Monday, June 30, 2014

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

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.
FOX-TV's "Good Day Philadelphia" Weather Anchor Sue Serio
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 of this event and, to me, all of the contestants are winners simply because they put their hearts out there on the stage and give it everything they’ve got. It’s a privilege to be involved.”
Actor Bill Vargus
Bill Vargus agreed. “Some of my favorite memories are on The Media Theatre stage, and we are thrilled to assist with this important aspect of the theatre’s mission.” Vargus was seen as “Dr. Dolittle” two years ago and shared the stage with Serio in a production of “Love Letters”. He’s going to be back this fall as the very tall and humorous Lurch in “The Addams Family” musical.

In “The Vocalist” contests singers perform weekly for large audiences at The Media Theatre.  They choose songs they like singing at first, until the final week when they must perform one show tune, bridging the contest to the theatre’s mission of music theatre and education. Contestants are rated in several categories by Artistic Director Jesse Cline and guest judges. Those with the highest scores move on with the lower scores being eliminated. Eventually, there is a top 15 who move onto the final week.

“This contest has its origin in the reputation of The Media Theatre’s music theatre company as an educational theatrical organization,” Cline explained. “Its intent remains to give young people a weekly showcase to highlight their talent for appreciative audiences. “The Vocalist” is a competition, of course, which adds to the excitement for everyone including the contestants. But the most important thing is the learning process for those involved.”

The vocalists are, for the most part, from Delaware County, although a few reside in Chester and Montgomery counties as well as Wilmington and Philadelphia. The criteria states that contestants must live within a 55-mile radius of The Media Theatre.

Cline added, “It’s also a very interesting and entertaining unique weekly concert for the audience. It’s never the same twice, and you get to see young performers before they move on to other aspects of their career.”

For tickets to “The Vocalist” or “The Addams Family” call The Media Theatre at 610-891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org.
The 2014 contestant list for “The Vocalist” is listed at mediatheatre.org, where you may also place votes for a favorite contestant to assist them in remaining in the contest each week.


Friday, June 27, 2014

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

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. 
Iron Workers Bank President John Whitig with The Media Theatre's Director of Development Austin Connors

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 weeks until a winner is announced live onstage. The event, emceed by FOX-TV's "Good Day Philadelphia" personality Sue Serio, is an entertaining weekly concert as well as a competition. The "Junior" version of the "Vocalist" starts up Sunday night July 13, also continuing for five weeks, and is emceed by Bill Vargus.
The public may purchase tickets or vote online for their favorite contestant at mediatheatre.org. Call 610-891-0100 for information.
Iron Workers Bank has locations in Aston, Chadds Ford, and Media. Visit www.iwsb.com to learn more. 

Thursday, June 26, 2014

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

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 in the hopes that they will be ‘SAFE’:

1      1) Vote for them online at $2 per vote.

2      2) Buy tickets and mention their name when purchasing. For each 10 tickets sold weekly (not cumulatively) the contestant receives an extra point toward their final score for the week.

3      3) Vote for them the night of the show. Ballots will be on hand for patrons who may vote for one or more of their favorites at $2 per vote. (All funds raised through voting support The Media Theatre’s Youth Programs and are tax deductible.)

The contestant who has the most support from the public each of the first three weeks will automatically become ‘SAFE’ from elimination and will move forward to week four’s Semi-Final Round.  This means that potentially three contestants will be ‘SAFE’---one from Week One voting, one from Week Two voting, and one from Week Three online and public voting.

The three contestants who are tops with public votes and are ‘SAFE’ will be announced at the end of the third week. They will automatically move forward to the Semi-Finals in week four.

Sue Serio of FOX-TV’s “Good Day Philadelphia” returns to emcee “The Vocalist” on Wednesday nights.  Bill Vargus, local actor and sportscaster, returns to emcee “Vocalist Junior” on Sunday evenings. The contest is sponsored by Iron Workers Bank.

To see a list of contestants and vote, visit www.mediatheatre.org 
Call 610-891-0100 for information and tickets.  
“The Vocalist” contest is produced by Media Music Theatre Company, which produces all Broadway Series and Youth Series shows at The Media Theatre.


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

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

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 important for proper stage craft. 


Following instructions will be one of the main focus points as we venture into creating with 'unique personality'. Developing and focusing on each student's personality is a vital ingredient of the class, as this will assist each child during this important growth process with whatever it is they are doing on the stage or off. 

