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YOUTH ENSEMBLE JOINS PROFESSIONAL CAST OF MEDIA THEATRE'S 'LES MISERABLES'

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The Media Theatre presents Delaware County's first full professional production of the classic Broadway hit musical "Les Miserables" November 19 to January 11. It is produced by Media Music Theatre Company and, as with all of the company's Broadway Series shows, features a cast of professional actors who are members of Actors Equity Association, the Union of professional actors based in New York City. 

With "Les Miserables", a talented youth ensemble will join the professional actors on stage. Seven local and regional junior high and high school students who have a shared interest in following in the footsteps of the professional actors they'll be working with will add their powerful vocals to the classic score during the show's run. "Les Miserables" is based on Victor Hugo's legendary novel focusing on Jean Valjean, the French peasant who steals a loaf of bread and spends almost two decades in prison. He is tracked down obsessively by p…

PATRICK LUDT IS GOMEZ FOR FINAL WEEK OF 'ADDAMS FAMILY'

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The hit musical comedy "The Addams Family" is in its final week at The Media Theatre. The Delaware County regional professional premiere has Patrick Ludt stepping into the role of Gomez for its final 7 performances.

Patrick Ludt is a familiar actor to Media Theatre audiences who have enjoyed his performances as Roger in "Rent" and the titular roles in "Jekyll and Hyde: The Musical". Last season he was seen in the humorous "Spamalot" and the acclaimed production of "Sunset Boulevard". Others in the cast are Jennie Eisenhower as Morticia, Lauren Cupples as Wednesday, Nicholas Saverine as Uncle Fester, and Susan Wefel as Grandmama. The role of Pugsley is shared by Andrew Rubin and JD Triolo. Krissy Fraelich and Paul Weagraff portray the parents of the young man (Jake Glassman) Wednesday is infatuated with. The tall Lurch is played by sportscaster and actor Bill Vargus.
"The Addams Family" is based on Charles Addams' cartoon str…

WHO'S WHO IN THE ADDAMS FAMILY.....NICHOLAS SAVERINE IS UNCLE FESTER

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Broadway’s hit musical comedy, “The Addams Family,” makes its Philadelphia regional professional premiere Sept. 24-Nov. 2 at the Media Theatre. Produced by Media Music Theatre Company, the show is based on Charles Addams’ single-panel comic strip from which the legendary 1960s TV sitcom was created. Nicholas Saverine plays the humorous role of Uncle Fester.  Saverine was seen this past Spring at The Media Theatre as Max in "Sunset Boulevard", sharing the stage with the Tony nominated actress Ann Crumb. He previously appeared at Media in "Oliver!". He is a member of the Actors Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers based in NYC. On the voice faculty at Rowan University, Saverine has also entertained audiences in the Philadelphia region at Walnut Street Theater, Prince Music Theater, Arden Theatre, and People's Light. He is a Broadway veteran, as well, having appeared on The Great White Way in two of the most popular shows ever: Les M…

ANNIE JR IS AT MEDIA THEATRE ....SEE SHOW PICS!

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The sun will come out tomorrow! That's what Annie sings and what audiences will walk away humming when they see "Annie Jr" at The Media Theatre. It's a special one-hour version of the legendary Broadway musical for youth audiences. A cast of young actors brings the show to life along with guest adult actors now through December 28.
"Annie Jr" and the gang of singing orphans get Miss Hannigan riled up on Saturday mornings at 11am and Sundays at Noon. Daddy Warbucks helps to save the day after a conniving Rooster Hannigan and his friend Lily pretend to be Annie's parents. 

There are two talented young actresses playing Annie in this production. They alternate playing the chipper hopeful little girl each weekend. Cassidy Else and Amanda Treston, both New School students at Media Theatre who wowed audiences with their powerhouse performances during "The Vocalist Junior" this past summer, play the iconic role. Each of them get to sing "Tomorrow&…

WHO'S WHO IN THE ADDAMS FAMILY....SUSAN WEFEL IS GRANDMAMA

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She's a resident of Rose Valley and a Delaware County regional fave...It's Susan Wefel! She's playing the humorously kooky role of Grandmama in "The Addams Family" now through November 2.

Susan has recently appeared on The Media Theatre stage as Golde in our summer 2014 production of "Fiddler On The Roof". She's also been seen here in "Oklahoma", "Spring Awakening", "Peter Pan", and as the Wicked Witch in our mainstage production of "The Wizard of Oz".

Audiences willl be able to enjoy her again in the upcoming "Les Miserables" as Madame Thenardier right here on our historic Broadway World Award-winning stage.(Nov. 19-Jan. 11).

Susan Wefel is a graduate of Boston University's Theatre School and has been performing in the Rose Valley/ Media area for 36 years. She performed also with The Wilma Theatre (Orpheus Descending). Audiences loved her performance locally as "Shirley Valentine". 

To see…

DELAWARE COUNTY COUNCIL GIVES MEDIA THEATRE $125,000 GRANT

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During the opening night of "The Addams Family" Delaware County Council presented The Media Theatre with a wonderful gift: $125,000. The grant is a community development grant which is a 'bricks and mortar' support grant for the historic building. 

The gift, presented by County Council Chairman Tom McGarrigle, allows Media Music Theatre Company to thrive as Delaware County's only professional music theatre organization in the historic location on State Street.

"We are honored to assist the theatre company with this gift," McGarrigle said. "We look forward to many more wonderful productions here. It's often referred to as The Miracle on State Street due to its many opportunities offered for young people through education and the award-winning professional musical theatre produced here."

The gift was accepted by Media Music Theatre Company's Board of Directors Chairman Perry Ecksel and Director of Development Austin Connors.

The opening nigh…