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

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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…

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

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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 w…

WE WIN 'BEST OF DELCO' FROM DAILY TIMES

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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 o…

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

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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 weekend…

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

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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 …

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

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In The Media Theatre’s Youth Series production of TheWizard 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 Battl…

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

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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.

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 car…

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

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"Diva's Lament" will be performed by Tony nominated actress Ann Crumbwhen 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 includ…

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

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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…

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

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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 act…

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

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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&#…

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

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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,…

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

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"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 he…

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

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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 Man, Evita, 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 …

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

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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 …

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

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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 Directo…

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

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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 du…

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

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HarrisonPost 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

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

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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