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MEDIA THEATRE'S 2014 GALA: CELEBRATING 20 YEARS!

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The Media Theatre marquee was shining on State Street Saturday night, February 22, as it proudly cast its light on honorees, supporters, and patrons who attended the annual Gala celebrating twenty years of professional music theatre.
The event drew hundreds of guests from Delaware County and beyond as this was more than an annual thank you to Media Music Theatre Company (MMTC). This was the night to  celebrate MMTC's twentieth-year after two decades of award-winning theatre and to look forward to a future which will lead to further fulfillment of its mission.For its past two seasons, MMTC is the recipient of 18 Broadway World Awards for "Best of Philadelphia Theatre" including Best Theatre Company.

MMTC's Artistic Director Jesse Cline and Executive Director Patrick Ward were given special acknowledgement during the evening's award ceremony. Kate Jaffe, Gala Chair and MMTC Board member, surprised the two as she went 'off script' presenting them with a plaque…

MEDIA THEATRE TRAVELS BACK IN TIME WITH 'MAGIC TREE HOUSE: DINOSAURS BEFORE DARK' MUSICAL

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The Media Theatre will transport young audiences to prehistoric times when they present the new stage adaptation of “Magic Tree House: Dinosaurs Before Dark”weekends in March, April, and May as part of the award-winning Children’s Series.  The family-friendly musical for ages 4 and up follows the adventures of a brother and sister who discover a magical tree house that whisks them away to the land of dinosaurs.
In “Magic Tree House: Dinosaurs Before Dark”, two siblings, Jack and Annie, happen upon a mysterious tree house that is filled with books covering a wide range of subjects.  As they are looking at a book about dinosaurs, Jack idly wishes they could go there – and, magically, the siblings are transported to a strange new world populated with dinosaurs they’ve only read about.With a book by Jenny Laird, music and lyrics by Randy Courts, and additional lyrics by Will Osborne, the show is based on Magic Tree House #1: Dinosaurs Before Dark, the first book in the Magic Tree House ser…

WHO'S WHO IN 'DIARY OF ANNE FRANK', PART FOUR: THE FRIENDS

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When a young Anne Frank hid from the Nazis during WWII with her parents and the Van Pels (referred to as the Van Daans in her journal) the group was looked after by friends on 'the outside'. Another familiar face to the family, a dentist, eventually joined the group in the Amsterdam  warehouse.

Terence Gleeson portrays Kraler in director Jesse Cline's production of the legendary play "The Diary of Anne Frank", now on stage through February 16. Kraler (real name Kugler) was the kind man who led the Frank Family to safety. It is he and Mr. Frank's secretary Miep Gies (played by Sarah Lynn Dewey) who care for the group while they are awaiting the end of WWII. 

Miep's dentist, Mr. Dussell, is played by P. Brendan Mulvey. Dussell's real name was Fritz Pfeffer, but the precocious Anne Frank found him to be a bit hard to deal with at times and used the pseudonym for him in her diary, which roughly translates to 'idiot'. In the Wendy Kesselman adaptatio…

TWO PHILLY PREMIERES AND 'LES MIZ' HIGHLIGHT MEDIA THEATRE'S 2014-15 SEASON

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The Media Theatre has a 2014-15 Broadway Series season which mingles the old with the new--contemporary musicals which have a wide-ranging appeal and classics which demonstrate strong staying power. 

Two Philadelphia professional premieres are among the five productions which Media Music Theatre Company (MMTC) will bring to the historic venue. Both titles are fresh from Broadway runs which recently wrapped; MMTC will be the first Actors Equity member theatre company in the Philadelphia/ Wilmington region to produce the shows following their national tours. 
The season starts out September 24 through November 2 with "The Addams Family", based on the bizarre comic strip characters created by Charles Addams. With music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa and a book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, the humorous show focusing on the family who adore the macabre will feature two of Philadelphia's well-known talents: Jeff Coon and Jennie Eisenhower. Both Barrymore Award winners, they&…

