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THE HISTORY OF WEBBER'S JOSEPH - MEDIA THEATRE'S HOLIDAY MUSICAL

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Thousands of theatergoers have enjoyed Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Joseph and the AmazingTechnicolor Dreamcoat, which is the worldwide hit based on the biblical tale of the Coat of Many Colors story from the Old Testament. The energetic and fun show plays at The Media Theatre November 20 through January 5 starring Emmy nominated actor Kyle Lowder (pictured) of “Days of Our Lives” and “Bold and the Beautiful”. 
Many people know several of the famous songs from the show including “Close Every Door” and “Any Dream Will Do”. Audiences also enjoy the role of the Pharoah, a comic highlight of the production in which an Elvis-style performance is given.
However, within the amount of nostalgia, familiarity and just plain old comfort which audiences have with the musical, there are tidbits of information which most who get a kick out of hearing “Benjamin’s Calypso” are unaware of.
For instance, even though Andrew Lloyd Webber achieved international fame with his take on another Biblically inspi…

WHO IS IN OZ...PART 13....KATIE DAVIS is GLINDA

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Not all witches are old and ugly! That's one of the famous lines from "The Wizard of OZ" which is now onstage at The Media Theatre (weekends until November 17).
Katie Davis, 15, is proof of the truth in the memorable quote. She plays Glinda, The Good Witch in the one hour condensed version of the musical, created specifically for young audiences but enjoyed by all ages due to the legendary score which catapults more mature viewers 'over the rainbow' to the land of Nostalgia.She has enjoyed performing since an early age, first in television and film, appearing in TruTV’s Forensic Files and Discovery ID’s Stalked: Someone’s Watching. She has studied six styles of dance and developed an interest in music theater through her training. 
Katie is enjoying her second year in the theatre's New School, a conservatory style approach to music theatre education created by Jesse Cline, Artistic Director for Media Music Theatre Company (MMTC). The organization produces all B…

STATE STREET MIRACLES AND SUPERNOVAS COMBINE TALENTS TO CELEBRATE SPECIAL OLYMPICS

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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 so…

WHO IS IN 'OZ' ...PART 12...HANNA MURPHY OF SPRINGFIELD

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"The Wizard of OZ" continues at The Media Theatre through November 17, with performances on Saturday mornings at 11am and Sundays at Noon. It's based on the 1939 film and includes all of the wonderful songs audiences know and love such as "Over the Rainbow" and "Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead".

One of the young actresses in the production is Hanna Murphy, of Springfield. She is ten years old and started her studies at The Media Theatre by taking the Children's Acting Classes offered on Saturday mornings. From there, she began to perform in the youth series shows such as "Pinkalicious" and Disney's "101 Dalmatians". She is now a student of The New School, a conservatory-style music theatre education program created by Jesse Cline, Artistic Director for the theatre. 


Last summer, Hanna competed in "The Vocalist Junior" contest. Aside from singing, she also loves to play the piano and has had four years of lessons. She pl…

WHO IS IN 'OZ' ....PART ELEVEN...VICKY HEPPARD is THE MAYOR

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It's impossible to meet the Munchkins in "The Wizard of OZ" without a Mayor. The Mayor of Munchkin Land is the focal point of the entire 10 minute song stew of the stage version in which we learn who the Munchkins are, why the Wicked Witch wants the ruby red slippers and where to go to find the great Wizard. Without the Mayor, the Munchkins would seem a disorganized bunch, indeed.
In The Media Theatre's one-act, one-hour long regional premiere of a condensed version of "The Wizard of OZ" Vicky Heppard portrays The Mayor. The show includes all of the wonderful songs millions of human Ozians know and love such as "Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead" and "Over The Rainbow". It's based on MGM's iconic 1939 film and plays Saturday mornings at 11am plus Sunday mornings at Noon through November 17. (One weekday matinee at 9:45am remains on October 25).

Vicky Heppard was seen previously on The Media Theatre stage as the title role in "Pinkal…

SPAMALOT GOES FORTH AT MEDIA THEATRE THRU NOVEMBER 3

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The laughter continues at The Media Theatre through November 3 with Monty Python's "Spamalot" musical. The regional premiere boasts tons of laughs, energetic dancing, and professional actors from New York City and Philadelphia.Picture: Jay Poff and Harrison PostScott Langdon, previously seen on Media's stage in last spring's "Mame" portrays King Arthur, who leads his eccentric Knights of the Round Table on a quest to find the Holy Grail. 
Broadway's Tony nominated actress Ann Crumb is The Lady of the Lake, who lets the entire world know how she feels during "Diva's Lament".
Others in the cast include Tim Haney, Will Harrell, Patrick Ludt, Jay Poff, and Harrison Post as the flamboyant Prince Herbert.
The show is based on the classic film "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" and is an irreverent look at the Arthurian legend, Broadway musicals, and Las Vegas--among other things.
For tickets to laugh-a-lot with "Spamalot", cal…

