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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)
WHO'S WHO IN FIDDLER ON THE ROOF....THE JAFFE SISTERS
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.
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!"
The Jaffe sisters, who have both been involved at The Media Theatre for several years, get to spend stage time together in the production directed by Artistic Director Jesse Cline.
Brianna Jaffe, 12, plays the role of Chava, the middle child of Tevye. "I approach the role as a bookworm teenager who starts a little crush," Brianna said. "The show is exciting for me because it's interesting to see such a legendary piece of history interpreted through modern day eyes."
Brianna explains the show in her own words. "It tells the story of a poor Jewish family in the early 1900's who have started to face anti-Semitism, so while it is entertaining it is very educational."
She's been in major Broadway Series productions at The Media Theatre in the past including "The Sound of Music" as Marta. She has fond memories of the production of "Annie" a few years ago in which she played the role of Kate and worked alongside Emmy winner Wanda Sykes. "I love to sing," she says. "I've done the National Anthem several times for the Philadelphia 76er's, too."
"After 50 years audiences still love the music in "Fiddler"", she said. "I would like audiences to also understand how beautiful the Jewish culture and traditions are as well."
As per The Media Theatre's New School and classes she has attended, Brianna gives them a rave review. "I have taken away so much confidence and real experience from the theatre's educational program. It has helped me to be a stronger performer and a more confident singer. Being in "Fiddler" will just add to that."
Her younger sister, Jolie, started out at The Media Theatre when she was 5. Now a much more mature 10 year old, Jolie also loves being involved. "I started acting classes at around five years old and my first show was "Snow White" when I was six," the veteran stage actress says. "I was Gretl in "The Sound of Music"--that was a great show! I go to summer theatre camps and was in the children's shows "Wizard of OZ" and most recently "Magic Tree House". I love being a part of the New School at The Media Theatre."
She's only 10, but she speaks with the wisdom beyond her years when referring to her classes at The Media Theatre. "As a student at the theatre, I can utilize my learning with great opportunities on the stage," she explains. "I would not have these opportunities anywhere else."
Being in "Fiddler" brings Jolie great joy. "It's exciting and fun to be in such a well known show! My cast mates feel the same way. We know the songs and the theme of the show."
"I play Bielke in the musical," Jolie says. "She's the youngest daughter. She's curious and sweet and loving."
"The musical shows how hard life was back then for poor Jewish families and the stuggles they had," Jolie stated. "To me the show is important because it is educational, entertaining, and is interesting to watch because younger kids are performing this and thankfully we are not going through the struggle they had back then. It gives us a much better understanding of the Jewish history and tradition!"
Who could put it more succinctly?
To see the Jaffe sisters and the rest of the young cast (with a few adults) in "Fiddler On The Roof" July 11 through August 10, visit mediatheatre.org or call 610-891-0100.
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 …