Friday, November 29, 2013

MEDIA THEATRE RECEIVES 33 BROADWAY WORLD 'BEST OF 2013' PHILLY THEATRE NOMINATIONS

After winning several Broadway World Awards in 2012, including Best Theatre Company, The Media Theatre received a total of 33 nominations for "Best of Philadelphia Theatre 2013", including BEST THEATRE COMPANY. 

Delaware County's only professional music theatre had one of its most critically acclaimed eras during the past few months (the eligibility period is from October 2012 through September 2013).
The Media Theatre's Entrance under its bright historic marquee

The Media Theatre's 2013 nominations include 12 for "Mame", its co-production with Bucks County Playhouse. Its recent "Spamalot" received a total of 10 nominations, while "Dr. Dolittle" is on the docket with 3 and "Forever Plaid" has a chance at taking 2 honors.
J. D. Triolo and Andrea McArdle in The Media Theatre's MAME, which received 12 nominations (co-production with Bucks County Playhouse)
Three of The Media Theatre's Special Events were nominated in that category: "In The Men's Room with Ann Crumb", "Justin Guarini In Concert: Annual Gala", and the phenomenally successful "Pinkalicious, The Musical". Another special event, "Death on The 16th Fairway", received a nod for Best Costumes.

Tony nominated actress Ann Crumb has two nominations under her belt: Supporting Actress in A Musical for "Spamalot" and Special Event for "In The Men's Room" in which she performed songs made famous by legendary actors and spoke of her experiences working with recognizable directors and actors.

The voting is open to the theatre community locally, nationally, and internationally as well as to the general public. To vote, visit broadwayworld.com/philadelphia

Nominations have been announced worldwide by the esteemed online theatrical media outlet, which gives an up-to-date daily journal of the latest theatrical productions, happenings, and events from Broadway to London's West End. 

The nominations for The Media Theatre are listed below.

Best Theatre Company, Philadelphia: The Media Theatre

Best Actor in A Musical: Scott Langdon, "Spamalot"; Sean Thompson, "Dr Dolittle"

Best Actress in A Musical: Andrea McArdle, "Mame"; Lauren Cupples, "Dr Dolittle"

Supporting Actor in A Musical: Kelly Briggs, "Mame"; Andy Joos, "Mame"; J. D. Triolo, "Mame"; Tim Haney, "Spamalot"; Will Harrell, "Spamalot"; David Jack, "Spamalot"; Jay Poff, "Spamalot"; Harrison Post, "Spamalot".

Supporting Actress in A Musical: Jennifer Bissell, "Mame"; Ann Crumb, "Spamalot"; Lea DeLaria, "Mame".

Best Director of A Musical: Jesse Cline, "Mame"

Best Musical: "Mame" 

Best Costume Design: Nikki Moody, "Mame"; K. Whitney Rogers, "Death On The 16th Fairway".

Best Choreography: Dann Dunn has four separate nominations. They are for his work on "Dr. Dolittle", "Forever Plaid", and "Mame" as well as being The Media Theatre's Choreographer in a separate nomination.

Best Ensemble of A Musical: "Forever Plaid" and "Mame".

Best Set Design: "Spamalot"

Best Sound Design: Carl Park, "Spamalot"

Best Lighting: Troy Martin O' Shia, "Spamalot"

Best Music Direction: Tom Fosnocht, "Mame"

Best Special Event: "In The Men's Room with Ann Crumb"; "Justin Guarini In Concert"; and "Pinkalicious, The Musical"

Voting is open now through the end of December.

Visit broadwayworld.com/philadelphia to show your support of what The New York Daily News says is 'the cultural anchor of Delaware County'.
Kyle Lowder as JOSEPH in the current Media Theatre production


The Media Theatre's current production of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" starring Emmy nominee Kyle Lowder runs through January 5. Lowder received recognition on daytime television's "The Bold and The Beautiful" and "Days of Our Lives" and is now focusing on a stage career. Call 610-891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org for tickets.

*Note: Lauren Cupples was also nominated in the Supporting Actress category for "Dr Dolittle". Lea DeLaria was also nominated in the Actress category for "Mame". If those are tabulated, Media Theatre has 34 noms. However, the proper categories for Cupples and DeLaria are listed above.*







Sunday, November 24, 2013

PHOTOS FROM MEDIA THEATRE'S 'JOSEPH' MUSICAL STARRING KYLE LOWDER

Media Music Theatre Company has Emmy nominee Kyle Lowder playing the title role in "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" now through January 5. 

Lowder was seen for over a decade in major roles on daytime television's "Days of Our Lives" and "Bold and the Beautiful". He is now focusing on a stage career, following his successful run as Stacee Jaxx in the Las Vegas company of "Rock of Ages".


