boykin, Ann Crumb, and Andrea McArdle.

Delaware County Council honors The Media Theatre, 2013


Not simply a beautiful structure steeped in history, The Media Theatre is now known worldwide as the home of The Media Music Theatre Company, created by the visionary artistic direction of Mr. Jesse Cline. Cline and his staff of creative designers and directors have been awarded over 20 "Best Of" honors in the past 20 years, from prestigious media outlets such as Broadway World, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The New York Daily News, Main Line Today Magazine, DelcoNewsNetwork, and the Delaware County Daily Times.


Recently, the Media Theatre was recognized with an official proclamation by Delaware County Council for its cultural and economic impact on the region. The United States Congress honored the work of the State Street Miracles, the Media Theatre's intellectually challenged performance troupe, who have performed everywhere from the US Senate Rotunda to the Pennsylvania State Senate Chamber in Harrisburg as ambassadors for Media Music Theatre Company.

Media Music Theatre Company's new front box office facade

Cline developed the Media Music Theatre Company's mission statement, which is seen proudly in the theatre's lobby: The mission of the Media Theatre is to promote and nurture the imagination, diversity, and joy unique to music theatre by the production of new and classic works; to herald music theatre to young people as an art form that is relevant to their lives, and to foster an understanding by them that it is indigenous to their cultural history and reflective of our country's heritage.

As its main focus, Cline created, developed, and then strengthened its Broadway Series which brings professional, New York and local talent to our stage. Each production is accompanied by a full orchestra, heightening the experience and broadening the depth of each classic and new musical as it is brought  to life on stage. 


A driving part of the mission of the Media Theatre is to educate and inspire young children in the American Tradition of the Musical. Since opening in 1994, the educational programs have grown from a single acting class for children and adults, to include three separate classes for children, teens, and adults, advanced classes for children and teens, a popular Broadway camp which inspires over 300 youth annually, and a conservatory-style approach to professional training in the art of the musical through The New School. 


Cline instructs The New School with Scott Anthony, Resident Music Director for the Broadway Series. This program engages students in an advanced, individual approach in education for acting, music theory and vocal instruction, and movement for the stage.



All Media Music Theatre Company classes

incorporate the Sanford Meisner Technique, with the basic principle being that Acting is living as truthfully as one can under imaginary circumstances. Jesse Cline, Artistic Director, was a student of Meisner's and is a proponent of this Technique.

Linked to these classes is the Media Theatre's Children's Series, offering students an opportunity to put into practice the lessons taught through Acting Classes and the New School. The Children's Series performs family-friendly productions of classic fairy tales, children's novels, and modern fables. Every Children's Series production is a musical, offering a deeper insight and understanding for youth to engage as both audience members and participants in the art of music theatre.


As we celebrate two decades of premier music theatre, significant changes have been made to raise awareness of the memorable work and artistry which 

has found a home in this space. Aesthetic improvements have been made to the exterior through a generous contribution from the VT Group, displaying to all passers-by the mission of the Media Music Theatre Company through triumphant memorable images of past productions.

Soon, a renovated website will be introduced, allowing for a better representation of the work on and off the stage. 


Most importantly, to achieve the finest representation of the award-winning presentations audiences have enjoyed for 20 years, an official re-branding of the company will be unveiled in 2014. In line with the mission, history, and artistry of this professional theatrical organization known as The Media Music Theatre Company, this new marketing strategy will allow us to to carry on the cultural and economic impact we have acheived for years to come.


Our mission is represented throughout the nation and the world by actors who have entertained on our stage. Our students will carry on this mission in the years to come, when we will proudly celebrate another two decades!


Call 610-891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org 

Saturday, September 21, 2013

WHO IS IN 'OZ' ...PART FIVE...EMILY KINKA IS THE ONE TO FOLLOW

In The Media Theatre’s Youth Series production of The Wizard of OZ this fall, when Dorothy and her friends follow The Yellow Brick Road they will, literally, ‘follow’ the road. That’s because—as in the theatre’s Broadway Series production of the musical a few years ago—The Yellow Brick Road is portrayed by an actress.


