Tuesday, January 28, 2014

AARON ATKINSON IS PRINCELY IN 'RUMPELSTILTSKIN'

In most fairy tales the role of The Prince is a dream role, generally a sought-after young male who has his choice of plenty of fair maidens who wish to become The Princess. The Prince is usually portrayed as 'the guy who seems a bit more normal than everyone else around him'. 

In "Rumpelstiltskin", playing at The Media Theatre weekends in February, it's a bit different for Aaron Atkinson, who portrays Prince Tom. You see, this Prince is...how shall we say...quirky? He's an over-the-top macho dude who is like Jim Carrey mixed with a bit of Dudley Do-Right (sprinkled with some Gaston, just for fun). 

Aaron Atkinson, of Ridley Park and NYC
Atkinson, recently seen as one of the brothers in The Media Theatre's production of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat", has the opportunity to showcase his comedic side in this production for ages 4 and up. 

A Ridley Park resident, Atkinson also has an apartment in New York City in order to fulfill his goal of working steadily as a professional actor. He holds an Associates Degree in Musical Theater from The American Musical and Dramatic Academy and has performed in over 25 shows which include "Footloose" and Elton John's "Aida".


Others in the high-energy cast include Jim Conte as Rumpelstiltskin, Shiron Denise as The Queen, Danielle Lachall as The Widow, Katie Davis as The Widow's Daughter, Amber Duncan as Griselda the Witch, and Rob White as The Jester.


The humorous musical production takes great care in not being 'scary' for young children. It's a comedic take on the story of the ill-tempered mischief maker who plots to gain power after he realizes the village is bankrupt. 


To see "Rumpelstiltskin" at The Media Theatre (in a production not previously produced by Media Music Theatre Company, the non-profit organization which brings the Broadway Series and Youth Programs to the location) call 610-891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org. 


The funny show is on Saturdays at 11am and Sundays at Noon. It's an hour long and is fun for adults, too! The cast also includes members of The Media Theatre's New School and acting classes. 

Friday, January 24, 2014

TWO DELCO TEENS PORTRAY PIVOTAL ROLE OF PETER VAN DAAN IN MEDIA'S 'ANNE FRANK'

In The Media Theatre’s production of “The Diary of Anne Frank”, directed by Jesse Cline, two teen actors have the opportunity to portray the pivotal role of Peter Van Daan, the teenager with whom Anne Frank shares her first kiss.

The show plays late January through February 16 and audiences have the chance to see both Austy Hicks, of Wayne, and Owen Mannion, of Broomall, in the role of Peter. The role of Anne Frank is played by Anastasia Korbal of New Jersey.
AUSTY HICKS


Hicks is no stranger to The Media Theatre stage. He recently finished his first professional show at the award winning venue, performing as youngest brother Benjamin in Cline’s production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”.  Audiences were also swept away by Hicks’ Broadway-style performances during this past summer’s “Vocalist” competition during which he won first place and a $1500 prize. The 16 year old Archbishop Carroll High School student now performs an iconic role in his first non-musical production with “Anne Frank”.



Mannion has been involved with Cline and Media Theatre for seven years. Now 15 years old, he started his training as an actor during Camp Media Theatre at the age of eight and continues his training there. The Saint Josephs Preparatory School student’s list of credits includes the Media Theatre’s Broadway Series productions of “Dr. Dolittle”, “The Sound of Music”, “The Wizard of Oz” and “The Who’s Tommy” as well as Children’s Series shows, plus the Teen Musicals “Hair” and “Jesus Christ Superstar” to name a few. 
OWEN MANNION

Since the play “The Diary of Anne Frank” is based on actual writings of the young lady coming to terms with her own maturity while living amidst the fear of being found by the Nazis, almost all we know of Peter Van Daan is what we learn of him through her journal. At first repulsed by him, she eventually begins to care for the young man within the tight quarters of the living space shared by the Franks and the Van Daans for two years.

When we watch “The Diary of Anne Frank” it is impossible not to remember that these characters we see on the stage were real people with hopes, desires, and dreams. The talent of Austy Hicks and Owen Mannion assist us in realizing the potential of the lives which were lost and bring us to the hope that instinctively lives within us all.

