Monday, February 24, 2014

MEDIA THEATRE'S 2014 GALA: CELEBRATING 20 YEARS!

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.
Executive Director Patrick Ward and Artistic Director Jesse Cline receive acknowledgment from Gala Chair and Media Music Theatre Company board member Kate Jaffe during the 2014 Gala
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 commemorating their achievements.

Gwendolyn Haines receives the Walter M. Strine, Sr. Award for Advocacy of the Arts. She is joined onstage by Perry Ecksel, Board Chair (left) and Jeffry Cadorette (right)

Jeffry Cadorette, a professional auctioneer, emceed the evening as he kept the pace up, smoothly commandeering the stage through the awards, auction, and one-night-only concert presentation. Cadorette, of Media Real Estate and Media Rotary, managed it all beautifully creating a nice mix of humor and fundraising during the second portion of the night's event following an eye-popping reception in the theatre's Crystal Room.
The reception was catered by The Rose Tree Restaurant, MMTC's restaurant partner and Cakes and Candies by Mary Ellen. It was a visual extravaganza which only heightened the experience once the taste adventure took place with each delicious bite--a perfect fit for a twentieth anniversary celebration.
Ellen Wineman and her brother Mitchell Frey accept the Education Award on behalf of their mother Rita Frey. With them are Chairman of MMTC Board Perry Ecksel and the evening's emcee Jeffry Cadorette.

Cadorette was joined onstage by MMTC's Chairman of the Board Perry Ecksel for the evening's awards, the first of which was presented to Mrs. Rita Frey. She is the recipient of the first Education Award for her support of the the professional music theatre's mission to provide opportunities for all who have an interest in the performing arts. Most specifically, she is inspired by The State Street Miracles, the theatre's performance troupe of adults with developmental disabilities. Accepting the award on her behalf were her children Mitchell Frey and Ellen Wineman. Ellen extends her mother's generosity by volunteering as a speech therapist for the Miracles throughout the year.

The Walter M. Strine, Sr. Award for Advocacy of the Arts went to Gwendolyn Haines. The West Chester resident has been a regular patron at MMTC productions for most of the past decade due to her grandson's involvement as a student and performer. She stated that she 'believes strongly in the theatre's mission as it inspires and educates, building bridges for future theatregoers and those who will find a second home on its stage'. The Award is named after the entrepreneur who had the vision in the mid-90's to renovate The Media Theatre as a live performing arts venue.
Elisa Matthews performs during the Gala Concert with Scott Anthony accompanying

PECO received the prestigious Community Partnership Award. Ralph Brown, External Affairs Manager for PECO, accepted the honor on their behalf reminding Gala patrons of PECO's involvement with The Media Theatre since 1997. During the past decade, PECO has been the title sponsor of productions such as "Chicago", "Mame", and "The Diary of Anne Frank". PECO has also been a driving force behind the Empowerment Program which allows students to attend productions who may not otherwise be able to enjoy sitting in a theatre as the lights go down and the show begins.

Performers for the evening's concert performance, which could have been titled "The Best Of Twenty Years" featured premier vocalists familiar to MMTC audiences. Lauren Cupples and Elisa Matthews filled the large venue with their silky soprano vocals as they performed songs from past MMTC productions, as did powerful baritone Sean Thompson and the magnificent tenor Brian Giebler. Cupples and Giebler were past winners of "Delco Idol", the summer vocal contest, with Cupples also having performed in several MMTC Broadway Series musicals. Matthews and Thompson are also veterans of MMTC musicals under Jesse Cline's direction.
Elisa Matthews and Lauren Cupples sing 

The educational component of MMTC's mission statement, so much on view during the entire evening as all three of the honorees have been involved with either supporting youth who have come to see productions or who have supported programs for young people to be educated in music theatre, was showcased by young Lexi Gwynn and Austy Hicks. Both young rising stars chose familiar songs from MMTC's upcoming 2014 Broadway Series production "Les Miserables".

Each talented performer was accompanied by Scott Anthony, MMTC's resident Music Director.


Two decades may have come and gone, but all eyes are on the future as MMTC recently announced its 2014-15 Broadway Series season which includes the Philadelphia regional premiere of two musicals: "The Addams Family" and "Ghost". The season will also include "The Miracle Worker", "Hello Dolly" and the previously mentioned "Les Miserables".

For information regarding the upcoming season, children's shows, or classes at The Media Theatre (all produced by MMTC) call 610-891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org

Monday, February 17, 2014

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

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 series written by Mary Pope Osborne and illustrated by Sal Murdocca.  The series introduces young readers to different cultures and times in history and has inspired a love of reading in countless children all over the world.  The books are number one New York Times bestsellers – more than 100 million copies have been sold in North America alone. 