Here's a sneak peak of Lowder as Joseph in director Jesse Cline's production! For tickets, call 610-891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org




Saturday, November 23, 2013

LAUREN CUPPLES IS THE NARRATOR IN MEDIA THEATRE'S 'JOSEPH'

Lauren Cupples is no stranger to Media Theatre audiences. She has entertained hundreds---actually thousands as of this writing---of patrons with her performances in "The Sound of Music", "Dr. Dolittle", "Annie", and as the winning vocalist during the first year of "Delco Idol" almost a decade ago.
Lauren Cupples, right, as The Narrator to Kyle Lowder's JOSEPH at Media Theatre
Now, Cupples allows her silky voice to be heard throughout "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" in the role of The Narrator. Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical, which began its life in the late 1960's as an all-male cantata, utilizes The Narrator to guide audiences through the story of Joseph and his brothers from the book of Genesis.

Cupples is originally from Glenolden in Delaware County, but resides now (after a short stint in NYC) in Oxford. The Chester County resident studied philosophy at DeSalles University, but found herself longing to be a 'great communicator' on the stage. After her "Delco Idol" winning summer, she began to capitalize on her vocal and acting ability.

The Actors Equity Association member has performed in regional theatres from Arkansas to Florida as well as in the productions at The Media Theatre. At Media, she has been seen by over 35,000 patrons who attend the shows Media Music Theatre Company builds from the 'ground up'--meaning each production is designed specifically for The Media Theatre stage under the Artistic Direction of Jesse Cline. 

The Media Music Theatre Company celebrates 20 years of professional music theatre at Media Theatre during its current season. What better time to see one of its premier performers, Lauren Cupples, as she sings about Joseph and his brothers? 

Joseph is played by "The Bold and the Beautiful" star Kyle Lowder.

For tickets to "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat", which is suitable for all ages, visit mediatheatre.org or call 610-891-0100. It's playing through January 5.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

DIARY OF ANNE FRANK AUDITIONS AT MEDIA THEATRE DEC. 3

The Media Theatre, located at 104 East State St in Media, is holding an Equity Principle Audition for its production of “The Diary of Anne Frank”, by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett; adapted by Wendy Kesselman. Non-union performers will be seen as time permits.

Auditions will be held on Tuesday,  Dec.3  from 4pm to 8pm at The Media Theatre. The production is directed by Jesse Cline, Artistic Director.

“Diary of Anne Frank” is the Tony winning play (an updated adaptation from 1997) in which The Frank Family hides from the Nazis in war-torn Amsterdam. In a warehouse attic for two years, they are joined by four other people while Anne Frank records the account in her diary, bringing to vivid life the trials and tribulations of trying to lead a normal life in a cramped environment while under constant threat of being discovered. Ultimately inspiring due to its fact-based message of hope amidst fear, this is one of the most beloved plays of all-time. 

Seeking the following roles: Otto Frank, 40-50 years old who is Anne’s polite and practical father; Edith Frank: 40 to 50, she Anne’s reserved and nervous mother.
Also seeking Margot Frank, who should appear to be 15 to 17 and is Anne’s older sister. She is quiet, modest, and reserved: the complete opposite of Anne.

Anne Frank should appear to be 13 to 15 years old. Anne is a lively, curious girl who remains optimistic throughout the months they are in hiding. She is very introspective and creative and has a vivid imagination. 

Other roles in the show include Putti Van Daan: 40-50 An irritable, selfish, overly critical former business partner of Mr. Frank; Petronella Van Daan: 40-50 Putti’s vain and finicky wife, she prizes the material things of life, that  make her the center of much of the conflict in the attic.

Peter Van Daan should appear to be 14  to 16. Peter is a shy, quiet teenager. He soon becomes a friend and confidant for Anne.

Rounding out the cast are Jan Dussell: 40-60, Difficult to get along with, he joins the Franks and the Van Daans after they have been in hiding about two months; Miep: 20-30, very well-liked, generous secretary in Mr. Frank’s office, she helps to protect the families in hiding; and Mr. Kraler: 25-40, A businessman who works with Miep to help protect the people in hiding.

Please prepare a monologue of up to 2 minutes in length. Rehearsals begin January 13 and show opens January 25. It closes in Media on February 16. Subject to agreement, the show then will move to Scranton, PA to the Scranton Cultural Arts Center for an additional 2 week run closing March 2. The Media Theatre operates under an LOA referenced to LORT.

No phone calls please. Contact Roger Ricker at rer764@gmail.com for audition information.



Thursday, November 14, 2013

PRIVATE PIANO LESSONS AVAILABLE WITH MEDIA THEATRE'S NEW MUSIC DIRECTOR

Scott Anthony, the new music director for Media Music Theatre Company, will be giving private piano lessons beginning in December. The lessons will be held at The Media Theatre (104 East State Street in Media). MMTC is the producing professional music theatre organization which is housed at the location, bringing such productions as “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”.