“Both Austy Hicks and Owen Mannion are a representation of the educational component of our mission statement,” Cline said. “We believe strongly that it is our duty to enlighten by entertaining, but also through instruction and opportunities for youth who have a true passion for performing and a focus on becoming a real professional.”

To see “The Diary of Anne Frank” at The Media Theatre, call 610-891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org. The show plays through February 16 with several 10am matinees for student groups, plus weekend matinees and evening performances for general audiences.  

Thursday, January 23, 2014

WHO'S WHO IN THE MEDIA THEATRE'S 'DIARY OF ANNE FRANK': PART TWO, THE SISTER

Wendy Kesselman's 1997 stage adaptation of Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett's play "The Diary of Anne Frank" is revived at The Media Theatre January 29-February 16. Featuring Anastasia Korbal as Anne Frank, the show features a cast of professional actors who are members of the Actors Equity Association Union based in NYC.

The important role of Margot, Anne's sister, is played by Dana Gitlin. A graduate of New York University with a Bachelor of Music Degree, Gitlin also studied in Carnegie Mellon's Pre-College Musical Theatre Program. 

The play is a moving presentation of a family who must hide from the Nazis during WWII in Amsterdam. It is based on the actual writings of Anne Frank, a young girl whose life was beginning to blossom prior to the Nazi invasion. 

Gitlin is a student of the Sanford Meisner Technique of acting, with instruction from William Esper. Meisner was a renowned acting teacher from NYC who stated that 'Acting is living as truthfully as one can under an imaginary circumstance'. The director of Media's "The Diary of Anne Frank", Jesse Cline, is a proponent of this technique. Cline was actually a student of Meisner's prior to starting his own career both on stage and as a director.

Dana Gitlin makes her debut at The Media Theatre as Margot Frank. She was seen in the National Tours of "HAIR" as Crissy and in "Virtually Me!" as Lindsay. She was also seen in productions of "Barcode" (FringeNYC), "Children of Eden" (NYU), "West Side Story" (Stage Door Manor), and "Tick, Tick...Boom!" (Foyer Theatre).

She also did the Vocal Recording for Broadway's Tony winning revival of "Driving Miss Daisy". 

To see Dana Gitlin, who is staying at 'home' in Delaware County during the run of "The Diary of Anne Frank", and the rest of the talented cast call 610-891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org for tickets. The production has several 10am performances for school students or early risers as well as 2pm matinees on Saturdays, 3pm shows on Sunday afternoons, and evening performances Thursday, Friday, and Saturday throughout the run. 






Sunday, January 19, 2014

RUMPLESTILTSKIN FEATURES DELCO RESIDENT JIM CONTE IN TITLE ROLE

Delaware County resident Jim Conte has been enjoying what he refers to as his ‘encore career’ as a character actor the last few years. He’s been known as Oz and Father Virgil Trott at The Media Theatre but will now have a name known only if you are able to answer a very important riddle!

The name he will be known by (it’s a secret!) is “Rumpelstiltskin”. Conte will play  the role in Media Music Theatre Company’s production of the children’s story during the month of February. With shows on Saturday mornings at 11am and Sundays at Noon each weekend, he and the rest of the cast are sure to delight ages 4 and up.

In this version of “Rumpelstiltskin” Conte plays a wise cracking troll-like wizard who schemes his way through life. He finds out the village is bankrupt and decides to pretend a local miller’s daughter is able to spin straw into gold in order to gain wealth and power. The show has lessons aplenty about greed and selfishness, all done with a wink to the audience throughout due to the script’s humor.

Conte graduated from Penncrest High School, and was privileged to serve as music director in three southeastern Pennsylvania public school districts (Tredyffrin-Easttown, Upper Darby and Rose Tree Media) where he directed award winning bands and orchestras. He also directed choirs, taught music classes, directed musical theatre productions and, in a different area of extra-curricular activities, coached track. 
“Perhaps the track coaching will help me to run around the stage in this show,” he said.