There will be no actual 'scenes' developed but working together will be a large part of the class. Participants will, for example, be asked to do simple stage activities such as 'jumping rope' or 'search for your favorite stuffed animal'. As they perform these roles, they'll be reminded consistently that each of them has their own way of doing these activities and that they do not need to imitate how the person next to them does the exact same activity. It will instill in them that being yourself is the most important step of all.

Registrations are now being accepted for the INTRODUCTION TO THEATRE CLASS at The Media Theatre. You may visit www.mediatheatre.org or call 610-891-0100. Media Music Theatre Company produces all youth programs at The Media Theatre. 





Tuesday, June 17, 2014

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

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 include “Sunrise, Sunset” and “If I Were A Rich Man”. The show is performed Friday nights, twice on Saturdays, and Sunday afternoons July 11 to August 10.


The youth cast will work with professional adults to bring the story to life. Susan Wefel, a popular local actress, will portray the pivotal role of Golde, Tevye's wife. She's joined on stage by Tim Haney, one of Media Theatre's camp instructors, in the role of Tevye. 

Haney will share the role of Tevye with young student Jacob Bowman, who appeared in Media's summer production of "Jesus Christ Superstar" two summers ago as Pilate. Haney and Bowman will also share the role of Lazar Wolf this summer in "Fiddler On The Roof".

Roger Ricker, a veteran of over 80 productions at Media, will play the role of The Rabbi, with Temple University student Patrick Murray as his son Mendel.

The adults will work alongside the youth cast, with the entire production being directed by Jesse Cline. "Working with professional adults gives this entire youth project musical a solid educational atmosphere," Cline explained. "It's also fun for audiences. What better way to celebrate a show's 50th anniversary than to combine ages in creating a unique interpretation of a legendary musical?"

The "Fiddler On The Roof" cast:
(* means role is Double Cast. When not playing role listed, actor is in ensemble)

Note: All roles except Tevye, Golde, Yente, Lazar Wolf may also be in the ensemble.

TEVYE*….TIM HANEY/ JACOB BOWMAN
GOLDE…SUSAN WEFEL

YENTE…MADISON YANNATELLI
LAZAR WOLF*….JACOB BOWMAN/ TIM HANEY

TZEITEL*….ALYSSA RIVERA/ MARIAH SELTZER
MOTEL….OWEN MANNION
PERCHIK*….MARCO NEWSOME/ GIANNI PALMARINI
HODEL*….HANNA MURPHY/ EMILY KINKA
CHAVA…BRIANNA JAFFE
FYEDKA…EVAN VANDENBRUL
SPRINTZE*…KATHERYN COOPER/ RACHAEL MCVEY
BIELKE…JOLIE JAFFE

CONSTABLE…TED HARRIS
RABBI….ROGER RICKER
MENDEL…PATRICK MURRAY
MORDCHA…COREY KATONA
AVRAM…BEN PEDERSEN

GRANDMA TZEITEL…MIRANDA LIEBERMAN
FRUMA SARA…AMBER DUNCAN
NAHUM…JACK CELUCCI
YUSSEL…SUNNY TAGHAVI
SHAINDEL…JILLIAN DONOHUE
SASHA….GIANNI PALMARINI/ MARCO NEWSOME

THE FIDDLER…ROYA WOLCOTT

VILLAGERS: 
MARNIE CLARK, SHANA DIETZ, Plus all other members of the cast when not playing role listed above

UNDERSTUDIES: (Those who prepare a role in the event of having to go on)
GOLDE…AMBER DUNCAN
MOTEL…PATRICK MURRAY
CONSTABLE…PATRICK MURRAY
YENTE…MIRANDA LIEBERMAN
FRUMA SARA…JILLIAN DONAHUE
CHAVA…KATHERYN COOPER
SPRINTZE..MARNIE CLARK
BIELKE….SHANA DIETZ

AVRAM/ NAHUM/ YUSSEL…COREY KATONA

Tickets are now on sale for "Fiddler On The Roof", which has performances Fridays at 7pm; Saturdays at 2pm and 7pm; and Sundays at 3pm July 11 to August 10. Call 610-891-0100 or visit www.mediatheatre.org




Wednesday, June 11, 2014

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

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 music, movement for the stage, and acting instruction. Each class is designed as rehearsal toward their special once-in-a-lifetime performance which takes place the final Friday of each camp during the early evening. Family and friends are able to see the great work taking place as it is performed on Delaware County’s only professional music theatre stage. The Camp is sponsored by Front Street Fountain of Media.

“Camp Media Theatre features what are truly ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ performances,” explained Artistic Director Jesse Cline. “We do not produce familiar scripts during the day camp. We allow the campers to create and write their own scene work, so no two camps are ever the same as the distinct personalities cannot be duplicated. We add Broadway songs and a bit of dance to create a music theatre piece that is unlike any other. It’s a revue-style show which truly represents the personality of each camper and each camp session.”



