Friday, December 27, 2013

2014 BRINGS CLASSIC TITLES TO THE MEDIA THEATRE

It's time to say goodbye to the past calendar year and hello to 2014! Theatre seasons, of course, extend from September to May. With that in mind, here's a quick glance of the second half of Media Music Theatre Company's current 20th anniversary season as we head into 2014.


Classic titles take the forefront, with one of the most beloved plays of all time starting off in January. "The Diary of Anne Frank" plays January 29 to February 16. The show, based on the actual writings of a young Anne Frank during her time with her family in hiding from the Nazis in Amsterdam, is directed by MMTC's Artistic Director Jesse Cline. It features Anastasia Korbal in the title role. Korbal is a 14 year old member of Actors Equity Association with quite a resume--she's already appeared in several National Tours including "Les Miserables" and "Annie" at Madison Square Garden. The entire show has a cast of professional actors and is a part of MMTC's Broadway Series.


The youth series production in February is a classic tale of a different kind. In "Rumplestiltskin", Jim Conte plays the familiar role. This time, he's a humorously mean wizard out to trick an entire bankrupt village with his scheme of turning straw into gold. The cast is a mix of adult actors with New School students. It's a fun, quickly paced musical for ages 4 and up with weekend performances in February.

The next Broadway Series musical follows with "Why Do Fools Fall In Love?" playing February 26 to March 30. It's a new show, but in the 'classic' category due to its score: each song is a famous 1960's radio tune. As four ladies at a bachelorette party discuss their love lives and enjoy some wine they break into song throughout the upbeat production. Songs include "I Will Follow Him", "Hey There Lonely Boy" and "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me". 

An iconic children's series book comes to life onstage in March, April, and May with weekend performances. The first area production of "Magic Tree House: Dinosaurs Before Dark" is the popular story of Jack and Annie, two siblings who are taken back in time to meet Triceratops, Anatosauras, T-Rex and other ancient creatures. The musical is based on the first of Mary Pope Osborne's popular book series. 

Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Sunset Boulevard", based on the classic film about the silent movie star who believes her comeback is on the horizon, is April 19 to May 17. It is the final Broadway Series title of MMTC's current season and the first professional production of the Tony winning musical in the Philadelphia region. Time magazine says it is "Lloyd Webber's most artfully constructed score". 


To take us into the summer months, one of the most popular classics will delight children of all ages. Disney's "Cinderella" is on stage in June, July, and August. Based on the legendary animated film, the score features "A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes", plenty of cute mice, funny stepsisters, and the young lady who meets her Prince.

For tickets and information on each of these wonderful classics, call 610-891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org. Have a great 2014! 

Thursday, December 19, 2013

PHARAOH ARRIVES ON A HARLEY IN MEDIA'S 'JOSEPH'

In "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat", now at The Media Theatre through January 5, the Pharaoh arrives in style...on a Harley!
Colin McAdoo as The Pharaoh in Media's JOSEPH musical
Hannum's Harley-Davidson of Media and Chadds Ford donated the motorcycle for director Jesse Cline's production. The musical, Andrew Lloyd Webber's pop-rock take on the story of Joseph and his brothers from the book of Genesis, features Colin McAdoo as the Pharaoh.

McAdoo was seen previously at The Media Theatre in "Buddy Holly Story" and "The Who's Tommy". He has performed regionally around the USA and was seen off-Broadway in NYTW's production of "Soul Doctor". He is also a musician and composer of new works.

"Joseph", completely sung-through, highlights the Pharaoh as an Elvis-style hipster who takes Joseph (Kyle Lowder) in as his second in command. McAdoo lends his entertaining presence to "The Song of The King" after arriving onstage via the 1960's era classic Harley.


For tickets to see "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" which is appropriate for all ages, call 610-891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org. The show is appropriate for all ages with its inspiring message of hope and forgiveness.


To find out more about Hannum's Harley-Davidson, call 610-566-5562. Perhaps you, too, can ride like a King!

Monday, December 16, 2013

MEDIA THEATRE ANNOUNCES CAST FOR 'DIARY OF ANNE FRANK'

The Media Theatre is producing the 1997 adaptation of the legendary play “The Diary of Anne Frank” January 29 to February 16, 2014. Wendy Kesselman adapted the play when it was revived on Broadway, based on the original text by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett. The revival was nominated for several Tony awards.

