The Media Theatre presents a special presentation of the classic musical "Fiddler On The Roof" this summer to celebrate the show's 50th anniversary. It's produced by Media Music Theatre Company and is on stage July 11 through August 10, with performances on Friday nights at 7pm, Saturdays at 2pm and 7pm, and Sundays at 3pm. 

A youth cast shares the stage with several professional adult actors to remind audiences of the brilliance of this wonderful Tony winning Broadway musical. "Fiddler On The Roof" is all about Tevye, a Jewish man in Russia in the early 1900's who is doing his best to keep his family together amidst changing times and while his five daughters are growing up right before his eyes. It's a musical steeped in "Tradition!" 
Madison Yannatelli, who plays Yente
Madison Yannatelli plays the role of Yente, the Matchmaker in the production directed by Jesse Cline. She takes lessons with Cline during the year as a student of the theatre's New School.

"I really feel honored to have this role," Madison said. "It's super awesome, it's an amazing show and a really talented cast!"

Madison said it took her a few days to figure out how to approach the role of Yente, but after a few pointers from Cline she now feels extremely comfortable in the role. She is just 14 years old but "hopes audiences can understand the real story that the musical is trying to put forth, plus its significance to history." She continued by saying "The theatre's education program has taught me everything I know and without it I would not be the actress I am today."

A student at Marple Newtown High School, she's been seen previously at The Media Theatre in the youth production of "Hair" as well as "The Wizard of Oz", "Rumpelstiltskin", and is currently also in "Cinderella" through August. For the past two years she was a contestant in the theatre's summer singing competition "The Vocalist". 

Madison has nothing but praise for The Media Theatre: "I have not been here very long but feel so welcomed! It's nice to have made so many good friends, too."

Of "Fiddler On The Roof", she says "In the time of the show, the early 1900's, the Tsar in Russia was very anti-Semitic so many non-Jewish citizens also had bad feelings toward Jewish people there. This led to violence and people had to leave their hometowns, which was horrible. The show brings that to life while also dealing with Tevye's daughters and the fact that they are getting older. It's got great music, too!" 

To see Madison Yannatelli and the rest of the cast in "Fiddler On The Roof" during the show's celebratory 50th anniversary, call 610-891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org


  1. We can't wait for the opening should be a great show.

  2. We can't wait for the opening should be a amazing show.


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