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MEDIA THEATRE ANNOUNCES 'MAGIC TREE HOUSE: KNIGHT AT DAWN' CAST

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In March, April, and May The Media Theatre presents the Philadelphia regional premiere of the second "Magic Tree House" musical, this one titled "Knight At Dawn".
It continues the saga of young siblings Jack and Annie who, in Mary Pope Osborne's extremely popular book series, travel back in time to different eras as they learn about history after climbing a ladder to a tree house that takes them wherever their finger lands in books.

The Media Theatre had the regional premiere last season of the first of the book series musicals, "Dinosaurs Before Dark", which went on to win Broadway World's 2014 Award for "Best Special Event" in Philadelphia. It became the Media Music Theatre Company's second best selling children's series production of all time.


In the second musical, "Magic Tree House: Knight At Dawn", Jack and Annie journey to the Middle Ages and learn the power of hope. As they read a book about knights , Annie is intr…

PHOTO FLASH: "The Miracle Worker" at Media Theatre

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"The Miracle Worker", William Gibson's classic play which focuses on the stormy relationship between Helen Keller and her governess Annie Sullivan is at The Media Theatre January 28-February 15. Jesse Cline directs the production which features a cast of Actors Equity Association actors led by Jennie Eisenhower and Lexi Gwynn. 

Helen Keller was rendered blind, deaf, and mute due to a childhood illness. William Gibson's play highlights the struggles of her family to control her wild behavior and their subsequent hiring of teacher Sullivan in an effort to assist their cause.The moving, triumphant show is a testament to the power of the human spirit as it highlights the struggle to be heard without speaking, to find one's way without sight, and to function without the ability to hear. 
FOR TICKETS: Call 610-891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org (Photos by Maura McConnell)





MEDIA THEATRE HAS GHOST: THE MUSICAL MARCH 4-29

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Ghost, The Musical is at The Media Theatre during the month of March. Based on the extremely popular film from 1990 which had fans swooning over Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore (and an Oscar winning performance from Whoopi Goldberg), it's as romantic as a musical can be. 

With a book by Bruce Joel Rubin and music from the Eurythmics' Dave Stewart, with assistance from Glen Ballard, the show maintains its narrative focus on Sam and Molly, the two lovers who are attacked upon returning home one evening causing Sam's death. An eccentric medium does what she can to help Sam get back in touch with his dear Molly. An interesting combination of our world and the afterlife, "Ghost: The Musical" is a touching tribute to love.
This is the first regional professional production of the Broadway musical in the Philly region. All musicals at The Media Theatre are designed and built specifically for the Media stage, including sets, costumes, lighting and other technical aspects. Ea…

Extra! Extra! SNOW WHITE Meet & Greet In Media Theatre Crystal Room

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SNOW WHITE is alive and well...or is she? That Wicked Queen is trying everything she can to stop the beautiful young maiden from taking her place as 'the fairest of them all'.

The one hour musical for ages 4 and up is continuing at The Media Theatre each weekend through February 22 with Saturday morning performances at 11am and Sunday shows at Noon. The show is double cast, which gives opportunity for several of the theatre's New School students to shine on stage, portraying the legendary roles in the popular fairy tale.
As an added attraction after the show, theatre-goers may go upstairs to have a Meet & Greet with the cast in the newly renovated Crystal Room. The snack bar cafe will be open with cookies and hot chocolate treats!

For tickets to the show, call 610-891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org. Be sure to come see both casts of talented actors! 

PHOTO FLASH from The Media Theatre! First SNOW WHITE Pics!

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SNOW WHITE is doing her best to stay away from the evil Queen in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, now at The Media Theatre every weekend through February 22.

The one hour show is perfect for ages 4 and up with performances on Saturdays at 11am and Sundays at Noon. (There is also one Friday morning performance at 9:45am on Feb. 6, for those whose children are seeking something fun to do on an early morning weekday.)
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is a fresh take on an old tale, with songs such as "Work Work Work" and "It's A Wonderful Day". Fun characters such as a three-headed Mirror and an Enchanted Fox add to event as we wait to see if Snow White will bite that poison apple.
It's based on the fairy tale in which an evil Queen is jealous of the young maiden's beauty, and will try everything she can to be sure Snow White does not exist. The show has terrific lessons for the young set (and reminders for those who are more mature) about vanity and jealousy,…

MEDIA THEATRE'S THE MIRACLE WORKER TO BENEFIT TWO AREA SCHOOLS FOR THE BLIND

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If Helen Keller were a student today in the Philadelphia region she would have her choice of two outstanding schools -- Overbrook School for the Blind in Philadelphia and Royer-Greaves School for the Blind in Paoli. Helen's story and struggles to learn from her governess Annie Sullivan come into sharp focus in Media Theatre's The Miracle Worker. The classic play by William Gibson opens for previews Wednesday, January 28.  The drama follows Media's new tradition of placing a classic play within its annual Broadway Series schedule. Artistic Director Jesse Cline has chosen a play that has much educational and historic value. The region's two historic schools for the blind, dating back to 1832 and 1921, will receive a $2 donation for every ticket sold during The Miracle Worker's run in February. A professional cast of Actors Equity Association union members will bring the show to life, led by 12-year-old Lexi Gwynn of Malvern as Helen Keller and Jennie Eisenhower of Phi…

THE MEDIA THEATRE WINS 18 BROADWAY WORLD AWARDS FOR 'BEST OF PHILLY THEATRE 2014'

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The Media Theatre is the Winner of 18 Broadway World Awards for “Best of Philly Theatre” for the calendar year 2014. The professional music theatre company, which has added a classic play to its line-up each season, received the most of the 24 honors given by Broadway World Philadelphia for the past year.
The awards are voted upon by the Philadelphia theatre community, as well as by the general public. Somewhat of a mix between a People’s Choice and being voted upon by peers in the industry, the Broadway World Awards are given in each major city and region in the USA by the online theatrical magazine, which highlights each region’s theatrical events, shows, and happenings. Broadway World is based in NYC, from which it takes its title.

The Media Theatre won the Broadway World Award for Best Theatre Company of Philadelphia for the third consecutive year. It swept the honors in the Best Play categories for its critically acclaimed production of “Diary of Anne Frank”, which won a total of…

ILLUMINATE THE NIGHT AT MEDIA THEATRE'S ANNUAL GALA FEBRUARY 21

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Delaware County and the Philadelphia/ Wilmington region are invited to "Illuminate The Night" with The MediaTheatre's annual Gala evening Saturday February 21.
The event this year highlights the professional award-winning music theatre's contributions to the cultural landscape of the Delaware Valley and beyond, as patrons and supporters will experience a memorable one-night only concert, two unique cocktail receptions, an awards ceremony, and a live auction. The entire evening enhances and solidifies the Media Music Theatre Company's (MMTC) status as Philly's only year-round professional music theatre. MMTC is the non-profit organization which produces the entire Broadway Series, Children's Series, and educational opportunities including Camp Media Theatre.
The educational opportunities have grown exponentially in the past decade, to the point that MMTC will have its own separate Media Theatre School and Dance Studio on State Street, opening in the early pa…