Emily Kinka, 13, of St. Maximillian Kolbe School in West Chester, portrays the iconic path to OZ in the one-act version of the legendary musical. She is the 8th Grade Student Council Vice-President there and is involved in track. (Track? Fitting, isn’t it, that she is playing The Yellow Brick Road!)

Emily is entering her first season in the New School after receiving the vocal excellence award at Camp Media Theater this summer. 

While new to the Media Theater stage, she is no stranger to the spotlight having performed with her band at World Cafe Live, the Note and Sigma sound. She is a two time finalist in Sea Isle City's Got Talent and a finalist in Chester County Battle of the Bands. Emily was recently seen as Veruca Salt in her school's production of Willy Wonka.

She joins the rest of the cast in The Media Theatre’s The Wizard of OZ October 5-November 17. The musical based on the classic film features all of its wonderful songs such as “Over the Rainbow”. It’s an edited version of the two-act musical for ages 4 and up.


Tickets are available by calling 610-891-0100 or visiting mediatheatre.org. All Youth Series and Broadway Series productions at The Media Theatre are produced by Media Music Theatre Company. 

Friday, September 20, 2013

DELCO LAW ENFORCEMENT MEMORIAL FOUNDATION HAS 'SPAMALOT' FUNDRAISER OCT. 12

It’s a sure bet The Media Theatre will be a safe place to be on Saturday night October 12 when Delaware County’s finest attend a performance of Monty Python’s “Spamalot”. The Delaware County Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation will host its annual fundraiser at the establishment with a reception and show.

Dozens of police officers from various boroughs and towns in Delco will gather to support their mission while having a few laughs thanks to Monty Python’s hilarious take on the King Arthur legend.

Pictured: One of Prospect Park's finest, Henry O' Neill, and The Media Theatre's Artistic Director Jesse Cline in front of the theatre on State Street in Media.

The mission of The Memorial Foundation is nothing to laugh at, however. The group honors the memories of those in or associated with Delaware County law enforcement who laid down their lives to protect the citizens of the County. They also provide continued support to the families of the fallen heroes while creating and maintaining a permanent memorial for all citizens to reflect upon those who made the supreme sacrifice.

The fundraiser on October 12 supports the maintenance and perpetual care of the memorial in Rose Tree Park. At the event, Officer Ed Kienzle, a retired Prospect Park Policeman, will be honored. Officer Kienzle saved the life of another officer, Bill Nichols, on July 27, 1989, when Nichols was shot in the line of duty. With his vast knowledge of firearms, Kienzle placed his finger behind the trigger of the gun preventing the offender from firing additional rounds. Officer Kienzle apprehended the drug induced suspect, making sure that Officer Nichols life was spared.

There will be another one of Delco’s finest in the spotlight on October 12. Henry O’ Neill, Prospect Park Policeman and main organizer of the event, will be the special guest Voice of God in the musical comedy during the 8pm performance. O’ Neill said, “We decided to come to “Spamalot” this year because, in our line of work, we all need to relax and laugh once in awhile.” O’ Neill has been a regular visitor to The Media Theatre for the past several years as his son, Sean, participates in each of the Youth Series productions, having started his stage career as a young Tommy in Artistic Director Jesse Cline’s “The Who’s Tommy”.

To learn more about The Delaware County Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation, visit www.delcoheroes.org.

The “Spamalot” special evening includes a reception for the officers prior to the show. The Media Theatre congratulates Officer O’ Neill and his compatriots for a job well done throughout the county.


To learn more about Monty Python’s “Spamalot” and upcoming events at The Media Theatre, visit mediatheatre.org or call 610-891-0100.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

WHO APPEARETH IN SPAMALOT...PART 8...BROADWAY'S ANN CRUMB is Lady of the Lake

"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 productions Master 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 70th Birthday album.
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 (produced by Media Music Theatre Company at The Media Theatre) September 25-November 3, call 610-891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org.

