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MEDIA THEATRE'S 2015 GALA CONVEYED SPIRIT OF WORKING TOGETHER

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The Media Theatre's 2015 Gala, titled "Illuminate The Night", actually lit up a Sunday afternoon. Due to a snow storm which illuminated the streets in a slippery white Saturday night February 21, the Gala was postponed to the following day. Supporters, patrons, honorees, and talented performers packed the State Street venue Sunday February 22 at 3pm to celebrate.
With a beautiful gold, silver, and black color scheme presented throughout the theatre's lobby and second floor Crystal Room, as well as tasty hors d'oeuvres, The Media Theatre provided a lovely site for an afternoon fundraising event. A champagne fountain supplemented the affair, as well as two complete bars. For the youth ensemble members of the theatre's renowned school a separate table complete with refreshments just for the young set added a comfort zone for the talented tots and teens. 

The annual Gala is Media Music Theatre Company's biggest fundraising event of the year. The professional mu…

MEDIA THEATRE ANNOUNCES 2015-16 SEASON

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Mama Rose, Billy Elliot, Atticus Finch, Eddie Birdlace, and John Adams. Five names, each encapsulating what The Media Theatre's 2015-16 season promises--people who tried their hardest to change the world, to leave an indelible impression so that their lives and the lives touched by their presence and innovation would recognize excellence, courage, and passion.

Each of these are represented well in various ways with the line-up promised by The Media Theatre from September 2015 to May 2016.
"Gypsy"opens the season September 23 to November 1. With Philadelphia's own Broadway actress Kristine Fraelich as Mama Rose, the ultimate aggressive stage mother, this powerful story of a mother and her daughters presents a dark side of show business wrapped in a Jule Styne score which contains some of the most iconic show tunes of all time. Stephen Sondheim's lyrics create an irony within the tune-filled melodies of "Let Me Entertain You", "You'll Never Get Awa…

MEDIA THEATRE ENTERS MEDIEVAL TIMES WITH SECOND 'MAGIC TREE HOUSE' MUSICAL

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If it's spring, it's time for another children's musical based on the "Magic Tree House" books, and The Media Theatre has the Philadelphia regional premiere of the second hour long show entitled "Knight At Dawn". It's on stage every weekend from March 7 to May 24, with Saturday performances at 11am and Sundays at Noon.
Last year, The Media Theatre presented the regional premiere of a new children's musical based on the popular "Magic Tree House" books by Mary Pope Osborne. Audiences had the pleasure of visiting with dinosaurs a year ago, and now in 2015 the second show based on Osborne's series of books has its Philly premiere. Audiences ages 4 and up will travel back in time to medieval times as they meet The Black Knight, a singing Jester, Minstrels, and many other interesting characters.

In the "Magic Tree House" series, two siblings (Jack and Annie) find that whenever they put their finger on magical books they are tran…

MEDIA THEATRE'S EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR PATRICK WARD FEATURED ON COMCAST NEWSMAKERS

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Executive Director Patrick Ward was interviewed recently on Comcast Newsmakers, because The Media Theatre is a News Maker!

Ward discussed Spring happenings coming up, including "Hello Dolly" starring Andrea McArdle and our new School and Dance Studio.

SEE INTERVIEW HERE




GHOST: THE MUSICAL FIRST DAY OF REHEARSAL IN NEW MEDIA THEATRE DANCE STUDIO

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The Media Theatre's cast of "Ghost: The Musical" had a pleasant surprise Wednesday February 11 as they became the first professional Broadway Series cast to rehearse at the theatre's new School and Dance Studio. 

The 28 West State Street location in Media, PA--to be used also for classes beginning in the spring--is the perfect spot to rehearse the contemporary and classic musicals Media Music Theatre Company is known for.


With new mirrors surrounding the largest dance studio in the new space, which has a shining floor specifically designed for actors and dancers, The Media Theatre's School and Dance Studio provides a refreshing state-of-the-art space for the actors who come to Media as the rehearsal process takes place. 