 
“Magic Tree House: Dinosaurs Before Dark” is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International. All Broadway Series and Children’s Series productions at The Media Theatre are produced by Media Music Theatre Company (MMTC). The Artistic Director for MMTC is Jesse Cline. “We are the first regional theatre in the Philadelphia area to produce this wonderful adaptation of the popular book,” Cline said. “The cast features a mix of adult actors with our New School students, which is an ideal opportunity for young performers.”
KATHERYN COOPER
The roles of Jack and Annie will be shared by two sets of young actors. Katheryn Cooper, of Glen Mills, and Media's  Justin Fitzgerald will portray the siblings for half of the show’s run, with West Chester's Lexi Gwynn and Michael Wells, of Springfield, entertaining audiences an equal amount of performances. All are students of MMTC’s New School, a conservatory-style music theatre education program for youth.
LEXI GWYNN
A group of trees narrates the story, led by MMTC’s Roger Ricker as Otto, the oldest living tree who remembers the time of the dinosaurs. Tim Woodward plays the role of Stump. 

Veronica Garrubbo, Charlee O’ Donnell, and Morgan Perry are the Red Pines. The Hemlocks are Hannah Brady, Theodora Greco, and Raechel McVey with the Saplings being portrayed by Jolie Jaffe and Madison Law. 

The first dinosaur Jack and Annie meet is Henry, a pteranodon, played by Carter Weiss. Next to come along are the humorous Triceratops, portrayed by Josh Atkinson, Tim Haney, and Danielle Lachall.

The Anatosaurus Mothers are Katie Davis, Shiron Denise, and Amber Duncan. Elaina Fitzgerald plays a younger Anatosaurus. 

The Iguanodons are Sean O’ Neill and Mary Kate Vink, with Panoplasaurus being represented by Jillian Donahue and Lauren Poltrock. The Anklosaurus are Jaydin Knight and Rachel McCabe. 

Not to be outdone, the smart Troodons are Holly Deluca, Mary Layne, and Alexsa McKeown. The Protoceratops and Baby Dinosaurs are Samuel Cooper, Miranda Fitzgerald, Sebastian Fitzgerald, and Bridget Henry. 

The show includes audience participation as smaller volunteers will be asked to join the Baby Dinosaurs on stage and the meanest member of the audience will get to play the role of the roaring T-Rex.

Songs include "Friend or Foe?", "When We Woke", and "March of the Dinosaurs".  “Magic Tree House: Dinosaurs Before Dark” is part of Music Theatre International’s KIDS collection. Audiences can have fun while going back in time Saturday mornings at 11am and Sundays at Noon at The Media Theatre, 104 East State Street in Media (directly across from Media Elementary School). The musical plays March 8 through May 25. Call 610-891-0100 for information and tickets, or visit mediatheatre.org
         

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

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

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 adaptation of Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett's play it is Dussell who often lends a bit of levity to the tense proceedings.
P. Brendan Mulvey, who portrays Dussell
P. Brendan Mulvey recently finished a run as Potiphar and Jacob in Cline's "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat". He has a long relationship with The Media Theatre, having appeared over the last decade in the productions "Show Boat" and "Titanic". In 2012, Mulvey was honored with the Walter M. Strine, Sr. Advocate of the Arts Award at the professional music theatre company's annual Gala. (An award named after the entrepreneur who transfored the historic location into a performing arts center in the 1994.) Mulvey has also been seen around the Philadelphia region including Bristol Riverside Theatre.
Actor P. Brendan Mulvey as he accepted the Walter M. Strine, Sr. Award during the 2012 Gala at Media Theatre. He stands on stage with Jesse Cline, Artistic Director
Terence Gleeson is also familiar to audiences in the area, having appeared in productions at Hedgerow, The Arden Theatre, Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre and in New Jersey. An acting teacher, he founded the Theatre program at Neumann University which currently celebrates 30 years of continuous production.
Terence Gleeson who is Kraler in the show
Sarah Lynn Dewey is also no stranger to The Media Theatre stage. Several years ago she appeared in two of its Youth Series productions. She's entertained audiences at Delaware's New Candlelight Theatre, and worked with Isis Productions and Act Out Theatre. 
Miep Gies is played by Sarah Lynn Dewey
Anne Frank's world for two years was dependent on family and friends in a cramped environment in Amsterdam. Without the important roles of Kraler, Miep Gies, and Dussell, we- the audience- would know much less about the young girl whose joy for life was inescapable. 

For tickets to "The Diary of Anne Frank" at The Media Theatre, which is a rare non-musical production for Artistic Director Jesse Cline, call 610-891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org. The show plays through Sunday, February 16. 



