MEDIA THEATRE NEWS---We are a professional music theatre company located at The Media Theatre in Media, Pa., only 20 minutes southwest of Center City Philly.
One of Philadelphia's Most Popular Theatres.
WINNER OF BROADWAY WORLD'S 'BEST THEATRE COMPANY OF PHILADELPHIA' (2012, 2013, 2014)
All Broadway Series Productions, Youth Programs, Educational Programs, and Summer Camps are produced by The Media Music Theatre Company (Artistic Director Jesse Cline)
MEDIA THEATRE'S 2014 GALA CELEBRATES 20 YEARS WITH CONCERT AND HONOREES
The MediaTheatre's annual Gala evening takes place Saturday February 22. The event this year is
of particular significance, celebrating twenty years of professional music
theatre. Patrons and supporters will experience a memorable concert featuring
performers who have delighted audiences on The Media Theatre stage in past productions.
The one-night-only Gala Concert includes performances by Lauren
Cupples, who was the first “Delco Idol” winning vocalist nine years ago. Audiences
have enjoyed seeing her in “Annie”, “Dr. Dolittle”, “The Sound of Music”, and
most recently as the Narrator in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”.
She will continue entertaining audiences as one of four ladies who sing hits of
the ‘60’s in “Why Do Fools Fall In Love” (coming up February 26 to March 30).
Another “Delco Idol” winner, Brian Giebler of Phoenixville, is in the
Gala Concert, as well as Sean Thompson, seen in “Oliver!” and “Forever Plaid”. Barrymore nominated actress Elisa Matthews
will sing on February 22. She has performed leading roles in “My Fair Lady” and
“The Sound of Music”, also lending her talents to productions of “Jekyll and
Hyde: The Musical” and “Dr. Dolittle”.
Media Music Theatre Company’s educational component is a very large
part of its mission, and two young vocalists will join the Gala Concert to
highlight this aspect. Lexi Gwynne, a student of the theatre’s New School
conservatory-style music theatre program, and Austy Hicks, the 2013 “Vocalist”
winner recently seen in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” and “Diary
of Anne Frank”, will represent the theatre’s youth programs.
Special awards will be given to individuals and organizations that have
been consistent supporters and advocates for the production company’s mission
which is ‘to promote and nurture the imagination, diversity, and joy unique to
music theatre by the production of new and classic works; to herald music
theatre to young people as an art form that is relevant to their lives and to
foster an understanding by them that it is indigenous to their cultural
The first-ever Education Award will be given to Rita Frey. She, and her
daughter Ellen Wineman who will accept the award on her mother’s behalf, have
assisted The State Street Miracles. The Miracles are a performance troupe of
adults with developmental disabilities who have become inspiring ambassadors
for Media Music Theatre Company.
The prestigious Walter M. Strine, Sr., Award is also referred to as the
Advocate of the Arts Award. It is named after the entrepreneur who renovated
The Media Theatre and transformed it into a live performing arts center in
1994. This year’s honoree is Gwendolyn Haines. Due to her consistent advocacy
the music theatre company has gained audiences and has seen growth within the
educational component of its mission.
Gala evenings represent the perfect time of year to show support by
being a sponsor or purchasing single tickets. The evening will include a Live Auction presided over by professional
auctioneer Jeffry Cadorette of Media Real Estate and Media Rotary. Auction
items may be found on the theatre’s website.
Not simply a beautiful
structure steeped in history, The Media Theatre is now known worldwide
as the home of The Media Music Theatre Company created by the
visionary artistic direction of Mr. Jesse Cline. Cline and his staff of
creative designers and directors have been awarded over 20 "Best Of"
honors from prestigious media outlets such as Broadway World, The
Philadelphia Inquirer, The New York Daily News, Main Line Today Magazine,
DelcoNewsNetwork, and the Delaware County Daily Times.
For tickets or
information, call 610-891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org. Individual Gala
tickets are available as well as sponsorship packages.
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 …