The fact-based show is based on the writings of Anne Frank composed in her journal during the two years her family was hidden from the Nazis in war-torn Amsterdam. 
In the Kesselman adaptation newly discovered writings from Anne’s diary are interwoven, as well as survivor accounts.
Anastasia Korbal, who portrays the title role in The Media Theatre's "Diary of Anne Frank" 
Jesse Cline directs The Media Theatre’s production which features a cast of Actors Equity Association members. Anastasia Korbal, of New Jersey, will portray Anne Frank. The 14 year old actress has appeared in three National Tours, including “Les Miserables”, “Little House On The Prairie”, and “Annie”. Her credits also include “Oklahoma!”, “The Miracle Worker”, “The Secret Garden”, and “Gypsy”.

Dana Gitlin will take on the role of Margot, Anne’s sister. Gitlin has been seen in National Tours of “Hair” and “Virtually Me!”. She is and NYU graduate who also attended Carnegie Mellon.

Mr. and Mrs. Frank will be played by Paul Dake and Margaret DeAngelis. The roles of Mr. and Mrs. Van Daan will be brought to life by Scott Langdon and Anne Connors, who appeared together in Cline’s production of “Mame” recently.

Sarah Lynn Dewey will be Miep, the secretary who helps to hide the Frank family. Terrence Gleeson will be Mr. Kraler, with P. Brendan Mulvey as Dussell.

The vital role of teen Peter Van Daan, who shares a first kiss with Anne Frank, will be double cast. Owen Mannion, who has been studying at The Media Theatre for five years, has his first professional performance in the role. He shares the role with Austy Hicks, who is currently wowing audiences as youngest brother Benjamin in Cline’s “Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”. 

Cline says, “Both of the young men playing Peter define the best of what we do here. We cultivate young talent with proper training and allow them the opportunity to work with professionals who treat them as equals. Both have bright futures ahead of them.”

He looks forward to the production. "The cast, all of them, are top notch and perfect for the roles," he said. "It's an important show with relevant themes."

For more information, or to purchase tickets for “The Diary of Anne Frank”, call 610-891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org. Group rates are available. 

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

MORE PHOTOS FROM 'JOSEPH' MUSICAL

If you have not seen Media Music Theatre Company's "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" which plays through January 5, here are four sneak peaks.


Emmy nominated actor Kyle Lowder shares the stage throughout "Joseph" with members of the youth ensemble.
From left: Michael Wells, Marie Sminkey, Josh Atkinson, Sean O' Neill, Veronica Garrubbo, Ben Bricklin, Carter Weiss, Katie Davis, Katheryn Cooper, Kyle Lowder, Elaina Fitzgerald, Tim Woodward, Rachel McVey, Madelyn Gibbs, Corey Katona, Lily Sfida, Jolie Jaffe, Shelby Narkin, and Justin Fitzgerald.

The Narrator (Lauren Cupples) shares a high note with Joseph (Kyle Lowder).
Colin McAdoo, as Pharoah, does his Elvis strut 
Brendan P. Mulvey, as Jacob, is surrounded by his sons during "Those Canaan Days". Brothers pictured left to right are: Will Connell, Austy Hicks, Corey John Hafner, Jay Poff, Terrance Hart, JP Dunphy, and Aaron Atkinson.

Andrew Lloyd Webber's classic musical "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" entertains audiences through January 5 at The Media Theatre. The production, directed by Jesse Cline, features Emmy nominated Kyle Lowder in the title role. Lowder was seen for over a decade in principle roles in television's "Days of Our Lives" and "Bold and The Beautiful".

Delaware County's own Lauren Cupples sings throughout the show as The Narrator, leading the audience through the story of Joseph and his jealous brothers taken from the book of Genesis. Webber's take on the Old Testament tale is appropriate for all ages and has universal themes of forgiveness and love.

The show is entirely sung through, with no spoken dialogue. The 90 minute production is a tapestry of various musical genres including pop, country, calypso, and rock. 

For tickets, visit mediatheatre.org or visit mediatheatre.org. During holiday weeks there are several more weekday afternoon matinees than is the norm for Media Music Theatre Company. All evening performances of "Joseph" begin at 7pm. Call 610-891-0100 for information. 