Sunday, February 9, 2014

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

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'll portray Gomez and Morticia in the regional premiere
During the Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and Christmas season "Les Miserables" (November 19, 2014 to January 11, 2015) brings its power to Delaware County's only professional music theatre. It's based on Victor Hugo's legendary novel focusing on Jean Valjean, the French peasant who steals a loaf of bread and spends almost two decades in prison. He is tracked down obsessively by police inspector Javert after he breaks his parole. The Tony winner has one iconic anthem after another in the Claude-Michel Schonberg score with lyrics by Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel.  While set during the French revolution, the musical reaches beyond the narrative of its story into the hearts of theatre-goers with titles such as "I Dreamed A Dream", "Castle On A Cloud", and "On My Own". 
January 28 to February 15 brings the play "The Miracle Worker", based on the true story of Helen Keller's relationship with her governess Anne Sullivan. Keller was rendered blind, deaf, and mute due to a childhood illness. William Gibson's play highlights the struggles of her family to control her wild behavior and their subsequent hiring of teacher Sullivan in an effort to assist their cause. The moving, triumphant show is a testament to the power of the human spirit. 
"Ghost: The Musical" has its Philadelphia regional premiere March 4-29, 2015. Based on the extremely popular film from 1990 which had fans swooning over Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore (and an Oscar winning performance from Whoopi Goldberg), it's as romantic as a musical can be. With a book by Bruce Joel Rubin and music from the Eurythmics' Dave Stewart, with assistance from Glen Ballard, the show maintains its narrative focus on Sam and Molly, the two lovers who are attacked upon returning home one evening causing Sam's death. An eccentric medium does what she can to help Sam get back in touch with his dear Molly. An interesting combination of our world and the afterlife, "Ghost: The Musical" is a touching tribute to love.

Jerry Herman's "Hello Dolly!" greets the spring April 15-May 17, 2015. Based on Thornton Wilder's "The Merchant Of Yonkers" (later revised to "The Matchmaker"), it won Best Musical, Best Book of A Musical, Best Score, and seven other Tony Awards in 1964. It's all about sassy and brassy Dolly Levi who travels to Yonkers searching for Horace Vandergelder. She stirs up the lives of his niece and his two store clerks as she manipulates the proceedings. Songs include "Before The Parade Passes By", "It Takes A Woman", "Put On Your Sunday Clothes" and the familiar trumpet-laced title tune. 

Media Music Theatre Company is the non-profit producing arm of award-winning professional productions at The Media Theatre. For two decades, the venue has offered both classic and contemporary titles. Subscriptions are available for the 2014-15 Broadway Series season by phone call only until February 17
After President's Day subscriptions will be available online at www.mediatheatre.org. Call 610-891-0100 for information. Jesse Cline is the Artistic Director. 








Thursday, February 6, 2014

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

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, eccentric, silent movie film star and Joe Gillis, 25 to 40, bari-tenor, an attractive struggling screenwriter.
Also seeking Max Von Mayerling, 50-70, bass baritone, intense former husband and now butler of Norma;  Betty Schaeffer, 25 to 35, mezzo soprano, belt, an up and coming writer and Joes love interest; Artie Green, 35-40 , baritone, Betty’s fiancĂ©; and Cecil B. Demille,  50-70, the legendary director.
Cline also seeks an ensemble to play various roles (actors, technicians, party guests, etc.)
Non-union performers will be seen as time permits for both dates. Please do not call the theatre. If you have questions or seek information, email Roger Ricker at rer764@gmail.com. 
Please prepare a song in the style of the show. Be prepared to move if asked. Music from the show is acceptable.
Rehearsals begin March 24 and the show opens April 16,  closing on May 18.  The Media Theatre operates under an LOA referenced to LORT. Jesse Cline, Artistic Director/ Director. www.mediatheatre.org

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

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

The Media Theatre'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).
Elisa Matthews
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 will sing on February 22. She has performed leading roles in “My Fair Lady” and “The Sound of Music”, also lending her talents to productions of “Jekyll and Hyde: The Musical” and “Dr. Dolittle”.
Brian Giebler
Media Music Theatre Company’s educational component is a very large part of its mission, and two young vocalists will join the Gala Concert to highlight this aspect. Lexi Gwynne, a student of the theatre’s New School conservatory-style music theatre program, and Austy Hicks, the 2013 “Vocalist” winner recently seen in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” and “Diary of Anne Frank”, will represent the theatre’s youth programs.

Special awards will be given to individuals and organizations that have been consistent supporters and advocates for the production company’s mission which is ‘to promote and nurture the imagination, diversity, and joy unique to music theatre by the production of new and classic works; to herald music theatre to young people as an art form that is relevant to their lives and to foster an understanding by them that it is indigenous to their cultural heritage’.

