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WHO'S WHO IN '13, THE MUSICAL'...AMANDA DEFILIPPIS AND LYNDIE MOE
The Media Music
Theatre Company (MMTC) in Media, PA and The Wilmington Drama League in
Wilmington, DE have partnered to bring Jason Robert Brown’s high-energy “13,The
Musical” to Media. The show opened
to enthusiastic audiences this past weekend and continues through Sunday.
features thirteen talented actors from the Delaware and Pennsylvania areas who
have found a unique kinship performing this entertaining and insightful musical
together. Lyndie Moe and Amanda
DeFilippis play opposite one another as the friends (and sometimes enemies)
Lucy and Kendra.
Two of the older
members of this young cast, they’ve gained some personal experience in dealing
with the challenges of being a teenager.
“You never know what
to expect,” muses DeFilippis who will be entering her senior year at Delaware’s
Cab Calloway School of the Arts in September.
“One day you are on the top of the world and the next you are spiraling
downward. The ride is long and sometimes
difficult but you always know that you are having the best time of your life.”
Moe, also a student
at Cab, plays the scheming gossip Lucy.
She believes the experience of 13
The Musical offers a road map of sorts for new teens. “Trust your
instincts, follow your heart and stand up for what you believe in,” she says. “Being a teenager can be stressful at times,
so it’s important to remember not to sweat the small stuff.”
DeFilippis plays the
saccharine sweet Kendra, the girl who all the boys love. She also sees positive
themes throughout the musical that resonate personally. “I’ve been through
similar situations of bullying, trying to figure out where I belong and
learning to stand up for myself. So I am
able to connect with the characters and make Kendra more realistic.”
Both young ladies are
active in theatre and beyond. Moe is a
competitive travel volleyball player and a member of the Imagination Players, a
charitable group that spreads goodwill in her community. DeFilippis is a committed student and member
of the Science Olympiad and a Ronald McDonald House Volunteer.
Both are fans of
Jason Robert Brown’s score and how it reflects their experiences during this
exciting time of their lives. “The music is an inspiration in itself,” exclaims
Moe. “I never tire of the score. This is my third time doing this
musical. I’ve actually played Kendra and
Patrice as well!”
DeFilippis is equally
enamored with the opportunity be part of this production, especially for the
friendships she’s forged. She says, “The musical means so much to me. I love everyone in my cast and am glad to
have met such wonderful and loving people.”
And if there is one
message DeFilippis thinks audiences will take away from the show? “Take a step back and
figure out who your real friends are. Be yourself. We all have a little
more homework to do.”
unforgettable rock score from Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown, the writer of Broadway’s current
“Bridges of Madison County” as well as “Parade” and “The Last Five Years” among
others, “13” is a poignant musical for all ages about discovering that cool is
where you find it, and sometimes where you least expect it. The show
boasts a Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Lyrics and tells the story
of Evan Goldman, who is having a great life…until his parents get divorced and
he’s forced to move with his Mom from NYC to Indiana! The show features a
cast of teens portraying 13-year-old characters dealing with the perils of
middle school. This high-energy show was Broadway’s first all-teenage cast, and
has many humorous and touching moments.
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 …