Sunday, April 26, 2015

ANDREA MCARDLE CUTS THE RIBBON TO MEDIA THEATRE'S NEW SCHOOL & DANCE STUDIO

A grand opening is truly grand when a legendary Broadway actress cuts the ribbon. Andrea McArdle, who started an impressive career by becoming the youngest actress ever nominated for a Tony award as the "Annie" known worldwide, did just that at the grand opening for The Media Theatre's new School & Dance Studio in Media. 
Broadway's Andrea McArdle cuts the ribbon, as young actor Ben Pedersen looks on
At the Sunday April 26 event attended by Media's Mayor Bob McMahon, Borough Council President Brian Hall, Media Business Authority Executive Director Zubair Khan, Delaware County Council's Colleen Morrone, and the theatre's Artistic Director Jesse Cline as well as Executive Director Patrick Ward, McArdle beamed with a bright look toward the future as she spoke prior to cutting the ribbon. 
Andrea McArdle speaks, looking at the young Media Theatre actors Ben Pedersen and Jaydin Knight with an eye toward the future

"This is a momentous occasion," she said. "The work done at The Media Theatre is truly wonderful, and the opportunities for the youth are very special. Talent must be nurtured. We are here to celebrate the opening of this new education space for music theatre, for singing and for dancing, and for these young people here with us today who truly are the future of Broadway."
Andrea McArdle speaks from the heart
"Education for the youth performers is very important to me," she stated. "I had the gift of "Annie" and now the young people in this region have this gift. A new space to learn, to rehearse, to follow their dreams."

It was a very meaningful, moving moment when this iconic actress, who belted out "Tomorrow" all those years ago and is now starring in "Hello Dolly" at The Media Theatre, cut the red ribbon at the entrance to the School & Dance Studio. It truly was inspirational, as everyone beamed with a smile as large as Andrea McArdle's as she looked adoringly at the youth members of the theatre's children's show "Magic Tree House: Knight At Dawn". 
Media Mayor Bob McMahon opens the ribbon cutting event
Mayor McMahon opened the event giving a proclamation to Executive Director Patrick Ward which states that April 26, 2015 is known as Media Theatre Day. "This new space will fulfill several purposes," McMahon said. "There will be opportunities here on State Street during Dining Under the Stars on Wednesday nights for young children."
Colleen Morrone, of Delaware County Council
Colleen Morrone of Delaware County Council said, "This is a wonderful addition to Media and also to the County. It, and The Media Theatre, are an economic boon to the region. Artistic Director Jesse Cline has a vision, and it's why he was just given an ICON Award by Media Arts Council. I get to introduce an ICON!"
Artistic Director Jesse Cline
With that Cline took center stage and looked upon the crowd with pride. "Thank you all," he said. "We are very happy to be more involved with the borough with this new space on State Street."
Media Borough Council President Brian Hall leads celebratory applause

Borough Council's President Brian Hall closed the ceremony by saying, "My daughter takes acting classes here. Speaking as a parent, I know how much care is given to each and every student from the staff at The Media Theatre."
Members of The Media Theatre's "Magic Tree House: Knight At Dawn" cast
After the cheers began to subside, the "Magic Tree House" cast in attendance happily went to the second floor dance studio for a well deserved pizza party. Tap and Ballet classes begin Monday April 27, but it was free-style dancing at the celebration party.

To find out more, or to register for classes, visit mediatheatre.org or call 610-891-0100.

READ ABOUT JESSE CLINE GETTING THE ICON AWARD HERE

Saturday, April 25, 2015

MEDIA THEATRE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR JESSE CLINE RECEIVES ICON AWARD FROM MEDIA ARTS COUNCIL

The Media Theatre's Artistic Director Jesse Cline received the 2015 ICON Award from Media Arts Council (MAC), a non-profit organization based in Media borough which seeks to actively support local artists and integrate a wide range of arts into the life of the entire local and regional community. 
Patrick Ward, Media Theatre Executive Director; Mayor Bob McMahon; Artistic Director Jesse Cline; and MAC's Executive Director Judy Fowler

In introducing the eveing at MAC's annual award presentation Friday night April 24, the Arts Council's Executive Director Judy Fowler said, "Jesse Cline is truly an artist, having been at the Artistic Director of The Media Theatre since 1994 and continuing its transition as a non-profit in the 2000's. We represent artists, and he is responsible for many years of bringing professional music theatre and education to the community."

