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SUE SERIO AND BILL VARGUS EMCEE MEDIA THEATRE'S 'THE VOCALIST 2014'

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The Media Theatre's summer singing contests “The Vocalist” (starting July 9) and its Junior counterpart (begins July 13) will have a popular husband and wife team emceeing the weekly event. 
FOX-TV’s morning anchor Sue Serio returns for her fifth summer with “The Vocalist” and Bill Vargus returns to emcee the “Junior” version of the competition. Previously titled “Delco Idol”, the contest will be sponsored by Iron Workers Bank of Media and Aston.Sue Serio, seen by thousands of viewers on FOX-TV’S “Good Day Philadelphia” weekday mornings, looks forward to returning to the summer’s singing sensation. She will emcee the Wednesday night contest in which talented youth ages 14-24 vie for the title of “The Vocalist 2014”.
“Summer without The Media Theatre’s singing contest is like a summer without the sun,” Serio said, as she is always quick to remind the region of her on-air weather personality. “It’s a main ingredient to the summer months in Delaware County. I’m very happy to be a part…

IRON WORKERS BANK SPONSORS MEDIA THEATRE'S 'VOCALIST' CONTEST

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Iron Workers Bank sponsors The Media Theatre's "Vocalist" contest again this summer, working with the professional music theatre company to highlight aspiring young singers in the annual event. 

John Whitig, the President of Iron Workers Bank, said, "We enjoy being able to support these young singers each summer. It's our privilege to assist The Media Theatre with this important part of its educational and entertainment programming."

Iron Workers Bank has been the title sponsor for the singing contest, previously titled "Delco Idol", for the past 6 years. 


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. 
"The Vocalist" begins Wednesday night July 9 at 7pm, continuing for five wee…

Breaking News: PUBLIC'S VOTE NOW CARRIES MORE WEIGHT WITH 'VOCALIST' CONTEST

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Each year, The Media Theatre’s summer singing competition stays relevant with new exciting features while it maintains its core value of being a starting ground for aspiring young performers. This year is no exception, with new regulations allowing the general public—and therefore family and friends of the contestants—to have more ‘weight’ in the voting process.

The guest judges and Artistic Director Jesse Cline (the one constant judge) will still have their ballots and the categories of Song Choice, Song Interpretation, and Stage Presence. Cline’s ballot will still have the added category of Individualism.
But now, before any contestants are eliminated after Week Three of the contest, a singer will receive “Immunity” from being eliminated all due to the public’s vote. The top vote-getter with online votes and ticket sales directly attributed to them each of the first three weeks will become automatically ‘SAFE’ from being eliminated.
Here’s how you can assist your favorite contestant i…

NEW! INTRODUCTION TO THEATRE CLASS FOR AGES 4, 5 & 6

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This fall, a new INTRODUCTION TO THEATRE CLASS will become a part of the educational opportunities available at The Media Theatre. This venture into the first steps of becoming an actor will be designed for ages 4, 5, and 6.

Beginning Tuesday September 9 at 3pm, the INTRODUCTION TO THEATRE CLASS will meet weekly for 10 weeks. The one hour sessions are designed as a fun first look at what it takes to be on stage and will include lessons on following instruction, learning simple stage directions, and acting out roles relevant to the young age group.

Suited perfectly for ages 4, 5, and 6, we will tell a story each week and then 'Act It Out'. The story may be different each time we meet, plus instill within the very young that being themselves is very important.  The children will, for example, 'be their favorite zoo animal', 'walk in the rain or snow', 'be Cinderella or Prince Charming' and 'create rainbows' as we learn that working together is also …

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF CAST ANNOUNCED--Celebrate the Musical's 50th Anniversary This Summer!

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A young cast, appearing on stage with several well known local adult actors, will bring the legendary Tony winning musical “Fiddler On The Roof” to life on The Media Theatre stage July 11-August 10. 

Produced by Media Music Theatre Company, “Fiddler” is steeped in “Tradition” which is one of its most well-known songs. It continues the tradition of a popular summer musical performed by youth at The Media Theatre while it reminds audiences of its moving and powerful story of Tevye. He's got has five daughters, which is a lot to deal with as they become more mature. He's also attempting to maintain his familial and Jewish traditions while outside influences encroach upon their lives. The show reaches all ages with its heartfelt story and universal message of hope and endurance amidst turmoil and changing times.