A young cast will bring the legendary Tony winning musical “Fiddler On The Roof” to life on Media’s stage as well. Featuring a few adult performers as well, “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, who has five daughters, attempting to maintain his familial and Jewish traditions while outside influences encroach upon their lives. The show is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year and, unlike many legendary musicals, has never lost its unique relationship with its audiences. Songs include “Sunrise, Sunset” and “If I Were A Rich Man”. The show is performed Friday nights, twice on Saturdays, and Sunday afternoons July 11 to August 10.


Another classic, Disney’s humorous and tune-filled version of “Cinderella” plays each weekend through August 17. With performances on Saturdays at 11am and Sundays at Noon, the show offers another opportunity to see Media Music Theatre Company’s talented youth working with several professional adults on stage. For ages 4 and up, who are welcome to come dressed in their own “Cinderella” costume, the musical has audience participation and songs like “A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes” and “Bibbidee-Bobbidee-Boo”. It’s based on Disney’s animated film from 1950 and is almost one hour in length.

The popular showcase for those seeking a career as a singer either in theatre or as a recording artist returns once again. “The Vocalist”, emceed by FOX-TV Philadelphia’s morning weather personality Sue Serio, delights audiences Wednesday nights for five weeks starting July 9. The vocalists, aged 14-24, choose their favorite songs and perform as they are judged by Artistic Director Cline and several special guests. Eliminations take place after the first three weeks until only one becomes “The Vocalist 2014”, receiving a cash prize, an appearance on “Good Day Philadelphia” and much recognition to enhance their career. The “Junior” version of the contest, in which ages 7-13 entertain audiences, takes place on Sunday nights for five weeks beginning July 13. Iron Workers Bank of Aston and Media sponsors the event.

As a summer celebratory wrap-up event and fundraiser for Media Music Theatre Company, Roger Ricker has his annual concert on Wednesday night August 13. This year’s title is “UP!” The show will feature upbeat numbers with positive messages, youth performers, and plenty of fun. Ricker has been seen in over 80 productions at The Media Theatre, with this being his ninth summer concert fundraising event.


For tickets to “Fiddler On The Roof”, “Disney’s Cinderella”, “The Vocalist”, or “Ricker & Friends: UP!”,visit mediatheatre.org or call 610-891-0100. Camp Media Theatre is also still accepting registrations. 

Monday, June 9, 2014

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

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). 
Andrew Moretti at his trailer during filming of TNT's "Public Morals"
Moretti, 13, is playing the role of Conner on TNT's new show "Public Morals". It's written by and starring Ed Burns with Steven Spielberg as the Executive Producer. The series is about policemen in the '60's in NYC focusing on the fine moral line that is drawn and which side a person chooses to be on. Moretti portrays the leading man's son's best friend and is set to film 10 episodes.

"This is another fine example of the type of talent we have here at The Media Theatre," said Artistic Director Jesse Cline. "Andrew Moretti exemplifies the best in a young actor. He is focused, he works hard, and we could not be happier for him."

A Delaware County resident, Moretti appeared as The Cowardly Lion this past fall in Media's production of "The Wizard of OZ". He has also been seen in several other youth series productions including "Willy Wonka" and "Sleeping Beauty". His Broadway Series productions at The Media Theatre include "Oklahoma!" and "Annie".

To be a part of the youth programs at The Media Theatre, including its New School which is a conservatory-style music theatre education program for ages 8 and up, visit www.mediatheatre.org. Registrations are now being accepted for Camp Media Theatre as well and the Fall Acting Classes. Call 610-891-0100 for information. 



Friday, June 6, 2014

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

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" Parties available for groups (Slipper Parties include show tickets, pizza, punch, cupcakes, and more!) Individual tickets are also available for each performance.
Cinderella (Emily Kinka) with The Mice: Jaq (Carter Weiss), Luke (Alex Pollard), Perla (Alexsa McKeown), and Gus Gus (Sean O' Neill)

The Prince (Owen Mannion) and Cinderella (Emily Kinka)

The Wicked Stepmother (Roger Ricker)
The Wicked Stepsisters (Danielle Lachall and Amber Duncan) with Cinderella (Emily Kinka) and Cat (Lily Sfida)

TICKETS are available at 610-891-0100 or www.mediatheatre.org. DISNEY'S CINDERELLA is approximately 50 minutes in length. 

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

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.
KARALYN JOSEPH

 “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 do.”