She continued, "He and his partner Patrick Ward, the Executive Director of the theatre, work tirelessly to continue that goal and we are proud to present the 2015 ICON Award to Mr. Jesse Cline."
Jesse Cline with Judy Fowler at the ICON Awards presentation

Media borough Mayor Bob McMahon presented the award to Cline, saying "When Jesse started his mission at the theatre more than two decades ago, Media was a completely different place. Through the work of the theatre and it being a destination for thousands of visitors per year, the borough has seen a great transition since the 1990's."
Mayor Bob McMahon with Media Theatre Executive Director Patrick Ward

Cline accepted the honor by saying, "This is a humbling experience. All of us must continue to work together to do what is best for the borough and the region. I would also like to acknowledge your other honoree tonight, Mike Berman, who is your volunteer of the year recipient. Without volunteers, organizations like The Media Theatre and Media Arts Council simply would not be able to thrive."

He then stated, "I am appreciative of this wonderful honor and also wish to publicly thank the Mayor, Media Business Authority, and the Borough Council for being so supportive of what it is we do."
Media Business Authority's Bryan Messick and Zubair Khan

Cline has staged almost 100 productions at The Media Theatre since 1994, and as the Artistic Director since its revised status as a non-profit in the 2000's, has led the theatre to award status throughout the region with honors from Broadway World, Philadelphia Inquirer, Main Line Today Magazine, New York Daily News, Delaware County Council, Pennsylvania Senate, and the US Congress. He has brought Tony winning actors and nominees to The Media Theatre stage including Christine Andreas, Phillip Boykin, Betty Buckley, Ann Crumb, Andy Karl, and Andrea McArdle who is currently starring in "Hello Dolly" through May 24. Emmy winner Wanda Sykes also appeared on Media's stage in "Annie" in 2011. He holds a BFA in theatre from Virginia Commonwealth University and did graduate work at Bowling Green University. Having studied with the legendary acting teacher Sanford Meisner, Cline bases all of the theatre's work and educational opportunities on the Meisner Technique.
A wall in the Media Arts Council show room, which focuses on the work of local artists. The show room is open to the public.

Due to Cline's vision, The Media Theatre has a new second space opening April 26. The new School and Dance Studio at 28 West State Street will provide a continuing platform for youth and adults who have a passion for music theatre with Tap and Ballet classes, an expanded Acting Class curriculum, and Songwriting courses. 

For more information about The Media Theatre visit mediatheatre.org or call 610-891-0100. For information about Media Arts Council, visit www.MediaArtsCouncil.org 





Friday, April 24, 2015

RIBBON CUTTING SUNDAY APRIL 26 AT MEDIA THEATRE'S NEW SCHOOL AND DANCE STUDIO WITH ANDREA MCARDLE

ANDREA McARDLE JOINS MAYOR BOB McMAHON
TO CUT RIBBON ON MEDIA THEATRE’S
NEW SCHOOL & DANCE STUDIO

This exciting event happens Sunday April 26 at 1:30pm! 
Be there at 28 West State Street in Media.

It’s the grand opening celebrity ribbon-cutting of The Media Theatre’s New School and Dance Studio, located a mere two blocks from the theatre. Tony nominee Andrea McArdle, currently playing the title role in “Hello Dolly” through May 24, will join Mayor Bob McMahon, dignitaries from local business and government plus students who perform as the cast of “Magic Tree House: Knight At Dawn”.



In attendance, aside from Broadway star Andrea McArdle and Mayor McMahon, are Jesse Cline, the Artistic Director for the theatre company; Patrick Ward, the theatre’s Executive Director; Brian Hall, Media Borough Council President; Zubair Khan, Media Business Authority Executive Director; Colleen Morrone of Delaware County Council, and others.


            The school, situated right in the center of Media borough near the Plumstead Mall, offers year-round courses for children, teens and adults who have a passion for dancing, singing and acting. The upcoming curriculum ranges from classes in tap and songwriting to auditions. A “Billy Elliott” ballet class encourages young boys to try dance ahead of the 10-time Tony Award winning musical Billy Elliott, opening just before Thanksgiving. And talented tots ages 4 – 5 can enjoy a class called Intro To Theatre.



During the town’s annual spring/ summer event Dining Under The Stars, in which patrons enjoy delicious meals on State Street as dusk approaches, the theatre’s new School and Dance Studio will offer “Theatre Under The Stars” for children ages 5 and up who wish to partake in acting games and theatre fun while their parents are enjoying great meals from Media’s Restaurant Row.

            For tickets to “Hello Dolly” or “Magic Tree House: Knight At Dawn” visit mediatheatre.org or call 610-891-0100. You will also find information regarding the new Tap and Ballet classes which begin April 27 as well as other educational opportunities.



Wednesday, April 22, 2015

PHOTO FLASH! FIRST LOOK PICS OF 'HELLO DOLLY' STARRING BROADWAY'S ANDREA MCARDLE AT THE MEDIA THEATRE

The legendary "Hello Dolly", Jerry Herman's iconic Tony winning musical, returns to the stage with Broadway's Andrea McArdle at The Media Theatre.