Since his ‘encore career’ began he has enjoyed singing in the Festival Chorus with Peter Nero and the Philly Pops, working with the Opera Company of Philadelphia, and being an extra in several major motion pictures including the award winning “Silver Linings Playbook”. He has been seen at the Broadway Theatre of Pitman in New Jersey as Cap’n Andy in “Showboat” and also in “Noises Off” and “Over the River and Through The Woods”. He’s worked with Longwood Gardens, Centre Theatre of Montgomery County, and New Candlelight Theatre. 

At The Media Theatre, he was seen in 2013’s “Death on the 16th Fairway”, “Nunsense Jamboree”, and “The Wizard of OZ”. He is also the male swing, understudying two roles in its winter 2014 production of “The Diary of Anne Frank”.

This musical version of “Rumpelstiltskin” has not been performed at The Media Theatre previously. Music direction is by Anthony Womack, who previously worked with the casts of “Pinkalicious”, “101 Dalmatians” and “Wizard of OZ”.

Other cast members in “Rumpelstilstkin” are Danielle Lachall as The Miller’s Widow, Katie Davis as The Miller’s Daughter, Aaron Atkinson as The Prince, Shiron Denise as The Queen, Rob White as The Court Jester, and Tim Woodward as the Prime Minister.

Youth actors from The Media Theatre’s New School in the show are Amber Duncan as Griselda, Veronica Garrubbo as the Apple Seller, Emily Kinka as Lady Matilda, Hanna Murphy as Charlotte, Morgan Perry as Katherine, Michael Wells as the Huntsman, and Madison Yannatelli as the Nursemaid.

The Youth Ensemble (Town Citizens and Royal Court) are Josh Atkinson, Hannah Brady, Miranda Fitzgerald, Sebastian Fitzgerald, Madilyn Gibbs, Madison Law, Mary Layne, Rachel McCabe, Rachel McVey, Sean O’ Neill, Shelby Narkin, Gabe Palmarini, Morgan Perry, Lily Sfida, Grace Tooze, Mary Kate Vink and Carter Weiss.

For tickets or information, call 610-891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org. Group rates are available. The Media Theatre also has its Crystal Room available after performances for private birthday and children’s parties.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

WHO'S WHO IN THE MEDIA THEATRE'S 'DIARY OF ANNE FRANK': PART ONE, THE PARENTS

The Media Theatre's production of "The Diary of Anne Frank" has a strong cast directed by Jesse Cline. Anastasia Korbal, a 14 year old actress with several National Tours to her credit, portrays the role of the young Jewish girl who, along with her family, must hide from the Nazis in the attic of a warehouse in Amsterdam during WWII. The show is based on the actual writings of Anne Frank, a somewhat impetuous girl who wrote about life as it was during her family's time of exile, not as she dreamed it could be.

To allow the reality of what the play represents to come to fruition, the supporting cast surrounding Anastasia must be adept at capturing not only the time and place but also the never-ending hope that Anne will be able to live her life to its fullest extent beyond the war.
Paul Dake portrays Otto Frank in "Diary of Anne Frank" at The Media Theatre
The parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank, are vitally important to the play which runs January 29 to February 16. Cline has cast Paul Dake as Mr. Frank and Margaret DeAngelis as his wife.

Paul Dake is Otto Frank, Anne's father. Previously seen on The Media Theatre stage in the Broadway World Award winning "Mame", also directed by Cline, he has worked with The Montgomery Theater for several years, achieving its Award of Excellence. His stage credits include "Don't Talk To The Actors", "Grapes of Wrath", "Jesus Christ Superstar", and "The Drawer Boy". 

With a strong passion for theatrical arts, Dake has also worked as a stage manager and director and is a singer/ songwriter. For those who watch CNN's Headline News, Dake is seen in heavy rotation as the spokesman in a nationally syndicated televisiono commercial for an insurance company. 
Margaret DeAngelis is Edith Frank
Margaret DeAngelis plays Edith Frank. She makes her Media Theatre debut in the production. She has also filmed several television commercials, but maintains a love for performing on stage. Her credits include "All This And Moonlight", "The Best Man", "As You Like It", "Cheaper By The Dozen", "Lost In Yonkers", and "Our Miss Brooks". 