WHO IS IN 'OZ'...PART FOUR...GIANNI PALMARINI as The Tin Man

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. 








Monday, September 16, 2013

WHO IS IN 'OZ' AT MEDIA THEATRE...PART THREE....SEBASTIAN FITZGERALD IS TOTO

Sometimes the actor with the shortest bio is the one who creates the biggest stir. In this case, it's because he is only five years old!

Sebastian Fitzgerald of Wallingford is quickly and quietly building a resume that busts out with recognizable show titles. "Wizard of OZ" is no exception, as he lends his talents to the legendary role of Toto, the little dog that goes with Dorothy over the rainbow.


In this youth edition of the popular story based on the classic film, Toto is not a real dog. He's a boy. And Sebastian Fitzgerald is happily barking up a storm (not the storm that takes Dorothy to OZ!) in the production which features all the familiar songs from the 1939 movie.

He attends Nether Providence Elementary Kindergarten and started performing at The Media Theatre when he was four. Yes, four years old! Just last season audiences saw this little guy in "Alice In Wonderland", "Pinkalicious", and Disney's "101 Dalmatians".

He loves acting and 'cool cars'. Will this tiny tot grow up to appear in the inevitable reboot (in the next two decades) of "Fast and Furious"? Keep your eyes on his career to find out.

For now, come see Sebastian Fitzgerald as Toto in "The Wizard of OZ" at The Media Theatre weekends October 5 to November 17. It's Saturdays at 11am and Sundays at Noon. Only 70 minutes in length, it's a musical one act perfect for ages four and up. The little ones will be well represented on stage by Mr. Fitzgerald and company!

Call 610-891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org for tickets. Arf! Arf!




Saturday, September 14, 2013

WHO APPEARETH IN SPAMALOT----PART SEVEN---PATRICK LUDT

He's been love struck in "My Fair Lady" as Freddy. He's been in the rock and roll drug scene in "Rent" as Roger. He's even had two personalities as the title role(s) in "Jekyll and Hyde: The Musical".
Now, Patrick Ludt adds his charm and tenor vocals to Monty Python's "Spamalot" as Sir Robin in The Media Theatre's production of the Best Musical Tony Winner September 25-November 3.
Aside from performing on Media's stage in quite a few musicals, Ludt also directed one of its big holiday hits two seasons back ("The Sound of Music").



Monty Python's "Spamalot" is the Broadway musical comedy--accent on COMEDY--based on the classic film "Monty Python and the Holy Grail". In it, a somewhat befuddled King Arthur is placed on the trail by The Voice of God and along with his eccentric Knights ends up being taunted by a lunatic Frenchman, meeting up with a Killer Rabbit, and finally 'surrendering' to The Lady of the Lake.
It's outrageous, it's contagious, it's absolutely Ludtageous. See "Spamalot" at The Media Theatre starting September 25 and playing through November 3. Visit mediatheatre.org to see dates and times. It's produced by The Media Music Theatre Company.

Friday, September 13, 2013

WHO IS IN 'OZ' AT MEDIA THEATRE---PART TWO---ELAINA FITZGERALD

She's only 10 years old but has quite a list of accomplishments on the stage! Elaina Fitzgerald, 10, of Wallingford is also (along with Theodora Greco) playing the iconic role of Dorothy in The Media Theatre's youth edition of "The Wizard of OZ". She'll add this show to her lengthy list of credits.


A student of The Media Theatre's New School -a conservatory style educational approach to music theatre-Elaina has appeared on Media's stage several times. This past season she was seen as Pork Chop in "Adventures of Three Little Pigs" and as Alison in "Pinkalicious, The Musical".

She did not stop there! Audiences also enjoyed her in Disney's "101 Dalmatians". She also placed in the Top Five of 2013's "Vocalist Junior" contest, performing legendary songs from shows such as "Annie Get Your Gun".

To see Elaina Fitzgerald and the rest of the youthful cast in "The Wizard of OZ" at The Media Theatre, call 610-891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org. It's on Saturday mornings at 11am and Sundays at Noon October 5 to November 17.