Thursday, December 5, 2013

MEDIA THEATRE ACCEPTING REGISTRATIONS FOR 2014 ACTING CLASSES

Those wishing to pursue a career in acting or singing may choose from a variety of courses at The Media Theatre beginning the weekend of January 11, 2014. The Winter Session of classes offers acting lessons weekly for children through adults as well as a new Improvisation Class with an instructor from Second City Training Center. 

All Media Theatre classes follow the Sanford Meisner Technique, which is based on the premise that, as the legendary acting coach stated, “Acting is living as truthfully as one can under an imaginary circumstance.”
Siblings Beada and Dan Briglia, both Media Theatre New School students, who have achieved national success in 2013. Beada is currently seen in the Tony nominated "A Christmas Story" at Madison Square Garden, while Dan is in his first national tour titled "Radio City Christmas Spectacular". In this photo they perform a song from The Media Theatre's "Velveteen Rabbit Christmas" 2012 production. 
There are two levels of instruction for children, both one hour weekly. Level One Acting takes place Saturdays at 9am for ages 5 to 9, or for those who are just starting out with an interest in theatre. The 10-week course is structured to include exercises which assist basic speaking and stage skills, learning stage directions, and developing an ability to work with others while gaining self-confidence and self-awareness.

Level Two Acting, which is also a 10-week course, takes place Tuesdays at 4:30pm. Primarily for those ages 8-11, or for those with some stage experience, the class focuses on scene work which is created by the students and strengthened by the instructor. Focus and discipline are a large part of the class.

Teens have their Acting Class on Sundays at 6pm. The 8-week 90 minute sessions focus on monologues previously written as well as composed by the students, plus scene work. As the class progresses the monologues are strengthened through study and performance, and the scene work is enhanced. All is done within a group setting, allowing the students to have one-on-one instruction as well as to learn by watching others.

The Adult Acting Class is a 90 minute 8-week course as well, Sundays at 7:30pm. For ages 18 and up, it’s for those who wish to explore something new or wish to solidify their stage skills. Scene study with partners is the focus, as are monologues. The class is instrumental in developing renewed self-esteem and a stronger ability to deal with business associates. It is also a great class for those who have careers which deal with public speaking or who deal with the public on a day-to-day basis. No experience is necessary. 
Robert Huntington, of Chicago's famed Second City Training Center, will instruct the new Improv Class starting Tuesdays January 14.
The new Improv Class will be instructed by Robert Huntington, an alumni of Chicago’s famed Second City Training Center. It meets Tuesdays at 6:30pm for 8 weeks. The 90 minute course will be fun and instrumental in building a quick rapport with other actors. For teens and adults, the class will be specifically designed to each participant’s level of experience. Robert Huntington will bring his expertise from Second City’s conservatory program and from working with Improv Olympic and the Victory Gardens in Chicago.

Roger Ricker, a veteran of over 85 productions at The Media Theatre and show director for “The Wizard of OZ” and “Pinkalicious”, will instruct the Children’s and Teen Classes. Tim Haney, seen recently in “Spamalot”, leads the Adult Class.


All classes at The Media Theatre are under the supervision of Artistic Director Jesse Cline, who adds his own expertise to The New School, a conservatory-style music theatre education program for youth. Cline is nominated for Best Director on Broadway World for his production of “Mame” starring Andrea McArdle. He has maintained the integrity and award-winning status of The Media Theatre’s Media Music Theatre Company for two decades. The New School is accepting registrations for its second semester which begins mid-January. 

For information on Acting Classes or The New School at The Media Theatre, call 610-891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org to register. The New School is by audition or invitation only. All other classes are open to registration.


      


Monday, December 2, 2013

MEDIA THEATRE RECEIVES 33 BROADWAY WORLD NOMINATIONS, INCLUDING 'BEST THEATRE COMPANY'

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. (This category was added two days after the actual announcement due to a computer glitch.)

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. 
A scene from MAME, which received several nominations for "Best of Philly" Theatre 2013 
The nominations for The Media Theatre are listed below.

Best Theatre Company: 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 The Media Theatre and vote! 

For tickets to The Media Theatre productions including the current "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" starring Emmy nominee Kyle Lowder, call 610-891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org