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WHO'S WHO IN '13, THE MUSICAL'...KARALYN JOSEPH AND WILL ROTSCH
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
At the beginning of
rehearsals last fall Karalyn Joseph, who plays the outcast Patrice, lost her
beloved grandfather. It was her first experience with the death of a close
loved one and she is grateful she had this show to cling to.
“No matter how much I
wish it not to be true, I knew he was never coming back,” Karalyn said. “The lyrics to the song “If That’s What It
Is” helped get me through this difficult time.
‘Go on and put one foot in front of the other and just keep walking
on.’ Sometimes in life that’s really all
you can do.”
And both these
talented performers have gained inspiration from this Jason Robert Brown
score. Will Rotsch’s Archie performs the
entire show on crutches and has been moved by the message of 13. He said, “True friends are something
special and I need to treat them as something valuable. I’ve started reconnecting with some of my old
friends and reinstating our friendships.”
In the musical they
both play roles which become the unlikely friends to the protagonist Evan whose
idea of teen friendship is a bit skewed.
But Joseph believes that’s all part of the teen years. “Teenagers are
basically those who are old enough to know when something is wrong but young
enough to do it anyway! I liked to
affectionately call my teenage years the “what the heck am I doing and why am I
still doing it” stage of life.”
And Rotsch agrees
that 13 does a superb job of
demonstrating these challenges:“The show presents
familiar problems and situations in a funny way that my friends and I relate to
in our lives. Personally, the story
makes me laugh at the things that we sometimes worry about. It puts those problems into a better
A musician and
vocalist as well as an actress and experienced dancer, Joseph believes the musical
also encourages young people to be themselves and embrace everyone for who they
really are. For her the experience has
been life-changing: “Being in this show has not only inspired me to bring out
my inner geek, but to hold on to friendships that I am lucky enough to
have. I’m better able to discern who
really knows “what it means to be a friend”.
I know that this show, its heartfelt message, and this knock-out cast
are the forces behind that change.”
On the verge of
finishing his freshman year at Salesianum High School in Wilmington with high
academic honors and a slew of activities and awards to his name to boot, Rotsch
will take away one message from this amazing experience: “Sometimes the most
unlikely people can be your greatest friends.”
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 the Philadelphia region's professional premiere of Jason Robert Brown's Tony winning musical "The Bridges of Madison County" this fall. The show, which received Tony Awards in 2014 for Best Score and Best Orchestrations, plays September 14 to October 23.
Millions of film goers have seen the movie starring Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood, although the writers of the musical state it is based on the best-selling novel. The romance focuses on a beautiful Italian woman who married an American soldier to get out of Italy during the war. When her family attends the 1965 State Fair in Iowa, she meets a handsome National Geographic photographer who alters her life dramatically in four days. It's a musical which captures the yearning of the human heart and the expanse of America's heartland as we travel roads we often dare not go, open doors we often refuse to notice, and cross over bridges which leave us breathless.