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 HAS VARIETY OF ACTING CLASSES THIS FALL
With the fall season approaching
quickly schools are getting back into session. This includes The Media Theatre’s
Acting Classes which go into full course mode starting the weekend of September
6. Produced and supervised by Media Music Theatre Company, the classes offer a
semester of professional training for those just beginning or wishing to
further their education.
Children have fun expressing themselves on stage at The Media Theatre
All classes are based
on The Meisner Technique which follows the basic structure that ‘Acting is
living as truthfully as one can under an imaginary circumstance.’ Within this
curriculum there is no ‘character’ or pretense and actors are placed in an
environment which allows them to be who they are, building self-awareness and
self-esteem within their own unique personality. The idea of ‘copying’ someone
else’s performance is pushed aside as actors create from within themselves to
fulfill the required role they may be asked to portray.
Starting this year The Media Theatre will now offer three levels of
classes for children. The popular
Children’s Class, for ages 6 and up, will continue on Saturday mornings at 9am
beginning September 6 and continuing for ten weeks. This 10-week one-hour course
is primarily for ages 6 to 9 who are just starting out or who have less stage
experience than others in their age group. It features exercises for building
basic speaking skills on stage (volume, diction), learning stage directions,
and developing self-esteem. Fun improvisational style exercises are also
utilized to build the concept that acting requires team work on occasion.
Level Two for Children will
meet Tuesdays at 4:30 beginning September 9. This 10-week one-hour course is
appropriate for children ages 8 to 11, or for those who have some onstage
experience. The focus is primarily on student scene work to strengthen
beginning acting skills. Theatre exercises are also implemented to enhance
stage focus and discipline. Diction is a big part of this class, as well
as following direction with one-on-one instruction within a group
A new class this year is the
Introduction to Theatre Class for ages 4 to 6 on Tuesdays at 3:30. The one hour
weekly course is specifically designed for the youngest age group that has an
interest in performing. The young children will learn by ‘Acting Out’ as they
tell stories such as “Goldilocks” through performance. They may also be asked
to act as if they are ‘walking in the rain or snow’ or to ‘show what your
favorite zoo animal does’. The class will instill within the students that
being who they are is important and following instructions will be a major
focus. Imagination will be a large ingredient of the Introduction to Theatre
The Teen Acting Class will
continue on Sundays at 6pm starting September 7. This eight-week 90-minute
class is ideal for ages 12 and up. Each student is given one-on-one instruction
within a group environment. Focus is on
stage skills, following direction, and monologues.
As the class progresses, the monologue is enhanced through continued study and
performance. Improvisational Scene Work is also explored.
The Adult Class will meet
Sundays at 7:30 beginning September 7. This eight-week 90-minute class is
designed for the adult (18 and up) who wishes to explore acting for the first
time or who wants to strengthen their stage skills. Scene study with partners
and monologues are the focus.
Robert Huntington will
continue his Improv Class for Teens and Adults on Tuesdays at 6:30pm starting
September 9. Huntington studied at the famous Second City Improv School based
Roger Ricker, a stage veteran of over 85 productions and concerts at
The Media Theatre, instructs the Children and Teen Classes. Tim Haney, who has
been with the theatre since 1997, instructs the Adult Class.
Jesse Cline, the Artistic Director for Media Music Theatre Company,
will once again supervise and instruct in The New School. The
conservatory-style music theatre education program focuses on acting, vocal
music, and movement for the stage. Registration for The New School is by
invitation or audition only. There are still 7 spaces left for the 2014-15
season which meets on either Monday or Thursday afternoons from 4:30-6:30.
The Media Theatre will soon make an important announcement regarding an
expansion of its education program for the new season. REGISTER FOR CLASSES HERE
To register for the Acting Classes, please call 610-891-0100 or visit
mediatheatre.org. Email email@example.com
with specific questions or request information.
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.