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DISNEY'S 'CINDERELLA' IS AT THE MEDIA THEATRE WEEKENDS THIS SUMMER

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Disney and fairy tales have become synonymous over the decades due to the animated cinematic treatments given to classics such as “Cinderella”. Disney’s “Cinderella” may be seen live onstage at The Media Theatre weekends in June, July, and August beginning June 7.
Released by Walt Disney Studios in 1950, the film is one of their most successful adaptations. The story of “Cinderella” has always been one that many relate to, so when Disney added its brand of humor and song to tell the tale of the young lady who dreams of meeting a handsome Prince the legendary story took on new life. Ever since, when “Cinderella” is mentioned it is Disney’s version that first comes to mind.
The Media Theatre has Disney’s “Cinderella” on stage Saturdays at 11am and Sundays at Noon. It’s referred to as the “KIDS” version due to its shortened length and a cast which features young actors in many roles. The stage adaptation includes the beloved songs such as “Bibbidee Bobbidee Boo” and “A Dream Is A Wish Your…

CAMP MEDIA THEATRE HAS SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE

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Camp Media Theatre is entering its fifteenth summer having become a very popular educational experience for hundreds of youth from Delaware County and the surrounding region. Media Music Theatre Company, which produces and maintains the Camp each summer, has received a grant allocated toward scholarships for this award-winning educational and fun experience.
The 50% scholarships are applicable toward any of the five two-week sessions as well as toward the “Fiddler On The Roof” Camp project.
Those interested in applying for a 50% Camp Media Theatre Scholarship must meet certain criteria and fill out an application form. Please email rer764@gmail.com if interested in applying for this special scholarship.
 “Each year we have three age groups which have daily classes in vocal music, dance, and acting,” explained Artistic Director Jesse Cline. “During the latter part of the day camp, all three age groups work together in putting a show together which is seen by family and friends the final e…

WHO'S WHO IN '13, THE MUSICAL'....FELIPE ROCHA AND WYATT MCMANUS

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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 the fifth of this blog series, Felipe Rocha and Wyatt McManus share their experiences with the musical and cast. Both are embracing life as teenagers and all this unique time has to offer. Rocha also relies on support from his friends, parents, and sister. “Being a teenager can be the hardest, yet best thing to be,” he said.  “We are at an age where we are too old to be kids and too young to be adults.  However it is great to know we have friends and family who can walk with us on the journey.”
It’s a journey everyone takes, so that’s why they both feel “13 The Musical” has so much to of…

WHO'S WHO IN '13, THE MUSICAL'...BRANDEN FLETCHER AND KYRA MCKILLIP

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The Media Music Theatre Company (MMTC) in Media, PA and 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 the fourth of this blog series, two more actors share their insights on the show and growing up.
For Branden Fletcher and Kyra McKillip, being cast in "13 The Musical" has been inspiring. Fletcher can actually truly relate to the story of the show. Like Evan Goldman in the musical he, too, recently moved from NYC to a less inhabited region. “The issues that happen in my everyday life are what happens in 13.” Both Fletcher and McKillip have been on stage over the years. McKillip was inspired by her cast members. “The musical inspired me to see things in a different light," she…

2014 'VOCALIST' CONTESTANTS ANNOUNCED...VOTE ONLINE...SUBSCRIPTIONS AVAILABLE, TOO!

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Young singers are preparing to wow audiences this summer at The Media Theatre with Broadway songs, pop hits, country classics, and youth favorites. They’re the 2014  “Vocalist” and “Vocalist Junior” contestants, culled from recent auditions held by Media Music Theatre Company, which produces the event each summer. Nearly 120 aspiring singers auditioned for the contest, with 40 being chosen to participate in both categories. As was the case last summer, when the contest switched its title from “Delco Idol” to the more relevant “Vocalist”, each contestant has ample opportunity to showcase their skills--No one is eliminated until after Week Three. For the first three weeks contestants in both versions of “The Vocalist” will receive equal opportunity, recognition, and deserved applause. 

"Audiences will actually get to see each contestants grow," said the music theatre company's Artistic Director Jesse Cline. "The contestants will feel more at home on the stage as they ha…

WHO'S WHO IN '13, THE MUSICAL'....KATIE LOFTUS AND NOLAN MOSS

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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 the third of this blog series, two more actors share their insights on the show and growing up.
For thirteen-year-old performers Nolan Moss and Katie Loftus being in 13 The Musical has been a great joy—and an opportunity to raise the bar for themselves. “The show has made me try to be a better performer,” says Moss,  “because I’m working with so many talented kids.”
Loftus, who plays cheerleader Cassie, believes the show’s themes on friendship resonate: “The show has made me really think about what I say and how bad it can hurt people.  I’m really trying to be nicer and consider other peo…

MEDIA THEATRE'S GIANNI PALMARINI TAKES LEAD IN '13' MUSICAL MAY 30-JUNE 8

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Media Theatre New School student Gianni Palmarini is one of the main reasons for “13: The Musical” appearing on The Media Theatre stage May 30-June 8. This is due to his involvement with the production when it was produced earlier this year by the Wilmington Drama League.
The Jason Robert Brown musical captured Gianni’s attention when he heard about auditions for “13” taking place at the Wilmington, Delaware theatre company. The score was enticing, and the story chronicling the lives of middle school students facing the difficulties that come with friendships, divorce, health challenges and young love was irresistible. He is, like the characters in the musical, 13 years old and is facing the realities of being a teen. "The musical brilliantly narrates the life of a normal 13 year old who is going through some of the same challenges real teens are going through,” explains Palmarini.  “It reminds us that you are going to fail, and you just have to pick yourself back up and take anoth…

SUBSCRIBER AND SPONSOR RECEPTION HAS 'SUNSET BOULEVARD' AUDIENCE LOOKING TOWARD 2014-15 MEDIA THEATRE SEASON

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An invitation-only audience of subscribers and sponsors brought a new wave of optimism to The Media Theatre during a private reception Thursday May 8. The event took place prior to the evening's performance of "Sunset Boulevard" directed by Jesse Cline, the Artistic Director for Media Music Theatre Company (MMTC). Cline oversees all Broadway Series productions produced by MMTC at The Media Theatre.

With eager anticipation and an overwhelming attitude of positive energy flowing along with the complimentary wine, guests were treated to a special performance in the Crystal Room by members of the "Sunset Boulevard" cast and two young rising stars from its New School.

The next number was also from the upcoming 2014-15 Broadway Series. JD Triolo, seen last spring alongside the legendary Andrea McArdle in Cline's award-winning production of "Mame", belted out a super rendition of "What If" from "The Addams Family". The comic musical bas…

MORE PICS FROM MEDIA THEATRE'S 'SUNSET BOULEVARD'

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The Media Theatre's Philadelphia regional professional premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Tony winning musical "Sunset Boulevard", based on the legendary 1950 film, is on stage through May 18. Take a look at the photos below to see what is causing audiences to give the show standing ovations. Photos by Mark Jordan. 

Directed by Jesse Cline, the production features Broadway's Ann Crumb as silent screen star Norma Desmond who is hoping for a return to the big screen. Sean Thompson plays the role of Joe Gillis, the young screenwriter who Norma believes is her conduit to a return to glory.
To see Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Sunset Boulevard" in its Philly premiere at The Media Theatre, call 610-891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org