MEDIA THEATRE HAS 'SUNSET BOULEVARD' AUDITIONS FEB. 26 AND 28

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The Media Theatre, Jesse Cline, Artistic Director, located at 104 East State St in Media, is holding an EPA, Equity Performers Audition,  for its production of "Sunset Boulevard". The Tony winning musical is Andrew Lloyd Webber's stage adaptation of Billy Wilder's legendary 1950's film.  The book and lyrics are by Don Black and Christopher Hampton. Auditions will be held on Wednesday, February  26  and Friday February 28 from Noon to 4pm at The Media Theatre,104 East State St, Media, PA. Jesse Cline directs the show."Sunset Boulevard" focuses on Norma Desmond, a faded star of the silent screen era. She lives in her mansion, remembering her glamorous past and hoping for a come back. She meets a young screenwriter and sees in him an opportunity to return to the big screen. TIME Magazine says the musical has "Lloyd Webber's most artfully constructed score."Seeking the following roles: Norma Desmond understudy, 40-60, soprano, a faded, eccentr…

MEDIA THEATRE'S 2014 GALA CELEBRATES 20 YEARS WITH CONCERT AND HONOREES

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The MediaTheatre's annual Gala evening takes place Saturday February 22. The event this year is of particular significance, celebrating twenty years of professional music theatre. Patrons and supporters will experience a memorable concert featuring performers who have delighted audiences on The Media Theatre stage in past productions.
The one-night-only Gala Concert includes performances by Lauren Cupples, who was the first “Delco Idol” winning vocalist nine years ago. Audiences have enjoyed seeing her in “Annie”, “Dr. Dolittle”, “The Sound of Music”, and most recently as the Narrator in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”. She will continue entertaining audiences as one of four ladies who sing hits of the ‘60’s in “Why Do Fools Fall In Love” (coming up February 26 to March 30).Another “Delco Idol” winner, Brian Giebler of Phoenixville, is in the Gala Concert, as well as Sean Thompson, seen in “Oliver!” and “Forever Plaid”.  Barrymore nominated actress Elisa Matthews wil…

CAST ANNOUNCED FOR WHY DO FOOLS FALL IN LOVE--THE ROCKIN' '60'S MUSICAL!

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Media Music Theatre Company, the producing arm of the Broadway Series at The Media Theatre, has its next musical coming up February 26-March 30. It's Roger Bean's "Why Do Fools Fall In Love?" and the cast features four young ladies who are familiar to Media's audiences. 

Victoria Mayo, who received critical acclaim in last season's "Hairspray" as Tracy Turnblad, portrays the role of Millie in another '60's themed musical. Millie's a bride-to-be in the show. All of the action takes place in her apartment during a bachelorette party with her three best friends. During the evening, the four ladies discuss their love lives which inspires them to sing many '60's hits including the title song, "I Will Follow Him", "Hey There Lonely Boy", and "A Little Bit of Soap".
Mayo is now based in Manhattan, but will return home to Delaware County during the musical's five week run. Aside from playing Tracy Turnblad…

WHO'S WHO IN 'THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK': PART THREE, THE VAN DAANS

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As a young Anne Frank, unaware of what her future held during the time she was in hiding during WWII with her family in Amsterdam, wrote in her diary she used pseudonyms when writing about certain people. Her father's business partner, Mr. Van Pels, and his wife became 'The Van Daans' in her famous journal. The two, along with their son, joined The Frank Family during the Nazi invasion. 

In The Media Theatre's production of the play "The Diary of Anne Frank" directed by Jesse Cline, Scott Langdon and Anne Connors portray The Van Daans.  Langdon received critical acclaim portraying King Arthur in "Spamalot" recently. He and Connors also shared the stage in "Mame" last spring.


Langdon was seen in his one man show "A Christmas Carol" at Media as well following the run of "Spamalot". In the Philly region, he has been seen at The Walnut Street Theatre as Charlie Cowell in "The Music Man" and as Dr. Ackerman in "…