Starring as the sassy, brassy, and always classy Dolly Levi who not only does her matchmaking but also meddles her way into Horace Vandergelder's life, McArdle lends her powerhouse vocals to songs such as "Before The Parade Passes By".

She's appearing now through May 24 at The Media Theatre, with Kelly Briggs in the role of Horace. Patrick Ludt is the youthful Cornelius, with Cameron Scot Slusser as his store-clerk sidekick Barnaby. Elisa Matthews sings "Ribbons Down My Back" as Irene Molloy, and Madalyn St. John is Minnie Fay. Dann Dunn is the director/ choreographer.

McArdle was previously seen at The Media and Bucks County Playhouse in their co-production of "Mame", for which she won Best Actress In A Musical from Broadway World Philadelphia in 2013. 

For tickets, call 610-891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org. Photos by Maura McConnell

ANDREA MCARDLE AS DOLLY LEVI, with JP Dunphy and Zachary Chiero

Cameron Scot Slusser as Barnaby with Madalyn St. John as Minnie Fay

Patrick Ludt as Cornelius, Kelly Briggs as Horace, Cameron Scot Slusser as Barnaby with Male Ensemble
ANDREA MCARDLE as DOLLY LEVI
Elisa Matthews as Irene Molloy

Friday, April 17, 2015

THEATRE UNDER THE STARS during Media's Dining Under The Stars

The Media Theatre and Media Music Theatre Company are happy to announce THEATRE UNDER THE STARS! 

This new event will take place each week during Media borough's Dining Under The Stars on State Street. As a direct tie-in to the popular weekly restaurant party from May through October The Media Theatre will offer acting classes, theatre games, and musical party time for kids ages 4-10. Snacks, soda, and water will be available ($1 each). (Weekly registration for THEATRE UNDER THE STARS per child each week is $25)

Both THEATRE UNDER THE STARS and Dining Under The Stars begin on Wednesday night May 6, lasting throughout the spring and summer and into the fall.

The Media Theatre hopes to assist in attracting more people to the borough and Dining Under The Stars by offering this new event for children from 6:00pm to 9:00pm each Wednesday at its new School and Dance Studio (28 West State Street). The first part of the evening will feature age appropriate theatre games, leading into improvisational scenes. The final 30 minutes each week are a fun Free-Style Dance Party.

With the new Studio being right in the center of the weekly popular dining destination, it's the perfect way to have a safe and fun spot for the kids while the parents are enjoying a great meal at the restaurant of their choice on State Street.

Roger Ricker, who teaches children's acting classes at Media Theatre, will supervise and instruct THEATRE UNDER THE STARS each week with special guests attending. For the younger set, this is a great introduction to Camp Media Theatre and other educational courses at the theatre, and for those with more experience on the stage it's a time to discover, create, and mingle with others who have an interest in being on stage.



THEATRE UNDER THE STARS INFO



Media Music Theatre Company is happy to announce the new 
THEATRE UNDER THE STARS!
This direct tie-in to Media borough's popular and delightful Dining Under The Stars takes place on WEDNESDAY NIGHTS each week May 6 through October. Instead of getting a babysitter, parents can register their children for this exciting new venture! 

Just drop off the kids, dine on State Street at your favorite restaurant, and then pick the kids up by 8:30pm.


**Children must be registered by 3pm the Wednesday you are dining**

What is THEATRE UNDER THE STARS?
It's an acting class/ theatre games/ theatre party time for kids ages 4-10 
whose parents are enjoying a meal at Dining Under the Stars on State Street.

What time is THEATRE UNDER THE STARS?
6:00-9:00pm

Where does it take place?
28 West State Street in Media, right next to The Plumstead Inn

How to register?
It's simple. It's $25 per child per week. 
Just call the box office at 610-891-0100 and choose your date (or dates)
Questions? Ask for Roger or email rer764@gmail.com

Thursday, April 16, 2015

RIDDLE HOSPITAL CANCER CENTER HOLDS ANNUAL FUNDRAISER AT MEDIA THEATRE'S 'HELLO DOLLY'