The piano lessons will adapt to each student’s capabilities, from beginner to those who wish to continue sharpening their skills. Mornings and late afternoons are available. The schedule will be determined by each student and Scott Anthony, who started his own lessons at the tender age of four.

In 2006, he received his BM in Piano Performance from Catholic University, studying with Emmy-winning artist Marilyn Neeley. He has also worked under the tutelage of Bruce Murray at the Brevard Music Festival and recently studied with Harvey Weeden closer to home at Temple University, where he received his Masters in Piano Performance. Esteemed artists such as John O’ Conor, Julian Martin and Ivo Kaltchev are a few names Anthony has had the pleasure of working with. He has also been coached in the art of harpsichord with Joyce Lindorff at Temple.

Scott Anthony is no stranger to MMTC, having been a part of its orchestra pits during the run of “Wings” as second keyboard and also enjoying the same position with its current production of the hit “Spamalot”. He moves into the position of Music Director for “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”, which plays Nov. 20-Jan. 5. He is now the orchestra pit’s guiding hand, in the hiring of musicians, conducting, and adding his dynamic to each production.


For information on piano lessons with Scott Anthony, or to schedule lessons, call  610-891-0100 or email sfanthony@gmail.com  

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

IMPROV CLASS AT MEDIA THEATRE WITH SECOND CITY TRAINING CENTER ALUM

The Media Theatre continues its new Improv Class for Teens and Adults, instructed by Robert Huntington of Chicago’s famous Second City Training Center, where he sharpened his skills in sketch comedy. The class will meet Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8pm. It begins its Spring Session on (no fooling) APRIL 1, 2014. There are 8 weeks of instruction and fun. 

A graduate of Second City’s conservatory program, he also sharpened his skills at Improv Olympic and The Victory Gardens Theatre in Chicago. As an actor, Huntington has appeared in productions of The Music Man, I’ll Be Home For Christmas, Uncle Phil’s Diner, and Seasons of Life. His film credits include Invincible, one of the Philly region’s finest cinematic efforts.

The Improv Class for Teens and Adults will be specifically designed so that each participant is able to work on their own level. It will be a fun, sometimes humorous way to encourage self-confidence and self-awareness for actors and to solidify the Sanford Meisner Technique which is the basis for all classes at The Media Theatre. Meisner was a legendary acting instructor who said “Acting is living as truthfully as one can under an imaginary circumstance.”

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



Tuesday, November 12, 2013

VIDEO PREVIEW OF 'A CHRISTMAS CAROL' WITH SCOTT LANGDON AT MEDIA THEATRE

The Media Theatre presents a special and extraordinary performance of Charles Dickens' A CHRISTMAS CAROL on weekends starting Nov. 24 and continuing through Dec. 22. There are two convenient times to choose from: 11am Saturdays and evening performances on Sundays at 7pm.

What makes this production so unique is that one man--professional actor Scott Langdon, who was seen at The Media Theatre as King Arthur in the recent critically acclaimed production of Monty Python's Spamalot--brings all of the roles to life as he tells the story during this special time of year.

As you can see from the video, Langdon will enthrall as he communicates the beloved message of this legendary story from one of the greatest authors of all time.

Watch the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqb66s6GdfA&feature=youtu.be

Bring the family! Call 610-891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org 

Sunday, November 10, 2013

SCOTT LANGDON PLAYS ALL ROLES IN MEDIA'S 'CHRISTMAS CAROL'

Philadelphia actor Scott Langdon, who recently received rave reviews as King Arthur in The Media Theatre’s production of Spamalot, will perform his all of the roles in the original Charles Dickens masterpiece,                  “A Christmas Carol” every weekend November 24 – December 22, 2013, at The Media Theatre.

Langdon was also seen recently on The Media Theatre stage in several roles in Artistic Director Jesse Cline’s critically acclaimed production of “Mame” which was also produced at The Bucks County Playhouse.

This unique production uses minimal set pieces, relying instead on Dickens' text and Langdon's ability to portray every character in the story. The actor brought the production to Princeton, NJ in 2009 and the huge East Brunswick Performing Arts Center in 2011, to great acclaim.

Langdon will utilize his acting prowess to portray Scrooge, Fezziwig, Tiny Tim, the Three Ghosts and every other yuletide Dickensian character in an adaptation taken directly from Charles Dickens’ own version of his famous story.

Dickens, famous as an author, was equally popular with audiences as a reader of his works on the stage.  From 1867-68, Dickens brought his enormously successful reading tour to America.  His favorite work to read- and far and away the one most adored by fans- was his “A Christmas Carol.”  It was from this reading tour that Langdon took inspiration for his interpretation of the story.
“Everyone from Jim Carrey and Patrick Stewart to The Muppets has had a go at delivering this timeless tale, yet it continues to be relevant today.  It gets to the heart and soul of the holidays with a message that is universal,” says Langdon. “It has been a dream of mine for years to bring this to the stage this unique adaptation which will bring the story to life in a whole new way.”

