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MEDIA THEATRE DELCO IDOL SINGER AUDRA LYNN MCLAUGHLIN IS ON NBC'S 'THE VOICE'

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Back when The Media Theatre's "The Vocalist" singing competition was titled "Delco Idol" a young singer from Glenolden, Audra Lynn McLaughlin, appeared in the summer contest. 

She was a contestant in the "Delco Idol" competition, working with Artistic Director Jesse Cline in 2007 and 2008. She was a finalist in "Idol" both years, wowing both the judges and the audience with her powerhouse vocals on pop and country hits.

Now, on NBC's hit Emmy-winning singing sensation which regularly beats "American Idol" in the ratings, McLaughlin had two of the judges--Adam Levine and Blake Shelton--turn around during the blind auditions on the show. She picked Shelton to be her coach as country music is her passion. 

UPDATE: MCLAUGHLIN WAS VOTED BY TV VIEWERS TO MOVE FORWARD AFTER HER FIRST 'LIVE' ROUND PERFORMANCE! She is now one of the top ten contestants.
McLaughlin won her battle rounds on the hit show, which was shown mid-March on N…

CAMP MEDIA THEATRE IS A REWARDING EXPERIENCE AT DELCO'S ONLY PROFESSIONAL MUSIC THEATRE

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Camp Media Theatre is gearing up for its 14th summer with five two-week sessions focusing on acting, vocal music, and choreography.The 2014 music theatre camp begins June 16.
At the end of each two week session, campers perform a show with their original scenes and popular Broadway songs. “Camp Media Theatre is an extraordinary and exciting opportunity for young actors to study,” said Artistic Director Jesse Cline. “With daily classes in the three aspects of music theatre, campers study in a fun environment with professional directors, performers, and technicians. It’s a two-week day camp that is a rewarding experience at Delaware County's only professional music theatre.” Camp Media Theatre does not utilize scripted scenes that have been performed previously.“The campers write and perform their own theatre piece,” Cline said. “The acting scenes are created through improvisational exercises in the acting class, and the show includes Broadway songs and choreographed movement as well…

WHY DO FOOLS FALL IN LOVE CONTINUES AT MEDIA THEATRE THRU MARCH 30

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Roger Bean's jukebox musical "Why Do Fools Fall In Love" which features four young ladies singing about the men in their lives continues through March 30 at The Media Theatre.The ladies begin discussing their love lives at an unplanned party at bride-to-be Millie's apartment. As the drinks flow, the songs commence. With a score of familiar 1960's tunes like "He's A Rebel" and "I Will Follow Him", the show has a fun atmosphere while it also has its more serious side when Millie reveals things about her fiance. 
The 90-minute production has its Philadelphia regional premiere at The Media Theatre and makes for a great ladies night out. The cast is made up of Lauren Cupples, Victoria Mayo, Ashli Rian Rice, and Megan Rucidlo--all Delaware County natives. Cupples now resides in Chester County, while Mayo has relocated to NYC and Rucidlo has a home base in Center City Philadelphia. 
Dann Dunn directs and choreographs the show, with music direction …

STATE STREET MIRACLES CONTINUE INSPIRING AS AMBASSADORS FOR THE MEDIA THEATRE

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The Media Theatre's State Street Miracles, a performance troupe of adults with developmental disabilities, continue to spread the joy of music and dance while increasing awareness of the talents and abilities of people like themselves.The Miracles started their Spring 2014 rehearsals at The Media Theatre on Saint Patrick's Day, donning green to celebrate the occasion. They'll continue rehearsing their repertoire for two months as they prepare to perform at local schools, clubs, or regional venues. They've been entertaining and inspiring for six years. It's a common occurrence for The Miracles to receive standing ovations, as they inspire with songs like "Don't Stop Believin'", "We Are The World", and "That's What Friends Are For". Their musical theater selections include songs from "The King and I" and "The Sound of Music". Their finale often includes "God Bless America". Their performances are…

VOCALIST COMPETITION HAS AUDITIONS MAY 12, 13, AND 14 and Read About FIDDLER Camp

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READ ABOUT 'FIDDLER' CAMP HERE