There is also a smaller mirrored room for private lessons, plus a piano room for vocal and keyboard lessons, two restrooms, a waiting area, and a kitchenette for actors and patrons. 

"Ghost: The Musical" will rehearse at The Studio through …

MEDIA THEATRE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR JESSE CLINE'S 'NEW OFFICE' AT BRAND NEW SCHOOL AND DANCE CENTER IN MEDIA

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There's nothing like a special gift close to Valentine's Day!

Jesse Cline, the Artistic Director of The Media Theatre, received one on Wednesday February 11. It was unwrapped as soon as he opened the door...to his shining, classy, and comfortable new office. The location is at 28 West State Street in Media, which houses the theatre's new School and Dance Studio.
Cline arrived for the first day of "Ghost: The Musical" rehearsal at the new Studio space and was thrilled to see his new office, complete with a new computer and television system, a screen for projections to discuss set designs for upcoming Broadway Series productions, and a side kitchenette complete with a small bar and microwave.
"This is wonderful," Cline said. "It's the perfect place for meetings as well as time for myself to focus on working on the shows."
Jesse Cline's office was put together by his life partner (and work associate) Executive Director Patrick Ward and contr…

MEDIA THEATRE'S 'MIRACLE WORKER' FEATURED ON PHILLY'S NBC-10 NEWS

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Actresses Jennie Eisenhower and Lexi Gwynn, who portray Annie Sullivan and Helen Keller in The Media Theatre's "The Miracle Worker" were interviewed on NBC-10 News Monday February 9.

The show plays through February 15. Check out mediatheatre.org for tickets and watch the interview here:
THE NBC INTERVIEW: MIRACLE WORKER @ The Media Theatre

MEDIA THEATRE PRESENTS OVERBROOK SCHOOL FOR THE BLIND WITH 'MIRACLE' DONATION

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The Media Theatre's "The Miracle Worker" is on stage through February 15, featuring 12 year old actress Lexi Gwynn as Helen Keller. The young actress earned her Actors Equity Association membership with this production, and is now a card-carrying member of the union of professional actors based in New York City.Lexi, as determined as she is to focus on earning a great career, is also someone who remembers the value of helping others to achieve their own goals and dreams. To that end, she wanted to accompany the theatre's Executive Director Patrick Ward as he presented a donation check to the Overbrook School for the Blind. She attended the check presentation on Malvern Avenue in Philadelphia in full costume as Helen Keller, having just finished an interview at the NBC-10 television studio to discuss the show and the support for Overbrook School. 
The donation was through the region's support of the production, as $1 from each ticket sold for "The Miracle Work…

CAMP MEDIA THEATRE 2015 THEMES ANNOUNCED

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Camp Media Theatre 2015 is an extraordinary and exciting opportunity for young actors to study with Professional Directors, Performers, and Technicians. This intensive, two-week day camp is a fun, enriching and rewarding experience. 
Campers write, design, and perform an improvisational theatre production that is performed on the Media Theatre stage for family and friends the final Friday evening of each camp session.


Jesse Cline, Artistic Director, oversees all aspects of the Camp. Each day camp session is designed for children 5 years old and up, in three separate age groups. 
The unique and exciting experience atCamp Media Theatre 2015 begins June 15 with five two-week sessionsfrom 9:30-3:30, each Monday through Friday. 
There will be 'themes' with each two-week session, with the focus being on learning and maintaining basic stage skills, singing, acting, and dance. Each day camp provides a unique opportunity for the campers in that they create their own 'scene work' in…

MIRACLE WORKER REVIEWS PRAISE CAST AND DIRECTOR

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"The Miracle Worker" is at The Media Theatre through February 15, and the reviews are coming in! 

With much praise for the cast and director, major media outlets such as the Philadelphia Inquirer, Broadway World, and Delco News Network are showering love on the leads Jennie Eisenhower and Lexi Gwynn. See the reviews below.




For tickets, call 610-891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org

PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER REVIEW 

BROADWAY WORLD REVIEW 

DELCO NEWS NETWORK REVIEW

NEAL ZOREN REVIEW

TICKET REVIEW