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WHO'S WHO IN SUNSET BOULEVARD---PATRICK LUDT

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The Media Theatre presents the Tony winning musical Sunset Boulevard now throughMay18, Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s magnificent take on Billy Wilder’s legendary film focusing on the silent film star Norma Desmond as she hopes for a return to screen glory during the advent of the talkies.
Tony nominee Ann Crumb plays Norma Desmond in director Jesse Cline’s production. She is joined by a stellar cast. This Who’s Who series will place the spotlight on several of the other cast members in the show which runs April 16-May 18. The musical is brought to The Media Theatre stage by Media Music Theatre Company.
The role of Artie Green is played by Patrick Ludt, a familiar face to Media Theatre audiences due to his stellar performances in shows as Roger in “Rent”, Sir Robin in “Spamalot”, and the title role (roles?) in the demanding “Jekyll and Hyde: The Musical”. His relationship with The Media Theatre and Cline spans almost a decade, also including supporting roles in “My Fair Lady” and “Forever Pl…

MEDIA THEATRE'S CLINE AND WARD RECEIVE AWARD FROM VETERAN'S MUSEUM

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Jesse Cline and Patrick Ward, the Artistic Director and Executive Director of The Media Theatre, received a special acknowledgement during Veteran’s Night for the current production of “Sunset Boulevard”. 
The Outstanding Partnership Award was presented to them by Ed Buffman of The Pennsylvania Veterans Museum, honoring their 12 years of working together with Veteran’s Night presentations at the theatre during which veterans receive a special reception and are recognized for their great service to the country.In accepting the special plaque which will be placed in the theatre’s lobby, Patrick Ward said, “Actually it is we who feel honored to have a partnership with the veterans. Your presence here is a special thing which we look forward to.”
At each Veteran’s Night one combat veteran is placed in the spotlight for his or her service prior to the evening’s musical production. The tradition has been taking place for the past 12 years several times per year during The Media Theatre’s Broa…

WHO'S WHO IN '13, THE MUSICAL'...JACOB TRACEY AND EVELYN SCHIAVONE

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The Media Music Theatre Company (MMTC) in Media, PA and The Wilmington Drama League in Wilmington, DE have partnered to bring Jason Robert Brown’s high-energy “13,The Musical” to Media for two weekends May 30 – June 8. 
The production features thirteen talented actors from the Delaware and Pennsylvania areas who have found a unique kinship performing this entertaining and insightful musical together.  In this blog series, the actors share their insights on being a teen, the show, and each other.
Jacob Tracey, one of the oldest actors in the show, plays the ditsy Malcom.  He has been influenced immensely by his experience performing in “13”: “I’m inspired to become more open and to come out of my shell even more into a whole new world.” 
Actress Evelyn Schiavone who struts her stuff as the gossipy Molly agrees: “I relate to it a lot because I’m 13, and I feel all the same emotions as all of the characters in the story.”
And what a story! The musical chronicles the trials and tribulations o…

SUNSET BOULEVARD RECEIVES RAVE REVIEWS FROM PHILLY CRITICS

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The current production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical "Sunset Boulevard", directed by Jesse Cline and featuring Tony nominee Ann Crumb as Norma Desmond, is receiving critical acclaim from Philadelphia theatre critics.

The show, based on Billy Wilder's classic film noir, is all about a silent screen star desperate for a return to film glory. She believes a young screenwriter, Joe Gillis (Sean Thompson) is her ticket to recapturing her glory days. The score includes several show-stopping numbers including Norma's "With One Look" and "It's As If We Never Said Goodbye".


Neal Zoren, a theatre critic in the Philadelphia region who travels to Broadway and abroad frequently to London's West End, said "Ann Crumb's Norma Desmond is one of the finest and most exhilarating performances you will ever see--It's a work of art."
Of Cline's direction, he says the production highlight's Cline's "deftness as a director o…

MEDIA THEATRE RECEIVES PROCLAMATION FROM US SENATE FOR 20TH ANNIVERSARY

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The Media Theatre is currently celebrating its 20th Anniversary Season.
After receiving congratulations from the Pennsylvania State Senate, we now have received an official proclamation from the US SENATE, signed by Senator Pat Toomey.
We are very appreciative of all of the support!