And both these talented performers have gained inspiration from this Jason Robert Brown score.  Will Rotsch’s Archie performs the entire show on crutches and has been moved by the message of 13. He said, “True friends are something special and I need to treat them as something valuable.  I’ve started reconnecting with some of my old friends and reinstating our friendships.”
WILL ROTSCH

In the musical they both play roles which become the unlikely friends to the protagonist Evan whose idea of teen friendship is a bit skewed.  But Joseph believes that’s all part of the teen years. “Teenagers are basically those who are old enough to know when something is wrong but young enough to do it anyway!  I liked to affectionately call my teenage years the “what the heck am I doing and why am I still doing it” stage of life.”

And Rotsch agrees that 13 does a superb job of demonstrating these challenges: “The show presents familiar problems and situations in a funny way that my friends and I relate to in our lives.  Personally, the story makes me laugh at the things that we sometimes worry about.  It puts those problems into a better perspective.”

A musician and vocalist as well as an actress and experienced dancer, Joseph believes the musical also encourages young people to be themselves and embrace everyone for who they really are.  For her the experience has been life-changing: “Being in this show has not only inspired me to bring out my inner geek, but to hold on to friendships that I am lucky enough to have.  I’m better able to discern who really knows “what it means to be a friend”.  I know that this show, its heartfelt message, and this knock-out cast are the forces behind that change.”


On the verge of finishing his freshman year at Salesianum High School in Wilmington with high academic honors and a slew of activities and awards to his name to boot, Rotsch will take away one message from this amazing experience: “Sometimes the most unlikely people can be your greatest friends.”

With an unforgettable rock score from Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown, the writer of Broadway’s current “Bridges of Madison County” as well as “Parade” and “The Last Five Years” among others, “13” is a poignant musical for all ages about discovering that cool is where you find it, and sometimes where you least expect it.  The show boasts a Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Lyrics and tells the story of Evan Goldman, who is having a great life…until his parents get divorced and he’s forced to move with his Mom from NYC to Indiana!  The show features a cast of teens portraying 13-year-old characters dealing with the perils of middle school. This high-energy show was Broadway’s first all-teenage cast, and has many humorous and touching moments.

For tickets to 13 The Musical at The Media Theatre in its final weekend through June 8, call 610-891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org.


  






Tuesday, June 3, 2014

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

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.
AMANDA DEFILIPPIS

“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 know that you are having the best time of your life.”

Moe, also a student at Cab, plays the scheming gossip Lucy.  She believes the experience of 13 The Musical offers a road map of sorts for new teens. “Trust your instincts, follow your heart and stand up for what you believe in,” she says.  “Being a teenager can be stressful at times, so it’s important to remember not to sweat the small stuff.”

DeFilippis plays the saccharine sweet Kendra, the girl who all the boys love. She also sees positive themes throughout the musical that resonate personally. “I’ve been through similar situations of bullying, trying to figure out where I belong and learning to stand up for myself.  So I am able to connect with the characters and make Kendra more realistic.”
LYNDIE MOE

Both young ladies are active in theatre and beyond.  Moe is a competitive travel volleyball player and a member of the Imagination Players, a charitable group that spreads goodwill in her community.  DeFilippis is a committed student and member of the Science Olympiad and a Ronald McDonald House Volunteer.

Both are fans of Jason Robert Brown’s score and how it reflects their experiences during this exciting time of their lives. “The music is an inspiration in itself,” exclaims Moe.  “I never tire of the score.  This is my third time doing this musical.  I’ve actually played Kendra and Patrice as well!”

DeFilippis is equally enamored with the opportunity be part of this production, especially for the friendships she’s forged. She says, “The musical means so much to me.  I love everyone in my cast and am glad to have met such wonderful and loving people.”

And if there is one message DeFilippis thinks audiences will take away from the show? “Take a step back and figure out who your real friends are. Be yourself.   We all have a little more homework to do.”

With an unforgettable rock score from Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown, the writer of Broadway’s current “Bridges of Madison County” as well as “Parade” and “The Last Five Years” among others, “13” is a poignant musical for all ages about discovering that cool is where you find it, and sometimes where you least expect it.  The show boasts a Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Lyrics and tells the story of Evan Goldman, who is having a great life…until his parents get divorced and he’s forced to move with his Mom from NYC to Indiana!  The show features a cast of teens portraying 13-year-old characters dealing with the perils of middle school. This high-energy show was Broadway’s first all-teenage cast, and has many humorous and touching moments.

For tickets to 13 The Musical at The Media Theatre Now thru June 8, call 610-891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org.