These are just two of the actors, aside from Anastasia Korbal, who will assist Cline in bringing this legendary but always relevant play to life. This blog will have a series of articles highlighting the talented cast in this important production.

For tickets to "The Diary of Anne Frank" at The Media Theatre, call 610-891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org. The three week run (Jan. 29-Feb. 16) has several 10am performances for school groups, as well as matinee and evening performances at regularly scheduled times. 




Thursday, January 16, 2014

FATHER OF LOCAL ACTOR MAKES HIS OWN STAGE DEBUT IN MEDIA'S 'DIARY OF ANNE FRANK'

When the term ‘father and son bonding’ comes up in water cooler conversation, it is mostly regarding a common love of sports, fishing, or even hunting wild game. This has been the norm for hundreds of years, and is presented to us through cultural milestones in the form of novels, film, television, and theatre. It is within the form of theatre that one father and son are sharing a strong common bond for the arts here in Delaware County at The Media Theatre.

Sean O’ Neill, who made his stage debut at the tender age of three in Artistic Director Jesse Cline’s production of “The Who’s Tommy” is now six (soon to be seven) years old and has quite a list of stage credits. He has been in almost every youth production at The Media Theatre during the past two years, including Disney’s “101 Dalmatians”, “Pinkalicious”, and “The Wizard of OZ”. He is currently The Fox in “Rumpelstiltskin”, rehearsing now for performances each weekend in February.
Father and son: Henry O' Neill with Sean, his six year old who has been acting at The Media Theatre for over three years. Henry now follows in his son's footsteps with his stage debut in "Diary of Anne Frank" 
Now, after seeing his son’s love for the theatre, his father Henry is following in his son’s footsteps. Henry makes his acting debut in “The Diary of Anne Frank” at The Media Theatre January 29 to February 16.

“My son is who he is,” Henry O’ Neill said proudly. “We noticed he had a passion for singing and acting at a very early age. That’s what makes him tick. Before he became involved with shows I had honestly rarely ever set foot in a Broadway style theatre. It just wasn’t my thing. Of course I always loved rock music, particularly the oldies. But theatre? Heck I barely knew what it meant, let alone have a desire to become involved in it.”

Henry is a police officer in Prospect Park. “Being a policeman puts me in a lot of difficult situations,” he explained. “You see the best of people, and the worst that life can bring. You tend to bottle your emotions and wear as tough a demeanor as possible.”

However, his son’s venture into the world of live theatre helped to change that. “When I see my son on stage I light up,” Henry said. “It started to make me realize that everyone is different and everybody walks a different road in life. Some guys like sports, some become members of the police force, and some become actors or singers. My son Sean was born with the desire to constantly communicate through the arts, so my world opened up a lot.”

When director Cline invited Henry to portray one of the Nazi collaborators in “The Diary of Anne Frank”, it did not take Mr. O’ Neill very long to respond. “I checked my schedule and the rehearsal schedule,” he said. “Then I immediately said yes. It’s extremely important to me to find out more about my son’s world. There is no better way for me to support him than by doing what he does, even if it’s for a few minutes in a show. He is, after all, a part of me and I support him one hundred percent.”

Henry and his wife Karen have been involved in other ways at The Media Theatre for the past few years. “Whenever Sean is in a show here we do whatever we can to help out,” he said. “We help backstage, we usher, we assist the school busses that come to Sean’s shows—we do whatever we can. We enjoy being a part of what it is that our son loves.”

“Last Christmas when we asked Sean what he wanted Santa to bring him he said he wanted a piano,” Henry says with the beam of a proud father. “So we got him a keyboard. Now our family got into the act and his uncle, this year, got him a karaoke machine. He sings all the time, like constantly. Our oldest boy is into sports. So we have quite a household. The youngest boy is not quite old enough yet to be able to figure any of it out!”

The O’ Neill Family is very appreciative of The Media Theatre. “Everyone here is so supportive and works hard to make sure that children like Sean have a place that can become their second home,” he said. “For me, after working the beat in Delaware County, which I also love—coming here to the theatre helps me to relax and breathe easier.”