The proclamation reads:"Whereas, The Media Theatre for the Performing Arts celebrated its twentieth anniversary at its annual gala on February 22, 2014; and,
Whereas, The theatre was constructed in 1927 by Samuel Dembow as Media's third and largest movie theatre. It served for nearly 75 years as a movie palace displaying the magic of motion pictures to generations of Media residents. The theatre was also the site for vaudeville shows, Media High School graduations and community events; and,
Whereas, Walter Strine, Sr. purchased the theatre and converted it into the Media Theatre for the Performing Arts in 1994 to honor his wife, Elizabeth, and her lifelong love of music; and,
Whereas, in 2000 the Societ…

FIRST LOOK...PICS FROM MEDIA THEATRE'S 'SUNSET BOULEVARD'

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The Media Theatre's production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's take on "Sunset Boulevard", the classic 1950 film noir, is on now through May 18. Broadway's Tony nominee Ann Crumb (nominated for "Anna Karenina") portrays Norma Desmond, the former silent film star desperate for a return to motion picture glory. She has also been seen on The Great White Way in "Aspects of Love", "Chess", "Les Miserables", and more.

First three shots below taken by Mark Jordan; fourth shot pre-production by Maura McConnell. Philadelphia's Sean Thompson, seen on The Media Theatre stage in "Forever Plaid", "Oliver!" and "Dr. Dolittle", plays Joe Gillis, a young screenwriter drawn into Norma's web of manipulation.
The show is directed by Jesse Cline, winner of 2013's Broadway World Award for Best Director of a Musical in Philadelphia for "Mame".For tickets call 610-891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org.

Magic Tree House - Dinosaurs Before Dark Promo

13 The Musical Promo - Media Music Theatre Company

WHO'S WHO IN MEDIA'S SUNSET BOULEVARD: NICHOLAS SAVERINE

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The Media Theatre presents the Tony winning musical Sunset Boulevard April 16-May18, Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s magnificent take on Billy Wilder’s legendary film focusing on the silent film star Norma Desmond as she hopes for a return to screen glory during the advent of the talkies.
Tony nominee Ann Crumb plays Norma Desmond in director Jesse Cline’s production. She is joined by a stellar cast. This Who’s Who series will place the spotlight on several of the other cast members in the show which runs April 16-May 18. The musical is brought to The Media Theatre stage by Media Music Theatre Company.
The role of Max- Norma Desmond’s butler, protector, and enabler of her delusional world-is played by Broadway veteran Nicholas Saverine. He was seen on The Great White Way in two of the world’s most popular musicals: Les Miserables and The Phantom of The Opera. He has a long relationship with Les Miz, having also appeared in its National Tour. Other National Tours he has performed include Pira…

WHO'S WHO IN MEDIA'S SUNSET BOULEVARD: KELLY BRIGGS

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The Media Theatre presents the Tony winning musical Sunset Boulevard April 16-May18. It's Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s take on Billy Wilder’s legendary film focusing on the silent film star Norma Desmond as she hopes for a return to screen glory during the advent of the talkies.
Tony nominee Ann Crumb plays Norma Desmond in director Jesse Cline’s production. She is joined by a stellar cast. This Who’s Who series will place the spotlight on several of the other cast members in the show. The musical is brought to The Media Theatre stage by Media Music Theatre Company.

Kelly Briggs plays the role of Cecil B. Demille, the legendary film director who Desmond approaches in order to fulfill her return to glory. He was last seen on The Media Theatre stage as Mr. Babcock alongside Andrea McArdle in 2013’s Mame also directed by Cline. That production traveled to the renowned Bucks County Playhouse and won several Broadway World Awards for “Best of Philadelphia Theatre” including an honor for Br…