THE MEDIA THEATRE HAS NEW MUSIC DIRECTOR WITH 'JOSEPH' MUSICAL

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The Media Music Theatre Company, the professional music theatre organization housed at The Media Theatre, has a new man in charge of its orchestra for the upcoming musical “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”. Scott Anthony, who began his piano studies at the tender age of four, will become the theatre’s Music Director. The Villanova resident, who is very familiar with the Philadelphia region having lived previously in Center City, joined the American Boy Choir when he was ten years old. Being a member of the prestigious Chorale allowed him to tour the US and Canada. He continued piano and organ lessons through high school and was later accepted to Peabody Conservatory of John Hopkins University in Baltimore.  While at Peabody, he studied organ with Donald Sutherland although to better showcase his technical facility he began to focus purely on piano.
In 2006, he received his BM in Piano Performance from Catholic University, studying with Emmy-winning artist Marilyn Neeley. H…

WHO IS IN 'OZ'...PART TEN...ANDREW MORETTI is THE LION

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A 7th grade student at Springton Lake Middle School, Andrew Moretti is no stranger to the Media Theatre stage. A few years back, he had his debut there in "Willy Wonka, Jr" and was also seen in "Sleeping Beauty" and other youth series productions.

Now, he returns to the award-winning music theatre company in one of the most legendary roles of all time. He is only 13 years old, but gets to portray the fun role of The Cowardly Lion in the classic "The Wizard of OZ".

This special one hour version of the iconic musical which was made famous by Judy Garland and others is having its regional debut at The Media Theatre now through November 17. The show, featuring all of the familiar songs such as "If I Were King of The Forest" and "Over The Rainbow", has performances on Saturdays at 11am as well as Sundays at Noon.

Andrew Moretti says "I am happiest when I am on the stage and having a good time!" The Cowardly Lion allows him to do just…

THE MEDIA THEATRE ANNOUNCES 'JOSEPH' CAST

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The Media Music Theatre Company and Jesse Cline, Artistic Director, have an amazing high-energy cast lined up for the region's holiday treat "Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat". The professional music theatre organization (MMTC) is the producing arm of the Broadway Series at The Media Theatre.

Cline and his team celebrate the performing arts venue's 20th Anniversary Season with Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical November 20, 2013 through January 5, 2014.

"During the holiday season, it is our goal to provide quality entertainment which enlightens and inspires," Cline said. "Family friendly musicals have been the highlight of our season during this time of year for the past two decades. This year, we reunite audiences with a new interpretation of Webber's biblically-based musical while keeping the show's integrity intact."

Emmy nominated daytime television star Kyle Lowder will add his vocal prowess and charisma in the lead role of Jo…

WHO IS IN 'OZ'....PART NINE...JOSH ATKINSON is NIKKO!

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From Cub Scouts to Monkeys. At least in the case of young actor Josh Atkinson, who is a 9 year old student at Sabold Elementary School in the Springfield School District. The fourth grader was introduced to acting at a scouts meeting when he was invited to join a local theatre group. 
Now, he is Nikko, the main flying monkey in The Media Theatre's production of "The Wizard of OZ". The hour long musical based on the classic film is Saturdays at 11am and Sundays at Noon now through November 17.
Josh realized he enjoyed performing and was in St. Francis Players' production of "Seussical, The Musical". From there, he joined a production of Disney's "101 Dalmatians" with Catholic Community Choir. 
He started out at The Media Theatre in the 2013 summer camp during which he was honored with the Outstanding Achievement in Acting Award. From Camp Media Theatre, he moved on to being a part of the professional music theatre company's New School, which m…

WHO IS IN 'OZ'...PART EIGHT...AMBER DUNCAN is AUNT EM

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A production of the classic musical "The Wizard of OZ" must have an Auntie Em that audiences care for and find a bit amusing. The iconic role is a bit headstrong and is certainly not afraid to stand up against the rude Miss Gulch when Toto is in danger.
The Media Theatre found just that person in Amber Duncan, 14, of Wallingford. In the youth version of the show based on the legendary 1939 cinematic treasure, Duncan portrays Auntie Em with all of the bravura a teenager is able to muster.Amber has been involved with the theatre as both student of the New School (4 years) and performer since 2008. Since the age of 9, she has been seen in more than 22 shows in the Youth Series, Teen Camp and played the role of Louisa in the theatre’s Broadway series production of The Sound of Music. Highlights of Amber’s performances at the theatre include playing Mother Wolf in Jungle Book, the Magic Mirror in Snow White, JIP in Dr. Dolittle, Annas in Jesus Christ Superstar, and as one of the O…

AWARD WINNING BAND DIRECTOR JIM CONTE STANDS BEHIND THE CURTAIN IN MEDIA'S 'OZ'

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The Media Theatre's one-act production based on the iconic musical "The Wizard of OZ" features all of the legendary songs from the 1939 film beloved by millions of viewers, both young and old. The cast is mostly made up of young aspiring actors, all students from The Media Theatre's New School and its acting classes. From ages 5 to 15, the youth performers follow The Yellow Brick Road.
But they are not alone in their journey on stage. The young actors are joined by two adult actors in the musical.
One of those 'more mature' actors is a lifelong resident of Delaware County, Mr. Jim Conte. He was seen this past summer on Media Theatre's stage in the comic musical "Nunsense Jamboree" and in the world premiere play "Death on the 16th Fairway". Now, he adds his charm to "The Wizard of OZ" as the title character-the man behind the curtain-and Professor Marvel.

Jim graduated from Penncrest High School, and fondly remembers going to th…