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WINNER OF BROADWAY WORLD'S 'BEST THEATRE COMPANY OF PHILADELPHIA' (2012, 2013, 2014)
All Broadway Series Productions, Youth Programs, Educational Programs, and Summer Camps are produced by The Media Music Theatre Company (Artistic Director Jesse Cline)
MEDIA THEATRE WELCOMES MARSHA PELTZ AS NEW DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT
Marsha Peltz, The Media Theatre’s Director of Development who also assists with publicity for the professional music theatre company, may be a new staff member at the theatre but she is certainly not new to the region. She returns to her entertainment ‘roots’ after a few years away when she promoted the former Valley Forge Music Fair and several Atlantic City casino hotels.
Philadelphia-based Peltz is an award-winning publicist who's promoted everything from Amoco Oil to Zany Brainy. The Philadelphia Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) awarded Marsha its 2003 Pepperpot for Best Independent Practitioner -- one of several PR trophies she's proudly taken home over the years.
Marsha started her career as a newspaper reporter. In the 1980s she was Atlantic City's youngest casino PR director, promoting everything from Mickey Mantle to middle-of-the-night jackpot winners. She started producing TV specials at 6ABC, while handling over 100 headliners annually as Valley Forge Music Fair's press agent. In the 1990s, she added a personal life and moved to the Philadelphia suburbs where she juggled babies and Fortune 500 clients for the big ad agencies.
For the next eighteen years she created the almost-perfect balance of family life, volunteering and lively clients at the virtual agency KidStuff Public Relations -- thanks to technology. She uses what she refers to as her "momsense" to nurture clients, pitch reporters and have fun with whatever the topic of the day might be.
The topic of the day for Marsha Peltz will now be Development at The Media Theatre, the Philadelphia region’s award-winning professional music theatre company which produces its shows from the ‘ground up’, meaning they are not tours that travel from place to place but are built, directed, and designed specifically for The Media Theatre stage.
Marsha believes The Media Theatre is a vital ingredient to not only Delaware County but to the surrounding region. “The theatre has so many great things,” she said. “Top notch Broadway musicals on State Street in a beautiful suburb without the pricing or pressure of heading to the city, for one. Media has so many wonderful restaurants for a pre-show lunch or dinner. It’s within an hour’s drive from just about everywhere in the Greater Philadelphia region including Chester County, Cherry Hill, even Wilmington—which is a mere 15 minutes from the theatre. The Mainline is only a half hour away, and parking here is a bargain.”
“Then there are the awards The Media Theatre has received,” she continued. “These include Broadway World’s Best Theatre Company in Philadelphia the past three years. That’s an incredible feat and you know at times it seems we are the region’s best kept secret. But once you see our shows, all supervised or directed by Artistic Director Jesse Cline, you are hooked! You’ve got options to choose from in the area, but why not come and see why we have won?”
She knows from whence she speaks, as she has been a Media Theatre patron. “Long before I became involved here I was a patron with my husband and two boys. We enjoyed the children's shows as a great way to introduce our sons to the joy of live theatre. As they grew older we attended shows as a special event.”
As the Director of Development, Marsha Peltz’ focus is now on how individuals and organizations are able to assist the non-profit theatre company. “People may be surprised to learn that the price of their ticket does not cover all of the expenses of the production. Things like costumes, stage sets, theatre payroll and even the electric bill need to be paid. As a non-profit, it is our passion to bring joy through the arts. But we must ask for donations to stay fresh and offer the best "product." Individuals and may make donations through our website or attend many of our fundraisers. Corporations can team with the theatre to create a program that can be beneficial to both of us. I would love to hear from potential donors at firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Call 610-891-0100 for more information. “Gypsy” featuring Krissy Fraelich as Mama Rose, opens the theatre’s 2015-16 season September 23 to November 1.
The hit show "A Christmas Story: The Musical" is at The Media Theatre November 9 to January 8. It's suitable for all ages and makes a great outing for families during the holiday season. Based on the classic film which has gained popularity with each showing on television each holiday season, the musical has a book by Joseph Robinette with music and lyrics written by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. Songs include "Ralphie To The Rescue", "Sticky Situation", "It All Comes Down To Christmas", and "You'll Shoot Your Eye Out, Kid!" The story takes place in Indiana in the 1940's focusing on Ralphie, the boy who wants a Red Ryder BB Gun. He eventually learns that the holidays are not about what you have but who you have around you to share them with. There is a humorous sub-plot featuring Ralphie's father, referred to as The Old Man, who wins a leg lamp. It was nominated for three Tony Awards for its 2012 production at the Lunt-Fon…
The Media Theatre has the legendary musical
“West Side Story” April 19 through June 11. With a book by Arthur Laurents and
a sweeping score from Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim, the musical is
often referred to as one of the all-time greats in the Broadway canon.
“West Side Story” transports Shakespeare’s
Romeo and Juliet to New York City in the 1950’s. The story takes place on the west side of Manhattan at a time when many Puerto Ricans moved to
NYC. Two young lovers, Tony and Maria, find themselves in the middle of street
gangs at war—the Jets and the Sharks. The musical captures the essence of
struggling to survive amidst violence and prejudice which is one the main
reasons it has remained relevant to this day after premiering on Broadway in
1957. “West Side Story” highlights youthful
performers with energetic choreography and songs such as “Tonight”, “Maria”, “Somewhere”,
and “America”. At The Media Theatre, “West Side Story” is
directed and choreographed by Dann Dunn, with …
The Media Theatre has one musical per season which is not quite as mainstream as the other titles on its marquee, filling a particular void for those interested in passionate works by top notch writers and composers who have pieces in their oeuvre which deserve to be seen but are rarely produced. Artistic Director Jesse Cline has chosen the Broadway musical "Side Show" as this season's showcase for a little seen work. "Side Show", with a book and lyrics by Bill Russell and music by Henry Krieger, is based on the story of Daisy and Violet Hilton. The Hilton sisters were conjoined twins who entertained on the carnival and burlesque circuit in the 1920's and '30's. Managed poorly, the sisters eventually meet a talent scout and his budding musician pal who make a deal to showcase the two women on the Orpheum Circuit. Bursting with hope regarding their newfound fame, the ladies hearts are still unfulfilled, as they cannot escape the reputation of being …