It’s time once again for “The Vocalist” competition at The Media Theatre. The region’s premier vocal contest heads into its ninth summer with a title that is representative of the professional music theatre company’s mission. 
Previously titled “Delco Idol” and renamed “The Vocalist” in 2013, it sets the tone for The Media Theatre’s focus on musicals and music theatre education. It is produced by Media Music Theatre Company, the professional non-profit music theatre organization which has a full season each year with its Broadway Series and youth programming.
Auditions for “The Vocalist” will be held Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday May 12, 13, and 14 from 6pm to 8pm. The contest produced several winners who have gone on to appear in professional productions at The Media Theatre and at other regional theatres.
As is the norm, there will also be a Junior version of the vocal contest. All ages may audition on the same nights and will be placed in the pro…

CAMP MEDIA THEATRE IS A FUN WAY TO STAY FOCUSED ON MUSIC THEATRE THIS SUMMER

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Children and teens have been singing and dancing at The Media Theatre each summer for more than a decade as participants in Camp Media Theatre. Now headed into its 14th summer, the camp first opened in June of 2001 with only 30 members. It’s grown into one of Delaware County’s most popular summer camps with registration of over 250 youth each summer who enjoy learning more about theatre while having a good time with others who share a similar interest. It is part of the educational component of Media Music Theatre Company’s mission.


With five two-week day camp sessions to choose from, plus a “Fiddler On The Roof” camp, there are plenty of opportunities for budding thespians, singers, and dancers.
Artistic Director Jesse Cline looks forward to Camp Media Theatre. “Each year we have more children sign up for the camp,” he said. “With the growth of our New School conservatory-style music theatre education program September through April, plus the success of our youth musicals, the camp i…

MEDIA THEATRE ANNOUNCES 'SUNSET BOULEVARD' CAST

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The Media Theatre presents the regional premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony winning musical “Sunset Boulevard” April 16-May 18. The show, based on Billy Wilder’s classic 1950 film, is produced by Media Music Theatre Company (MMTC), the non-profit music theatre organization that brings professional musicals to the historic venue. Jesse Cline is its Artistic Director.
Cline will direct “Sunset Boulevard” which features Broadway actress and Tony nominee Ann Crumb as Norma Desmond, the silent movie star who longs for a return to the big screen. Crumb has collaborated with Cline previously in MMTC’s “Wings”, “Master Class”, and “Souvenir”. She recently portrayed The Lady of The Lake in MMTC’s “Spamalot”. She received her Tony nomination for starring in Broadway’s “Anna Karenina”. Her previous Broadway credits include “Les Miserables”, “Chess”, and Webber’s “Aspects of Love”.
Nicholas Saverine is Max, Norma’s first husband and butler. Saverine has appeared in Broadway’s “Phantom of The Ope…

SPRING SESSION OF ACTING CLASSES STARTS UP END OF MARCH

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Those wishing to pursue a career in acting may choose from a variety of courses at The Media Theatre beginning the weekend of March 29. The Spring session of classes offer acting lessons weekly for children through adults. The Improvisation Class with Second City Training Center's Robert Huntington continues as well.
All Media Theatre actingclasses follow the Sanford Meisner Technique, which is based on the premise that, as the legendary actingteacher stated, "Acting is living as truthfully as one can under an imaginary circumstance."
When you register for actingclasses you are providing a revenue source which benefits Media Music Theatre Company, which is a non-profit organization.There are two levels of instruction for children, both one hour per week. Level One Acting takes place Saturdays at 9am for ages 5 to 9 starting March 29, or for those who are just starting out with an interest in theatre. The 10-week course is structured to include exercises which assist basic …

TONY NOMINEE ANN CRUMB TO STAR IN MEDIA THEATRE'S 'SUNSET BOULEVARD'

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Tony nominated actress AnnCrumb will portray Norma Desmond in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical “Sunset Boulevard” at The Media Theatre April 16-May 18. She will once again be directed by Media Music Theatre Company’s Artistic Director Jesse Cline in this production.
“Sunset Boulevard” is Webber’s Tony winning musical based on the classic 1950 Billy Wilder film in which a faded silent movie star believes she has a chance to make a comeback on the silver screen. Time Magazine said the show features “Webber’s most artfully constructed score”.
AnnCrumb recently appeared on The Media Theatre stage to critical acclaim as the Lady of The Lake in Monty Python’s “Spamalot”. She has a long standing working relationship with director Cline and has appeared in his productions of “Master Class”, “Wings”, “Souvenir” and “The Who’s Tommy”.
AnnCrumb was nominated for the Tony Award when she appeared in “Anna Karenina.” She has appeared on almost every regional theatre stage in the Philadelphia region, with…