The other policemen in Henry’s district have also chipped in, in their own way, to support the theatre. “When “Spamalot” was here this past fall, we had a special night out for the force and their wives to support the Delaware County Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation and the theatre itself,” he explained. “We had a nice reception upstairs, relaxed with friends, and saw one of the funniest shows ever. We felt good about it because we were together for a purpose, to support our own cause and to bring people out to the theatre. It’s my son’s safe haven where he can be himself and have a great time. I’m forever connected to this theatre.”

Jesse Cline, who directed young Sean in “The Who’s Tommy” years ago and who now is working with his father in “The Diary of Anne Frank”, said, “This is the finest example of a father and son who share a common bond which is artistic rather than athletic. That’s what makes it unique. We’re happy to have the O’ Neill family as a part of The Media Theatre family.”

To see Henry O’ Neill make his stage debut in “The Diary of Anne Frank” which plays January 29 to February 16, call 610-891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org. The play is based on the journal of a young girl who hid in an attic for two years with her family in Amsterdam to escape the Nazis.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

MEDIA THEATRE'S DESIGNERS AND STAGE CREW PREPARE FOR 'DIARY OF ANNE FRANK'

For the most part, actors are the focal point when raising awareness of a production to the public. A fair amount of information is given as to who is playing which role. It’s been this way almost since theatre began, as the actor is the most visible representation of what the show is communicating to the audience as well as a strong image to create interest.

However, there are plenty of creative artists, designers, and stage crew members behind the scenes. To that end, The Media Theatre’s team for “The Diary of Anne Frank” is certainly worthy of receiving public acknowledgement.
K. Whitney Rogers, Costume Designer, and Whitney Rayl, Costume Assitant, discuss "Diary of Anne Frank"
“The Diary of Anne Frank” is the legendary play based on the journal of a young girl who, with her family, hid from the Nazis during WWII in an attic in Amsterdam for two years. We are basically seeing the traumatic time period through her eyes –The eyes, mind, and soul of a youth who had aspirations which went unfulfilled and a delightful wonder for her future. It’s at The Media Theatre January 29 through February 16.

The play represents a challenge in each technical department. Director Jesse Cline has assembled a team that is certainly up to the task. He is the Artistic Director for Media Music Theatre Company, the professional non-profit organization which produces the Broadway Series at The Media Theatre. Cline was recently named Best Director of A Musical (2013 Broadway World Philadelphia Award) for his production of “Mame”.
Production Manager Robert Towarnicki assists in preparing the set for "Diary of Anne Frank"
Overseeing “The Diary of Anne Frank” with Cline is The Media Theatre’s Production Manager, Robert Towarnicki. He has a Masters in Theatre Arts from Villanova University. He worked with the properties department there for eight shows and was behind the scenes of several other productions in various aspects. This is his sixth show at The Media Theatre in which he oversees all design aspects of a production and, after the show opens, maintains its production values. A ‘hands on’ man, he lends his talents to the building of each set as well (and, as a matter of fact, was the Set Designer for the recent production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”).

The Technical Director is Rob White. He works directly with the Production Manager in keeping an eye on lights, sound, and other technical aspects. White hails from Gettysburg College with a Bachelors in Theatre Arts. He is a scenic carpenter and assists in the building of each set at The Media Theatre.

The set Towarnicki and White built for “The Diary of Anne Frank” was designed by Matthew Miller, whose designs have been seen at Mauckingbird Theatre Company, Cape May Stage, and Adirondack Theatre Festival. He has an MFA from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Miller stays busy when not designing by instructing stage management and design at Temple University.
Technical Director Rob White makes sure each portion of the stage floor is painted
Troy Martin O’ Shia returns to The Media Theatre for this production as Lighting Designer. He is the Tech Coordinator/ Lighting Director for the Uarts and Brind School and a founding member of Hase & Associates, LTD. Media Theatre audiences have seen his lighting designs in many productions during the past few years. He was recently honored with Broadway World’s Best Lighting Design in their annual awards for the Philadelphia region for Media’s production of “Spamalot”.