It's based on the classic 1939 film with the songs you know and love such as "Over the Rainbow". Audiences are invited to come dressed as their favorite characters from the show and to sing along with all of the Munchkins. 

The show features two local adult actors as well--
More about them later! 
All Media Theatre Youth Series, Broadway Series, and Educational Programs are produced by 
Media Music Theatre Company (Artistic Director Jesse Cline). 

Thursday, September 12, 2013

WHO IS IN 'OZ' AT MEDIA THEATRE? ---PART ONE---THEODORA GRECO

"The Wizard of OZ", with its legendary score and superb rendering on film in 1939, comes to The Media Theatre live on stage every weekend October 5-November 17.

With the iconic "Over the Rainbow" and classic dialogue such as "I'll get you, my pretty...and your little dog, too!" it is a show which may be enjoyed time and time again even though audiences may know every word to every song. But that's part of the fun and The Media Theatre's production, in a one-act youth edition, invites you to come and sing along.



Theodora Greco, 10, of Media portrays Dorothy in the production (except October 12 and 13, when Elaina Fitzgerald takes on the role---more about her later!). She attends Glenwood Elementary and is in the fifth grade. Aside from performing, which she adores, Theodora is also taking tennis lessons and plays the flute in her elementary school band. She likes to stay as busy as possible, so she is also a member of the Greek Dancer Group at her church. She was previously seen in The Media Theatre's production of Disney's "101 Dalmatians" and in Penncrest High School's "Notables". 

She is heading into her second year as a student of The Media Theatre's New School, which is a conservatory style music theatre education program created by Artistic Director Jesse Cline. She shares the stage in "The Wizard of OZ" with other New School students who portray principle roles such as The Scarecrow, The Tin Man, The Cowardly Lion, and Glinda, The Good Witch. 

Theodora looks forward to entertaining audiences and teaching a few lessons as Dorothy learns there is 'no place like home'. 

"The Wizard of OZ", in which Dorothy and her pals travel the Yellow Brick Road to find answers to life's questions, plays at The Media Theatre Saturdays at 11am and Sundays at Noon October 5 to November 17. The production is 70 minutes long and is a great treat (at the price of a movie) for ages 4 and up.

For tickets and information, call 610-891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org. All Media Theatre youth productions, Broadway Series shows, and educational programs are produced by The Media Music Theatre Company, the winner of Broadway World's 2012 honor for "Best Theatre Company in Philadelphia." 


Tuesday, September 10, 2013

WHO APPEARETH IN SPAMALOT---PART SIX---SCOTT LANGDON BECOMES KING ARTHUR!

Actor Scott Langdon, recently seen in Artistic Director Jesse Cline’s acclaimed production of Mame, is searching for the Holy Grail at The Media Theatre September 25 through November 3. He is stepping into the role of King Arthur in Monty Python’s Spamalot in the Media Music Theatre Company production.

Langdon is no stranger to Philadelphia audiences, having appeared at The Walnut Street Theatre in Love Story, The Music ManEvita, and The Sound of Music as well as in The Arden Theatre’s Baby Case and Bunnicula. At the Lyric Theater of Oklahoma, the Midwestern stage veteran has been seen in classics such as Cabaret, Grand Hotel, and The Who’s Tommy as well as the world premiere of Club Stardust.



He will bring his acclaimed one-man version of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol to The Media Theatre following his run as King Arthur in Spamalot.


Spamalot is the Tony winning musical based on the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The show pokes fun at everything from the Arthurian legend to Las Vegas and even skewers Broadway musicals.


In Mame this past spring Langdon worked alongside Tony nominated actress Andrea McArdle and in Spamalot he continues that tradition sharing scenes with Tony nominee Ann Crumb who portrays The Lady of The Lake.


The Media Music Theatre Company is the professional music theatre organization housed at The Media Theatre. It is the recipient of Broadway World’s 2012 “Best Theatre Company of Philadelphia”. For tickets to Monty Python’s Spamalot at The Media Theatre visit mediatheatre.org or call 610-891-0100.

