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2014 BRINGS CLASSIC TITLES TO THE MEDIA THEATRE

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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 Bro…

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

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In "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat", now at The Media Theatre through January 5, the Pharaoh arrives in style...on a Harley!
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 Harl…

MEDIA THEATRE ANNOUNCES CAST FOR 'DIARY OF ANNE FRANK'

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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.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 Gi…

MORE PHOTOS FROM 'JOSEPH' MUSICAL

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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.


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 gen…

MEDIA THEATRE ACCEPTING REGISTRATIONS FOR 2014 ACTING CLASSES

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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.”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 a…

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

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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. 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&q…