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MANHATTAN SHORT FILM FESTIVAL RETURNS TO MEDIA THEATRE SEPT. 29 & 30

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The independent short film festival known as the Manhattan Short Film Festival returns to The Media Theatre for the fourth consecutive year on September 29 and 30 at 7pm. The ten films chosen to be in the Festival not only entertain a global audience, but also allow the audience around the world to choose the winner. Audiences at The Media Theatre actually cast votes that count towards the eventual winning film.
The films will be screened across six continents from September 26 to October 5, 2014. Audiences at each film site are given a voting card upon entry and asked to vote for the film they believe should win. Votes are sent, by theatre management, to Manhattan Short headquarters and the winner is announced shortly after the worldwide festival closes.
MANHATTAN SHORT is not a touring Festival; rather, it is an instantaneous celebration that occurs simultaneously across the globe, bringing memorable  films to great venues and allowing the audiences to select their favorites. If the …

MEDIA THEATRE ANNOUNCES 'ANNIE JR' CAST!

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The sun ALWAYS shines when Annie is around! This time, she's making her appearance at The Media Theatre in an hour-long condensed version of the legendary Broadway hit musical. "ANNIE JR" will delight audiences ages 4 and up every weekend from October 4 through December 28 with performances on Saturdays at 11am and Sundays at Noon.


"ANNIE JR" is solidly based on the two-act version of the Tony winning hit, with all of the wonderful characters audiences know and adore. Based on the Little Orphan Annie comic strip, we learn about what hope amidst difficult times is able to do as we move toward the future. As it has been re-developed for young audiences, the scenes involving the Presidential Cabinet have been deleted to keep the action moving quickly toward its inevitable happy ending. 

With the the beloved book and score by Tony Award winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin featuring some of the greatest musical theatre hits ever written including…

MEDIA THEATRE HAS VARIETY OF ACTING CLASSES THIS FALL

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With the fall season approaching quickly schools are getting back into session. This includes The Media Theatre’s Acting Classes which go into full course mode starting the weekend of September 6. Produced and supervised by Media Music Theatre Company, the classes offer a semester of professional training for those just beginning or wishing to further their education.All classes are based on The Meisner Technique which follows the basic structure that ‘Acting is living as truthfully as one can under an imaginary circumstance.’ Within this curriculum there is no ‘character’ or pretense and actors are placed in an environment which allows them to be who they are, building self-awareness and self-esteem within their own unique personality. The idea of ‘copying’ someone else’s performance is pushed aside as actors create from within themselves to fulfill the required role they may be asked to portray.
Starting this year The Media Theatre will now offer three levels of classes for children.…

MALVERN'S MOLLY SORENSEN WINS 'VOCALIST JUNIOR' TITLE AT THE MEDIA THEATRE

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Each week during the 2014 "Vocalist Junior" competition at The Media Theatre a young 13 year old with a lilting, smooth, silky voice held the audience in the palm of her hands. Her name is Molly Sorensen. It's a name you'll be hearing a lot of in years to come. The Malvern resident went on to win the contest with lovely renditions of the Broadway classics "The Wizard and I" from Wicked and "Home" from Beauty and the Beast during the final round.During the Finals, Artistic Director Jesse Cline, usually seated on stage left to chat with the contestants as he marks his ballot, was unable to attend. The Media Theatre's Roger Ricker, who instructs several acting classes, took Cline's chair but was not a judge for the evening. He did, however, chat with each young singer after their performances.
Of Sorensen, Ricker said, "You have an ability to cause people to like a song they may not have originally been fond of. You do not belt more than …

WHO'S WHO IN FIDDLER ON THE ROOF....HANNA MURPHY IS HODEL

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The Media Theatre presents a special presentation of the classic musical "Fiddler On The Roof" this summer to celebrate the show's 50th anniversary. It's produced by Media Music Theatre Company and is on stage July 11 through August 10, with performances on Friday nights at 7pm, Saturdays at 2pm and 7pm, and Sundays at 3pm. A youth cast shares the stage with several professional adult actors to remind audiences of the brilliance of this wonderful Tony winning Broadway musical. "Fiddler On The Roof" is all about Tevye, a Jewish man in Russia in the early 1900's who is doing his best to keep his family together amidst changing times and while his five daughters are growing up right before his eyes. It's a musical steeped in "Tradition!" 

Hanna Murphy, 11 years old, is playing the role of Hodel, one of Tevye's daughters. Here are her thoughts about being in the production:
A) What's it like being in one of the most legendary musicals of…

Read Delaware County Daily Times Exclusive Article....2014 VOCALIST WINNER ANNOUNCED

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MEDIA THEATRE ANNOUNCES 'ADDAMS FAMILY' CAST

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The Media Theatre has the Philadelphia regional professional premiere of Broadway’s hit musical comedy “The Addams Family” September 24-November 2. Produced by Media Music Theatre Company, the show is based on Charles Addams’ single panel comic strip from which a legendary ‘60’s tv sitcom was created.
In “The Addams Family” musical, created by Marshall Brickman &; Rick Elice and Andrew Lippa, the humorously bizarre family that delights in the macabre must come to terms with 18 year old Wednesday’s infatuation with a young man from a family quite unlike their own. Even though we see the Addams' singing ghoulish ancestors in the show, The Chicago Sun-Times says “The Addams Family” has ‘an abundance of life’.
That life will be brought to The Media Theatre stage with what could be referred to as a Philadelphia All-Star Cast. Two Barrymore Award winners will portray the delightfully devilish couple who head the family. Jeff Coon will play the role of Gomez with Jennie Eisenhower as …

VOCALIST JUNIOR TOP 15 FOR 2014...WHO THEY ARE!

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The Top 15 contestants for VOCALIST JUNIOR have been announced as we head into the 2014 Finals!
After tabulating the judges' scores and the public online and open ballot voting, the top 15 are seen here in performance pics from the semi-final round:


BROADWAY'S CHRISTINE ANDREAS TO HEADLINE CONCERT AUGUST 23 AT MEDIA THEATRE

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Broadway actress Christine Andreas will headline at The Media Theatre Saturday night August 23 during an evening of Broadway classics. She’ll be joined by professional singers and actors as Media Music Theatre Company presents “What We Do”, a one-time only concert.Ms. Andreas recently finished a year-long run starring as Jacqueline in the Tony & Olivier Award-winning production of “La Cage Aux Folles” in which she shared the stage with Emmy winner Kelsey Grammer. She received raves as Margaret in the 55 week national tour of “The Light In The Piazza”.She first captured attention in the 20th anniversary production of “My Fair Lady” as Eliza Doolittle for which she received a Theatre World Award. She has two Tony Award nominations for her performances as Laurey in the revival of “Oklahoma!” and as Frankie in “On Your Toes”. She created the role of Marguerite St. Just in Broadway’s original production of “The Scarlet Pimpernel” opposite Terrence Mann and has also appeared in “Words a…

VOCALIST TOP 15 HEAD INTO THE 2014 FINALS! Here's Who They Are

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The VOCALIST Top 15 for 2014 have been announced!

Here are their photos from the semi-final round July 30.

They now approach the Finals 
which are August 6 at 7pm.
The TOP 15 will all sing in Act One, 
with the Top 5 singing in Act Two on August 6.