Monday, September 9, 2013

MEDIA THEATRE HAS A BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL 'JOSEPH' THIS HOLIDAY SEASON WITH SOAP STAR KYLE LOWDER

Emmy nominated daytime actor and stage star Kyle Lowder will have audiences singing “Go Go Go Joseph!” this holiday season when he brings his vocal talents and soap opera physique to The Media Theatre’s production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. He’ll portray the title role in Artistic Director Jesse Cline’s production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s family musical November 20 to January 5.


Lowder received an Emmy nomination for playing Brady Black on NBC’s “Days of Our Lives”, followed by his many years on CBS daytime’s “The Bold and The Beautiful” as Rick Forrester. He was seen by over 50 million viewers each day worldwide, and writers occasionally showcased his unique talent by presenting musical numbers such as Rodgers & Hammerstein famous song “Sixteen Going On Seventeen.”

Having just starred as Stacee Jaxx in the Las Vegas company of Broadway’s Rock of Ages, Lowder is no stranger to the stage. He studied drama and vocal performance with Italian opera star Dr. Renato Mario Vellutino, and was accepted into the School of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University before moving to Los Angeles for his television and modeling careers. Following his turn with The Media Theatre, Lowder will relocate to New York with Broadway on the horizon.

Taking on the title role in The Media Theatre’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will be a treat for audiences and for Lowder. “I absolutely love Andrew Lloyd Webber’s score to this show,” he said. “To have the privilege of singing such iconic songs for several weeks during the holidays is a great gift.”

Lowder will lend his vocal prowess to songs such as “Any Dream Will Do” and “Close Every Door” just as Andy Gibb, Michael Damian, and Donny Osmond have done.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is the musical, originally written as an all-male cantata, which Sir Webber composed prior to his break-out with Jesus Christ Superstar. The biblically based tale of Joseph and his jealous brothers is an energetic tableau of various musical genres mingled with humor, poignancy, and plenty of eye-popping choreography. The show inspires with its universal message of forgiveness and following one’s own path to personal achievement.

The Media Theatre is producing the Mega-Mix version of the classic musical, featuring a rousing dance combination following the finale which thrills with a medley of the show’s memorable songs.


For tickets to see Daytime Emmy nominated actor Kyle Lowder and the talented cast in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at The Media Theatre November 20 through January 5, call 610-891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org. The Broadway Series is produced by The Media Music Theatre Company which is the winner of Broadway World’s 2012 “Best Theatre Company of Philadelphia” Award.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

MEDIA THEATRE HAS YOUTH EDITION OF CLASSIC 'WIZARD OF OZ' THIS FALL

Starting October 5 and running through November 17, The Yellow Brick Road is returning to The Media Theatre. This time, it’s a 70 minute one-act version of “The Wizard of Oz” based on the legendary 1939 MGM film with all of the iconic songs such as “If I Only Had A Brain” and “Somewhere Over The Rainbow”. Audiences have the opportunity to enjoy the Youth Series production Saturdays at 11am and Sundays at Noon.

The show has been specially designed and adapted in a shortened version specifically for elementary and middle school age children. All ages, however, will enjoy the nostalgia upon hearing the songs Judy Garland and company made famous.

The Media Theatre’s New School students portray the principal and supporting roles. The New School is a conservatory-style music theatre education program with two age groups that meets for two semesters from September to April. Jesse Cline, the theatre’s Artistic Director, instructs The New School in the art of acting, while Resident Music Director Tom Fosnocht educates students in basic music theory and vocal studies. Dancer and actress Megan Rucidlo, currently in Media’s “Spamalot”, will take on the movement component of the course throughout 2013.

Theodora Greco, 9, of Media, adds her talent as Dorothy. Theodora enters her second year in the New School. She was recently seen in a successful run of last summer’s “101 Dalmatians”.