The first-ever Education Award will be given to Rita Frey. She, and her daughter Ellen Wineman who will accept the award on her mother’s behalf, have assisted The State Street Miracles. The Miracles are a performance troupe of adults with developmental disabilities who have become inspiring ambassadors for Media Music Theatre Company.

The prestigious Walter M. Strine, Sr., Award is also referred to as the Advocate of the Arts Award. It is named after the entrepreneur who renovated The Media Theatre and transformed it into a live performing arts center in 1994. This year’s honoree is Gwendolyn Haines. Due to her consistent advocacy the music theatre company has gained audiences and has seen growth within the educational component of its mission.

Gala evenings represent the perfect time of year to show support by being a sponsor or purchasing single tickets.  The evening will include a Live Auction presided over by professional auctioneer Jeffry Cadorette of Media Real Estate and Media Rotary. Auction items may be found on the theatre’s website.


Not simply a beautiful structure steeped in history, The Media Theatre is now known worldwide as the home of The Media Music Theatre Company created by the visionary artistic direction of Mr. Jesse Cline. Cline and his staff of creative designers and directors have been awarded over 20 "Best Of" honors from prestigious media outlets such as Broadway World, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The New York Daily News, Main Line Today Magazine, DelcoNewsNetwork, and the Delaware County Daily Times.

For tickets or information, call 610-891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org. Individual Gala tickets are available as well as sponsorship packages.



Tuesday, February 4, 2014

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

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".
Victoria Mayo
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, Victoria was also seen in Media's "Spring Awakening" as Thea. She's been an actress for most of her life as her mother, Carmela, owns and operates a dance studio. "I'm looking forward to bringing life to the fun role of Millie," Victoria said. "And working at Media is an added bonus since it puts me close to Mom."
Lauren Cupples
Lauren Cupples returns to Media's stage following her run as The Narrator in "Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat". She plays Florence in the show which she describes as "a female doo-wop musical, similar to "Forever Plaid" with its humor and familiar harmonies". She won the first "Delco Idol" contest at The Media Theatre in 2005 and since then has performed there frequently and has performed in Florida and other areas on the East Coast.
Ashli Rian Rice
Ashli Rian Rice, seen in "Hairspray" and "Rent" at Media, returns in the role of Sally. She's performed at the Apollo Theatre and Kennedy Center. One of her proudest moments was singing the National Anthem for the NSCAA Convention at the PA Convention Center in Philadelphia. She's been in productions elsewhere, including "All Shook Up" at the Ritz and the Asian International Tour of "Fame". 
Megan Rucidlo
Megan Rucidlo, also of Delco and Manahattan, takes on the fun role of Dee Dee. She's just been seen in Media's "Joseph" musical over the past holiday season and before that was in "Spamalot" and "Dr. Dolittle". Rucidlo stays busy in Media when not in a Broadway Series production as the choreographer for its New School, a conservatory-style music theatre education program for ages 8 and up. She's been in the television movie "Deadly Affairs" with Emmy winner Susan Lucci and regionally in productions of "Dames at Sea", "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change!" and "I Do, I Do". 

Media's production of "Why Do Fools Fall  In Love?" is a regional Philadelphia premiere. It's directed and choreographed by Broadway World Award winner Dann Dunn. Music direction is by Scott Anthony, who also instructs Media Music Theatre Company's New School. Costumes are by Whitney Rayl, with lights by Robert Towarnicki on a set design by Robert White.

For tickets to "Why Do Fools Fall In Love?" visit mediatheatre.org or call 610-891-0100. The rockin' '60's musical inspires with its focus on friendship and classic tunes. Matinee and evening performances February 26-March 30. Media Music Theatre Company's Artistic Director is Jesse Cline. 


Monday, February 3, 2014

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

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 "Love Story, The Musical". He's also performed in "Baby Case", "The Sound of Music", "1776", "The Who's Tommy", and "The Crucible". He is a graduate of Oklahoma City University. He's been a featured soloist in Vienna and Graz, Austria with the orchestras of Dallas and Tulsa. 


Anne Connors has portrayed several iconic leading female roles in classic musicals including Sally Bowles in "Cabaret", Charity in "Sweet Charity", and "Mame". Other credits include Babette in "Beauty and the Beast", Bombalurina in "Cats", April in "Company" and Jessica in "Curtains". On the big screen, she's been seen in the movies "Girl Interrupted", "A Chorus Line", and "Penn and Teller Get Killed". Daytime television audiences may remember her in "One Life to Live" and "All My Children". 


In Media's production, the role of their son Peter is portrayed by two teen actors who each perform three or four times per week: Austy Hicks and Owen Mannion. You may find information regarding the teen actors in an earlier blog post. 

To see "The Diary of Anne Frank" which plays through February 16 visit mediatheatre.org for tickets or call 610-891-0100.