Carl Park, another Broadway World honoree for Best Sound Design for “Spamalot”, returns to add his creative input for “The Diary of Anne Frank”.  He’s a resident of Media and has worked with Longwood Gardens, Wilmington Grand Opera House and the Delaware ShakespeareFestival.

K. Whitney Rogers is Costume Designer. Her work was seen during the past year at The Media Theatre with “Death on the 16th Fairway” and “Spamalot”. She also designed the summer teen musical “Hair”. She has been involved with the entertainment business her entire life in some aspect and will be assisted during “The Diary of Anne Frank” by The Media Theatre’s Wardrobe Supervisor, Whitney Rayl.

The Properties Designer is Allison L. Ward. With an MA in Theatre from Villanova University, her work has been seen at Delaware Theatre Company and Bristol Riverside Theatre. She was a Fellow at American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco.

The set for “Diary of Anne Frank” will also involve the work of Graphic Designer Chris Jordan. He’s been associated with The Media Theatre for the past three years in several aspects including Stage Management, Marketing, and creating the billboards seen on I-95 which are seen by thousands each day, raising awareness for the theatre and each of its productions.
Anastasia Korbal, who plays the role of Anne Frank

Add each ingredient created by the aforementioned designers and it brings us to what audiences will see during this professional production of “The Diary of Anne Frank”.  The actors will bring the roles to life on the stage, each of them adding their own level of expertise to fulfilling the direction given them by Cline.
Now, as you watch the show and become involved and moved by Wendy Kesselman’s adaptation of Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett’s original script, you’ll know more about all of the talent necessary to bring the story to life. Each prop, costume, ray of light, sound or staircase on the stage has a deeper meaning than you may initially realize—and each was  designed by a creative team so that you, the audience, would have a deeper understanding of The Frank Family’s time in the attic during WWII as the Nazis were approaching.


“The Diary of Anne Frank”, based on one young girl’s account of this harrowing time in world history, is ultimately inspiring due to its message of hope. The show is sponsored by PECO and is at The Media Theatre January 29 to February 16. For tickets and information call 610-891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org

Thursday, January 9, 2014

MEDIA THEATRE WINS 12 BROADWAY WORLD AWARDS FOR 'BEST OF PHILLY THEATRE' 2013

The Media Theatre, Delaware County’s only professional music theatre company and one of the most popular theatres in the Philadelphia region, has won 12 Broadway World Awards for “Best of Philadelphia Theatre 2013” including Best Theatre Company, an honor it also achieved in 2012.
A scene from "Mame", which swept the 2013 Broadway World Awards for Best of Philadelphia Theatre, winning 10 honors. The Media Theatre won 12 in all, including 2 for "Spamalot"
10 of the honors went to Artistic Director Jesse Cline’s critically acclaimed revival of the legendary musical “Mame” which starred Broadway’s Andrea McArdle. Both Cline, for his direction, and McArdle, for her performance, won in their categories. The production transferred to Bucks County Playhouse following its run in Media. The two other awards, in technical categories, went to the theatre’s recent production of “Monty Python’s Spamalot”.

All Broadway Series musicals at The Media Theatre are produced by Media Music Theatre Company (MMTC), a non-profit music professional music theatre organization now celebrating 20 years of musicals and children’s programming at the theatre. Its educational component has grown exponentially during the past decade and now includes ten weeks of summer camp, plus several levels of acting classes for children, teens, and adults.

Nominations were announced worldwide by Broadway World, the esteemed online theatrical media outlet, which gives an up-to-date daily journal of the latest theatrical productions from Broadway to London's West End. The eligibility period was from October 1, 2012 to end of September, 2013. Voting was open to the theatre community and members of the general public during the month of December. The Media Theatre was nominated alongside almost every major theatre in Philadelphia including The Walnut Street Theatre.

The Media Theatre won the following categories for Best of Philadelphia Theatre 2013:

Best Theatre Company (second consecutive year),  Best Musical (Mame),  Best Director of A Musical (Jesse Cline, Mame),  Best Ensemble of A Musical (Mame),  Best Music Direction (Tom Fosnocht, Mame),  Best Actress in A Musical (Andrea McArdle, Mame),  Best Supporting Actor of a Musical (Kelly Briggs, Mame),  Best Supporting Actress in A Musical (Lea Delaria, Mame),  Best Costumes (Nikki Moody, Mame),  Best Choreography (Dann Dunn, Mame),  Best Lighting Design (Troy Martin O’ Shia, Spamalot), and  Best Sound Design (Carl Park, Spamalot).