Elaina Fitzgerald, 10, of Wallingford, will portray Dorothy the weekend of October 12 and 13. She was also seen in “101 Dalmatians” as well as the Broadway Series production of “Dr. Dolittle”.

 Media resident Emily Smith, 11, who won the 2013 “Vocalist Junior” competition due to her spot on vocals and vibrant personality, adds her humorous charm to the role of The Scarecrow. Another contest winner, who won 2012’s competition when it was titled “Delco Idol Junior”, plays The Tin Man (Gianni Palmarini, 13, of Aston).

Andrew Moretti, 13, of Glen Mills, takes on the legendary role of The Cowardly Lion. He has been seen in the Youth Series productions of “Willy Wonka, Junior” and “Sleeping Beauty”.

In this specially adapted production of “The Wizard of Oz”, the role of Toto is given life by a young actor. Sebastian Fitzgerald, 5, of Wallingford, will speak his own canine language which includes many “R’s”. He was in the highly successful “Pinkalicious” at the tender age of four, creating his stage resume which continued with “101 Dalmatians”.

Two adult professional performers add their unique personalities to the life of “Oz”. Shiron Denise, who has become a recurring actress in the Youth Series, is going to be humorously intimidating as The Wicked Witch of The West. Jim Conte, seen at Media in “Death on the 16th Fairway” and “Nunsense Jamboree”, becomes the all knowing Oz, the man behind the curtain.

The cast has over 40 young actors and actresses who will portray everything from Flying Monkeys to Munchkins as they sing “Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead” and “Follow The Yellow Brick Road”. Audiences are welcome to come dressed for the occasion and sing along to the classic Munchkin songs.

For tickets to “The Wizard of Oz” at The Media Theatre October 5 through November 17 (weekends only) call 610-891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org. All Youth Series and Broadway Series productions are produced by Media Music Theatre Company, the professional music theatre organization housed at The Media Theatre which was awarded Broadway World’s “Best Theatre Company of Philadelphia” honor in 2012.






Thursday, September 5, 2013

UPDATE: LOCAL PERSONALITIES BECOME THE VOICE OF GOD IN MEDIA THEATRE'S 'SPAMALOT'

UPDATE:
FOX-TV CHANNEL 29'S SUE SERIO JOINS 'SPAMALOT' 
AS THE VOICE OF GOD ON FRIDAY OCTOBER 11 
AND SUNDAY OCTOBER 13!

John Cleese has done it. Bob Costas has done it. Oprah has not—yet, though she may want to. Now local celebrities and personalities are going to do it. And they will henceforth and forevermore be known as The Voice of God. At least in Delaware County, where Monty Python’s “Spamalot” is at The Media Theatre September 25-November 3.

The musical based on the classic film “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” has a section in which The Voice of God is heard, extolling mighty words to The Knights which has a lot to do with their journey.

As George Burns is no longer with us to add his Godly voice to the proceedings, The Media Theatre has connected with several larger-than-life personalities to portray The Voice of God on various dates throughout the musical’s run. Patrons will hear their unique, recognizable and all-powerful voices and be invited to mingle with them during intermission and after the show.


It all begins with Big Daddy Graham of WIP Sportsradio on the show’s opening weekend Friday September 27. On that evening, a reception will follow the performance in the theatre’s Crystal Room in which patrons and fans may mingle with the cast and meet Big Daddy Graham.

Bill Vargus, sportscaster and actor, will be The Voice of God on Wednesday and Thursday night October 2 and 3. His charming wife, Sue Serio of FOX-TV, who knows ALL about the weather, will add her omnipotence on Friday evening October 11 and Sunday matinee October 13.

Jeffry Cadorette of The Rotary Club of Media and Media Real Estate Company will set the Knights on their way Friday and Saturday night October 4 and 5, as well as Sunday afternoon’s  matinee on October 6.

On Wednesday and Thursday October 9 and 10, Liza Minnelli and Joan Rivers will lend their talents. Well, not exactly…They will be there in the form of Las Vegas Showgirl Mr. Gio Michaels, who is the star of the award-winning show “Bro-lesque!” They are just two of the ladies Gio has up his…uhm…sleeve when he performs regularly at Picasso on State Street.