"Fiddler" is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year and, unlike many legendary musicals, has never lost its unique relationship with its audiences. Songs inclu…

AUDIENCES HAVE MUCH TO ENJOY AT THE MEDIA THEATRE THIS SUMMER WITH TRADITION AND CLASSICS

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The summer months are the perfect time for The Media Theatre to focus on its youth programs and productions, as school is out and families seek entertainment after spending time in the pool or participating in a favorite activity. Audiences have much to enjoy at The Media Theatre now through August. 
The young actors and performers at Media Music Theatre Company will be involved in their favorite activity all summer long highlighting talents in Camp Media Theatre, Disney’s classic “Cinderella”, the legendary “Fiddler On The Roof”, and the annual singing competition “The Vocalist”. Several of them will also be featured in Roger Ricker’s annual concert, titled “UP!” Tickets are available for all performances.

It all begins with Camp Media Theatre, happening now through August 22. The day camp, with five two-week sessions annually, meets Monday through Friday each week from 9:30am to 3:30pm. The campers are separated into appropriate age groups as they have daily class rehearsals in vocal …

ANOTHER MEDIA THEATRE STUDENT HITS THE BIG TIME WITH NEW SPIELBERG SERIES

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The past 12 months have been a banner year for students of The Media Theatre's New School and acting classes.One student appeared in a Broadway show while her brother toured the East Coast in a National Tour, while at the same time another had a supporting role in a Walnut Street Theatre production. Still another was the reason for a successful run of "13" to transfer from Wilmington, DE, to The Media Theatre recently. And that's only four of them!

Now, Andrew Moretti, a Media Theatre New School student who started out in its children's acting classes hits the big time in a new TNT television series airing this fall. He's working with Oscar winner Steven Spielberg (Saving Private Ryan, Schindler's List), who produces the drama series, and Sundance Film Festival award winning actor/ writer/ director Ed Burns (The Brothers McMullen). 
Moretti, 13, is playing the role of Conner on TNT's new show "Public Morals". It's written by and starring E…

PHOTOS FROM DISNEY'S 'CINDERELLA' AT THE MEDIA THEATRE!

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Summer is a great time to revisit a Disney classic and this time it's "Cinderella", based on the classic animated film from 1950. One of the most popular animated renditions of a legendary fairy tale, it's onstage with a youthful cast (mostly) Saturdays at 11am and Sundays at Noon now through mid-August.

Cinderella wants to go The Ball to meet the handsome Prince, but is stuck doing chores for her Wicked Stepmother and Stepsisters. Will the Mice be able to get her ready to go? When a Fairy Godmother steps in, all seems like it will end happily ever after...but will it?

This musical is perfect for ages 4 and up, with humor for all ages and songs like "A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes" and "Bibbidee Bobbidee Boo". The show also has time for audience participation in which youngsters have the chance to dance at The Ball!

Check out the photos and get tickets at www.mediatheatre.org or 610-891-0100. There are group rates and also "Slipper" Par…

WHO'S WHO IN '13, THE MUSICAL'...KARALYN JOSEPH AND WILL ROTSCH

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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.  The show opened to enthusiastic audiences this past weekend and continues through Sunday.
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.   
 At the beginning of rehearsals last fall Karalyn Joseph, who plays the outcast Patrice, lost her beloved grandfather. It was her first experience with the death of a close loved one and she is grateful she had this show to cling to.
“No matter how much I wish it not to be true, I knew he was never coming back,” Karalyn said.  “The lyrics to the song “If That’s What It Is” helped get me through this difficult time.  ‘Go on and put one foot in front of the other and just keep walking on.’  Sometimes in life that’s really all you can…

WHO'S WHO IN '13, THE MUSICAL'...AMANDA DEFILIPPIS AND LYNDIE MOE

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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.  The show opened to enthusiastic audiences this past weekend and continues through Sunday.
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. Lyndie Moe and Amanda DeFilippis play opposite one another as the friends (and sometimes enemies) Lucy and Kendra.
Two of the older members of this young cast, they’ve gained some personal experience in dealing with the challenges of being a teenager.
“You never know what to expect,” muses DeFilippis who will be entering her senior year at Delaware’s Cab Calloway School of the Arts in September.  “One day you are on the top of the world and the next you are spiraling downward.  The ride is long and sometimes difficult but you always…