The Media Theatre’s 2014 season continues with “The Diary of Anne Frank” January 29 through February 16, “Why Do Fools Fall in Love?” February 26 to March 16, and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Sunset Boulevard” April 16 through May 18.

For tickets and information, call 610-891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org




Wednesday, January 8, 2014

PURCHASE 'MAGIC TREE HOUSE' AND 'CINDERELLA' TICKETS (Price Change Begins March 1)

At Media Music Theatre Company we are dedicated to inspiring and educating young audiences with the award winning youth series productions. We bring our audiences the newest titles or adaptations available, such as the new musical "Magic Tree House: Dinosaurs Before Dark" which is based on the first of Mary Pope Osborne's popular book series. We also bring in classics with brand recognition such as Disney's "Cinderella".


Both of these shows for ages 4 and up will be on our stage in 2014's spring and summer. We want to continue our journey with you as we move forward with fresh and exciting titles in our Youth Series. In order to do this, we must raise children's show ticket prices slightly starting in March 2014. But, if you place orders prior to March 1--you will still be able to get great seats at our current price ($10-12).

Beginning in March our Youth Series prices will be $12 for children and $15 for adults. This will assist us greatly in gaining more adult actors to mingle with our talented youth on stage as well as to sustain our current reputation as a Youth Series which introduces your children to the magic of live music theater!

MAGIC TREE HOUSE: DINOSAURS BEFORE DARK plays weekends in March, April, and May starting Saturday morning March 8. It's on Saturdays at 11am and Sundays at Noon through the end of May. ORDER MAGIC TREE HOUSE TIX HERE

DISNEY'S CINDERELLA KIDS is on weekends in June, July, and August with same show times. ORDER CINDERELLA TIX HERE  

We thank you so much for your patronage and support. For more information, call The Media Theatre at 610-891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org








Wednesday, January 1, 2014

MEDIA THEATRE BRINGS TRADITION TO SUMMER CAMP WITH 'FIDDLER ON THE ROOF' YOUTH PROJECT

The Media Theatre brings "Tradition" to Summer Camp with the Summer Youth Project Musical, Fiddler On The Roof.

This will be the first summer musical at The Media Theatre that is not specifically for teens who have an interest in performing on a professional music theatre stage. It's for ages 8 and up, who may enjoy the experience of performing this legendary musical.

This wonderful camp will meet starting June 16 with three weeks of rehearsal and performances begin July 10. The musical will perform for the public through August 10, four times each weekend.
Campers will work directly with Media Music Theatre Company Artistic Director Jesse Cline, plus professional designers and choreographers. The entire camp gives them insight as to what it is like being in a professional production. It's a also an educational opportunity in which young people will learn more about this time in history, simply be being involved in the production. 

In the legendary musical, set in Tsarist Russia in 1905, Tevye tries to maintain his family (with five daughters) and Jewish traditions while outside influences encroach upon their lives. Not only must he cope with the Tsar evicting Jews from their village, but also the willful actions of his three older daughters whose choice of husbands moves them farther away from the traditional customs of his faith.

With music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and a book by Joseph Stein, this musical is rich in historic and ethnic detail. It's universal theme of tradition cuts across barriers of race, class, nationality and religion, leaving audiences touched by its humor, warmth and honesty.


The score is filled with memorable songs like "Sunrise, Sunset", "If I Were A Rich Man", "Matchmaker", and more.

The Summer Youth Musical is for performers ages 8 and up, as campers will delight in being a part of this tune-filled ensemble onstage with lessons rich in history and "Tradition"! 


Audiences will be on their feet as the young cast takes them along on their journey in this rich, wonderful Tony winning Broadway masterpiece!

For those who at least pay a deposit to register before March 1, a $50 discount applies. You will find registration information at www.mediatheatre.org or by calling 610-891-0100.