UNIQUE THEATRE PARTNERSHIP BRINGS '13: THE MUSICAL" TO THE MEDIA THEATRE THIS SPRING

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The Media Music Theatre Company (MMTC) in Media, PA and The Wilmington Drama League in Wilmington, DE have partnered to bring Jason Robert Brown’s high-energy “13,The Musical” to Media for two weekends May 30 – June 8. This unique arrangement was born after executives from the only professional music theatre in Delaware County attended a performance in Wilmington to support one of its talented New School students, Gianni Palmarini. The 13-year-old singer, actor and former “Delco Idol Junior” winner (Media Theatre’s showcase for youth and student performers recently renamed “The Vocalist”), Palmarini was cast in the role of the conflicted Jewish teen Evan Goldman. 
Impressed by the production and the stellar young talent in the show, Media’s Artistic Director Jesse Cline decided Wilmington’s “13” had to be seen by a wider audience.Cline feels strongly that the partnership exemplifies its mission to support and showcase young talent.  “We at Media Music Theatre Company have an obligation…

WHO'S WHO IN MEDIA'S SUNSET BOULEVARD: SEAN THOMPSON

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This is the second in our special Who’s Who in The Media Theatre’s production of Sunset Boulevard series. With each of these features, we meet a cast member who assists director Jesse Cline in bringing this Tony winning musical to the stage. It is a Philadelphia professional premiere starring Tony nominee Ann Crumb as Norma Desmond, the silent screen star aching for a return to motion picture glory. It’s based on Billy Wilder’s legendary cinematic classic with a memorable score from Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Sean Thompson plays the role of Joe Gillis. Sean has been seen several times on The Media Theatre stage. Last season he was one of the four young men in the popular production “Forever Plaid” and was also seen in “Dr. Dolittle”.


All in all, Thompson has done nearly 40 professional productions in regional theatres in Pennsylvania, New York, Kansas, Missouri, California, and the Virginia/ DC area. He has appeared as Lancelot in Camelot, Curly in Oklahoma, Willy in I Married An Angel, and …

MEDIA THEATRE ASSISTS IN LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL MOCK CRASH EVENTS

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For the past several years, The Media Theatre has been a part of Mock Crash events at local high schools. These events provide insight for students into the dangers of driving under the influence and texting while driving among other issues we tend to bring upon ourselves.

The Media Theatre provides the make-up for the students involved in the events, as well as two or three adult actors for each Mock Crash. The actors portray grieving family members or accident victims.

The Delaware County Daily Times, in an article published April 3, 2014, has more information regarding the events organized by Main Line Health and sponsored by State Farm Insurance. READ DAILY TIMES ARTICLE HERE

The Media Theatre's website is mediatheatre.org

Media Theatre Recognized By Pennsylvania State Senate for 20 Years of Professional Music Theatre

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The Pennsylvania State Senate, in a proclamation from Senator Dominic Pileggi and Senator Edwin B. Erickson, recognized The Media Theatre for the momentous occasion of its twentieth anniversary in producing professional Broadway musicals.
The proclamation reads, in part, "The Senate of Pennsylvania takes great pride in recognizing those organizations which, through adherence to the highest standards of service, contribute in a meaningful way toward a better and more productive society."

It goes on to mention a brief history of The Media Theatre, followed by "Lauded as the only professional theatre in Delaware County, The Media Theatre for the Performing Arts produces five Broadway Series musicals and a children's series each year, and it is home to The Media Music Theatre Company."

A mention is given to the theatre's School of The Theatre, its outreach programs to the community, and its economic impact on the region. 

Further, a wish is given for future success…

WHO'S WHO IN MEDIA THEATRE'S 'SUNSET BOULEVARD': ELISA MATTHEWS

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The Media Theatre presents the Tony winning musical Sunset Boulevard, Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s magnificent take on Billy Wilder’s legendary film focusing on the silent film star Norma Desmond as she hopes for a return to screen glory during the advent of the talkies.
Tony nominee Ann Crumb plays Norma Desmond in director Jesse Cline’s production. She is joined by a stellar cast. This Who’s Who series will place the spotlight on each actor in the show which runs April 16-May 18.Elisa Matthews portrays the role of Betty Schaeffer. Elisa is well known to Media Theatre audiences, having portrayed a few of the most iconic roles ever written for musical theatre actresses. She appeared in Cline’s production of My Fair Lady as Eliza Dolittle, and appeared in the beloved role of Maria von Trapp in Media’s The Sound of Music. She was Grace in Annie and took on the dramatic portrayal of Emma in Jekyll and Hyde: The Musical. All of these performances, including her time as Betty in Sunset Bouleva…