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All Broadway Series Productions, Youth Programs, Educational Programs, and Summer Camps are produced by The Media Music Theatre Company (Artistic Director Jesse Cline)
TWO DELCO TEENS PORTRAY PIVOTAL ROLE OF PETER VAN DAAN IN MEDIA'S 'ANNE FRANK'
In The Media Theatre’s
production of “The Diary of Anne Frank”, directed by Jesse Cline, two teen
actors have the opportunity to portray the pivotal role of Peter Van Daan, the
teenager with whom Anne Frank shares her first kiss.
The show plays late
January through February 16 and audiences have the chance to see both Austy
Hicks, of Wayne, and Owen Mannion, of Broomall, in the role of Peter. The role
of Anne Frank is played by Anastasia Korbal of New Jersey.
Hicks is no stranger
to The Media Theatre stage. He recently finished his first professional show at
the award winning venue, performing as youngest brother Benjamin in Cline’s
production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”. Audiences were also swept away by Hicks’
Broadway-style performances during this past summer’s “Vocalist” competition
during which he won first place and a $1500 prize. The 16 year old Archbishop
Carroll High School student now performs an iconic role in his first
non-musical production with “Anne Frank”.
Mannion has been
involved with Cline and Media Theatre for seven years. Now 15 years old, he
started his training as an actor during Camp Media Theatre at the age of eight
and continues his training there. The Saint Josephs Preparatory School student’s
list of credits includes the Media Theatre’s Broadway Series productions of “Dr.
Dolittle”, “The Sound of Music”, “The Wizard of Oz” and “The Who’s Tommy” as
well as Children’s Series shows, plus the Teen Musicals “Hair” and “Jesus
Christ Superstar” to name a few.
Since the play “The
Diary of Anne Frank” is based on actual writings of the young lady coming to
terms with her own maturity while living amidst the fear of being found by the
Nazis, almost all we know of Peter Van Daan is what we learn of him through her
journal. At first repulsed by him, she eventually begins to care for the young
man within the tight quarters of the living space shared by the Franks and the
Van Daans for two years.
When we watch “The
Diary of Anne Frank” it is impossible not to remember that these characters we
see on the stage were real people with hopes, desires, and dreams. The talent
of Austy Hicks and Owen Mannion assist us in realizing the potential of the
lives which were lost and bring us to the hope that instinctively lives within
“Both Austy Hicks and
Owen Mannion are a representation of the educational component of our mission
statement,” Cline said. “We believe strongly that it is our duty to enlighten
by entertaining, but also through instruction and opportunities for youth who
have a true passion for performing and a focus on becoming a real professional.”
To see “The Diary of
Anne Frank” at The Media Theatre, call 610-891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org.
The show plays through February 16 with several 10am matinees for student
groups, plus weekend matinees and evening performances for general audiences.
The hit show "A Christmas Story: The Musical" is at The Media Theatre November 9 to January 8. It's suitable for all ages and makes a great outing for families during the holiday season. Based on the classic film which has gained popularity with each showing on television each holiday season, the musical has a book by Joseph Robinette with music and lyrics written by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. Songs include "Ralphie To The Rescue", "Sticky Situation", "It All Comes Down To Christmas", and "You'll Shoot Your Eye Out, Kid!" The story takes place in Indiana in the 1940's focusing on Ralphie, the boy who wants a Red Ryder BB Gun. He eventually learns that the holidays are not about what you have but who you have around you to share them with. There is a humorous sub-plot featuring Ralphie's father, referred to as The Old Man, who wins a leg lamp. It was nominated for three Tony Awards for its 2012 production at the Lunt-Fon…
The Media Theatre has the legendary musical
“West Side Story” April 19 through June 11. With a book by Arthur Laurents and
a sweeping score from Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim, the musical is
often referred to as one of the all-time greats in the Broadway canon.
“West Side Story” transports Shakespeare’s
Romeo and Juliet to New York City in the 1950’s. The story takes place on the west side of Manhattan at a time when many Puerto Ricans moved to
NYC. Two young lovers, Tony and Maria, find themselves in the middle of street
gangs at war—the Jets and the Sharks. The musical captures the essence of
struggling to survive amidst violence and prejudice which is one the main
reasons it has remained relevant to this day after premiering on Broadway in
1957. “West Side Story” highlights youthful
performers with energetic choreography and songs such as “Tonight”, “Maria”, “Somewhere”,
and “America”. At The Media Theatre, “West Side Story” is
directed and choreographed by Dann Dunn, with …
The Media Theatre has one musical per season which is not quite as mainstream as the other titles on its marquee, filling a particular void for those interested in passionate works by top notch writers and composers who have pieces in their oeuvre which deserve to be seen but are rarely produced. Artistic Director Jesse Cline has chosen the Broadway musical "Side Show" as this season's showcase for a little seen work. "Side Show", with a book and lyrics by Bill Russell and music by Henry Krieger, is based on the story of Daisy and Violet Hilton. The Hilton sisters were conjoined twins who entertained on the carnival and burlesque circuit in the 1920's and '30's. Managed poorly, the sisters eventually meet a talent scout and his budding musician pal who make a deal to showcase the two women on the Orpheum Circuit. Bursting with hope regarding their newfound fame, the ladies hearts are still unfulfilled, as they cannot escape the reputation of being …