Langdon will perform his version of “A Christmas Carol” Saturdays at 11:00am and Sundays at 7:00pm from November 24-December 22.   Tickets are a very family friendly $15 per person.  All Family, Youth, and Broadway Series shows at The Media Theatre are produced by Media Music Theatre Company.

The Media Theatre is located at 104 State St. in Media. Call (610) 891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org

Monday, November 4, 2013

MEMBER OF 'JOSEPH' YOUTH ENSEMBLE WRITES SCHOOL ESSAY ABOUT MEDIA THEATRE

When Garnet Valley Elementary School asked its fifth grade students to write an essay about 'Their Favorite Place', a young singer/ actress described her choice: The Media Theatre! If any one reading this forgets what it's like to be a child and have an outlet that you love, you certainly will not forget after reading the entire essay. 


The following is titled "Media Happiness" written by 10 year old Katheryn Cooper who is currently a member of the youth ensemble for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Nov. 20-Jan. 5) and is in the cast of The Wizard of OZ (ends Nov. 17), both productions at the theatre she adores. All of the statements, spelling, and punctuation are hers-exactly as she turned in to her teacher*:

"Well, here I go. It's off to the Media Theatre again. It is a wonderful place in Media. It used to be a movie theater, but they took out the screen and made it a musical theatre place. The Theatre always has friendships developing, lots of activities, and great variety in shows.

One thing I love about the Media Theatre is that there are always friendships forming and developing. My friend Katie and I met in doing The Adventures of the Three Little Pigs. Now we're like sisters. Michael and I met in New School last year and now we're great friends. My friend Hanna is everything a girl could wish for. I can always turn to her for advice, self-assurement, or just a friendly conversation. Now you know about all the friendships, I can tell you about the activities. 

I also like all the activities throughout the year. If you want to learn more about acting and how to act, just sign up for one of the acting classes. You can also have your birthday at the Theatre. Just, pick a show, pick a date, and voila! Happy Birthday! The Media Theatre also has the New School, a higher acting class for kids, taught by Mr. Jesse Cline. And let's not forget the shows themselves! They are great fun to do, and the rehearsals are wonderful! Now you know about all the fun activities and I'll let you in on all the wonderful shows.

Of course, the variety in shows is nothing to sneeze at! The Media Theatre just finished doing Spamalot, and getting ready for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. In the Children's Series, we are doing the Wizard of Oz, and then A Christmas Carol. The next Broadway Series show is The Diary of Anne Frank, and the next children's show is (for all you lucky Magic Tree House fans,) Magic Tree House: Dinosaurs Before Dark.

So you can see, The Media Theatre is a place with friendships, lots of activities, and good variety in shows. Now that you've heard about it, would you want to go to that friendly place on State Street, Media?"

Author: Katheryn Tracey Cooper

*Statement regarding Spamalot updated, as the show has finished its run.
For information regarding productions and classes at The Media Theatre, call 610-891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org.


Sunday, November 3, 2013

WHO IS IN OZ....PART 14...KATHERYN COOPER

The Land of OZ is filled with a talented troupe of young performers who bring life to the classic story. The one hour version of "The Wizard of OZ" is based on the legendary MGM musical film and has all of the wonderful songs audiences are familiar with.

Katheryn Cooper is one of the talented performers. She and her family moved to the Philadelphia region in February of 2012 from Arkansas. Finding a home in Delaware County, the young singer/ actress discovered The Media Theatre, a professional music theatre, was nearby.

She started her time with the theatre in the summer of that year, becoming a contestant in "Delco Idol Jr" and checking out Camp Media Theatre. She was an actress in the youth productions of "Adventures of the Three Little Pigs", and "Alice In Wonderland" as well as Artistic Director Jesse Cline's Broadway Series production of "Dr Dolittle".

In summer 2013, she was a vocal contestant in the revamped and re-titled summer singing contest "The Vocalist Junior".

Katheryn Cooper portrays the Coroner Munchkin in "Wizard of OZ" and is also an Ozian, singing the song "Merry Old Land of OZ". She loves to perform and also plays piano and trumpet. She writes stories in her 'spare' time and attends fifth grade at Garnet Valley Elementary School where she is in the student council, band, choir, and Reading Olympics. Think she's busy? She's also a student in The New School at The Media Theatre.

All Youth Series and Broadway Series productions at The Media Theatre are produced by Media Music Theatre Company, the non-profit professional music theatre organization housed at The Media Theatre. 

To see "The Wizard of OZ" which is Saturdays at 11am and Sundays at Noon now through November 17 call 610-891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org.