During the Delaware County Police Memorial Fundraiser at “Spamalot” on Saturday night October 12, one of Delco’s finest will handle The Voice. Henry O’ Neill, whose son Sean has been in several productions, is all powerful during the benefit.

Delaware County Daily Times’ Editor Phil Heron, recently heard at The Media Theatre narrating “Death on the 16th Fairway”, returns to get involved with “Spamalot” on Friday and Saturday October 18 and 19.


Perhaps one of the Philadelphia’s most recognizable voices will add her unique verbal skills to the proceedings on Wednesday and Thursday night October 16 and 17 and again the following week October 23 and 24. It’s Grammy Winner Debbi Calton, and who has not heard her voice on WMGK Classic Rock Radio as she tells us things we did not know about everyone from The Beatles to Pat Benatar? This is one Voice of God who will know more about rock and roll than any of us here on Earth.

Not to be outdone, 97.5 gets in on the action when Jon Marks steps into the action on Saturday night October 26. He’ll represent Philadelphia’s first FM Sports Station and hope that the Eagles can find their Holy Grail sometime soon.

The Media Theatre has the first professional regional production of Monty Python’s “Spamalot” September 25-November 3 and more special God Voices will be lined up soon. The musical pokes fun at Las Vegas Glitz, Broadway, pop music, and everything in between while killer rabbits and Fisch Shlapping keep audiences giggling. It’s all about King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table searching for the Holy Grail and meeting up with eccentric characters like The Lady of The Lake, played in Media’s production by Tony nominee Ann Crumb.

For tickets to The Media Theatre’s “Spamalot” call 610-891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org. All Broadway Series productions are produced by The Media Music Theatre Company with Artistic Director Jesse Cline.  It is the winner of Broadway World’s 2012 “Best Theatre Company of Philadelphia” honor.  x

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WHO APPEARETH IN SPAMALOT....PART FIVE....HARRISON POST

Harrison Post is PRINCE HERBERT! 

Harrison returns to Media after a wonderful run in Mame last season. 

He has a B.M. in Music Theatre from NYU and is a member of Actors Equity Association. He's been seen in the off-Broadway show High School Sucks at The York Theatre and Theory of Kiss at Players' Theatre.


His other regional credits include Walnut Street Theatre, Ogunquit, Triarts, Totem Pole, Weathervane Rep, Act II and Montgomery Theater. He was seen in Mame at the Bucks County Playhouse following its successful run here last spring.

Patsy in Spamalot, Oscar in Sweet Charity, and Carmen in The Producers are a few of his favorite roles.

MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT is based on the classic film "Monty Python and The Holy Grail". Come see King Arthur and his unique Knights of the Round Table meet Prince Herbert, The Lady of The Lake and others in this hilarious show at The Media Theatre Sept. 25-Nov. 3. You'll be Fisch Shlapping Happy! mediatheatre.org  610-891-0100


Tuesday, September 3, 2013

WHO APPEARETH IN SPAMALOT....PART FOUR...TIM HANEY

Tim Haney portrays Sir Bedevere, Mrs. Galahad, and Conrad


Tim is very excited to be returning to the main stage in “Spamalot.” 

He has been involved with the Media Theatre since 1997 when he appeared in the world premiere musical “The Molly Maguires.” 

Since then he has performed in many main stage and children series shows including: “Carousel,” “Master Class,” and “Cinderella.” 

He has directed over 25 youth productions and two main stage musicals here. He has been teaching acting classes at the Media Theatre for over a decade and has written over 15 of the Media Theatre’s Youth Series shows. 

Tim loves being the accompanist for the State Street Miracles, which is the theatre’s performance troupe of adults with developmental disabilities.

The Media Theatre's production of Monty Python's SPAMALOT is September 25 to November 3.        Call 610-891-0100 for tickets or visit mediatheatre.org