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AARON ATKINSON IS PRINCELY IN 'RUMPELSTILTSKIN'

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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). 
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 professio…

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

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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.

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 “An…

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

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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 …

RUMPLESTILTSKIN FEATURES DELCO RESIDENT JIM CONTE IN TITLE ROLE

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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 …

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

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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.
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 …

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

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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.Now, after seeing his son’s love for the theatre, hi…

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

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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.“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 Febr…

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

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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 2012.10 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 g…

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

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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…

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

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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 Tsaris…