“Hello Dolly!” is at The Media Theatre through May 24 with one of the most memorable Tony winning scores of all time, written by the legendary Jerry Herman. Riddle Hospital Cancer Center is getting in on the fun holding its annual fundraiser during the show’s run on Saturday night May 2.
In "Hello Dolly", the matchmaker Dolly Levi stirs up the lives of her niece and two store clerks as she manipulates the proceedings, with her eyes on Horace Vandergelder. Songs include the classics "Before The Parade Passes By", "It Takes A Woman", "Put On Your Sunday Clothes", "It Only Takes A Moment", and the familiar trumpet-laced title tune.
Riddle Hospital's Cancer Advisory Committee gears up for its annual fundraiser at The Media Theatre. Pictured: Back row: Mary Jo Grove standing next to "Hello Dolly" actor Patrick Ludt who plays the role of Cornelius. Elisa Matthews who plays Irene Molloy with Committee members Bill Crow and Millard Thompson. Front: Maryanne Dotts, Judy Sharbaugh, Judy Crow, and Barbara Thompson
Each year during the past decade, the Cancer Center has been holding a fundraiser at The Media Theatre, where cancer survivors, friends and supporters gather for a pre-show reception and a classic Broadway musical. “Hello Dolly” captures the bright spirit the Cancer Center’s mission thrives upon.
The Center is a promise fulfilled by Riddle Hospital with a commitment to create a center of excellence dedicated to the treatment of cancer. It offers advanced treatment and a wide variety of education, prevention, and early detection programs. The annual fundraiser assists in fulfilling that promise with a development gain of between $2500 and $3500 annually for the Cancer Center.
Those who wish to purchase tickets to the Riddle Hospital Cancer Center's "Hello Dolly" Fundraiser may call Judy Crowe, Project Manager, at 610-925-4663. The reception starts at 7pm, with the evening's performance at 8pm. For information about the show, call The Media Theatre at 610-891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org.


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

STATE STREET MIRACLE PRESENTS STAR TO MEDIA THEATRE DURING BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

Jake Spencer, one of The State Street Miracles, held his 30th birthday celebration at The Media Theatre recently and-instead of just receiving gifts for his milestone-gave back to the professional music theatre company that has allowed him to perform regularly for seven years.

At the event attended by 80 of his closest friends and associates, including government and cultural leaders of Delaware County as well as his Special Olympics colleagues, Spencer presented Artistic Director Jesse Cline with a donation of a 'Star' for the Miracles, which will be displayed in the theatre's lobby. 
Pictured: Jake Spencer's mother Trish Cofiell, Media Theatre Artistic Director Jesse Cline, Miracle Jake Spencer, and the theatre's Development Associate Kimberly Bosshardt. 


Each star hung on the walls near the theatre's mission statement is worth $1000. Spencer collected the funds from his friends who attended the celebration so that the theatre would receive support for its performance troupe of adults with developmental disabilities and as a way of ensuring the State Street Miracles will forever have a place in the theatre's history.

Jesse Cline, upon accepting the Miracles' Star, said, "The Miracles program is the one we are most proud of here. It truly represents the idea that all who wish to perform on a professional stage have the opportunity to do so."

Jake Spencer's birthday celebration featured the concert, a reception, dancing, and karaoke for the participants. It was held on April 4. He's a founding member of the State Street Miracles, having started out at Camp Media Theatre a decade ago. 

His mother, Trish Cofiell, could not be more proud. "Jake is my rock," she said. "It's been a blessed 30 years and I look forward to many, many more." She brought her concept for the Miracles to Cline seven years ago. The two of them collaborated on what the State Street Miracles have eventually become-- a performance troupe of adults with developmental disabilities, who continue to spread the joy of music and dance while increasing awareness of the talents and abilities of people like themselves.

After the Star presentation, Spencer and the rest of the Miracles performed a 30 minute concert on stage, encompassing every song they perform currently. Titles included "Getting To Know You", "Do Re Mi", "Over the Rainbow", and "That's What Friends Are For".

With an impressive list of performance credits including the Senate Russell Rotunda in Washington, D.C. and the State Senate in Harrisburg, the Miracles are true ambassadors spreading the joy of music and The Media Theatre. They've been featured on WHYY and NBC-10, Rose Tree Summer Concert Series, and have performed at Delaware County Council meetings as well as Naturalization Ceremonies and the swearing-in of Delaware County District Judges. 


The troupe is a part of The Media Theatre's educational and community outreach mission to provide opportunities for those with an interest in the performing arts while advancing their speech and articulation, increasing self-esteem, and providing for stronger independence and decision-making for each group member. 
The Miracles perform with the Villanova University Supernovas (2014)

While people with disabilities are more included today in the school and work environment, there are still many barriers preventing them from participating in the arts community. The Media Theatre, through the work of the professional music theatre organization known as Media Music Theatre Company, provides a bridge to performance opportunities.
“We are happy to be able to showcase a group of performers like the State Street Miracles, who really demonstrate the pure joy of live performance,” said Jesse Cline, artistic director of the Media Theatre. “We are proud to have them as part of the Media Theatre family and they only strengthen our mission to nurture the joy, creativity and diversity unique to music theater. This group embodies the joy of music theater!”
The State Street Miracles are available to perform one or all of their songs at community functions in exchange for a donation to their program. They are also available to open events with “God Bless America.” For information about the State Street Miracles, contact Trish Cofiell at 610-459-5498. You may also visit www.mediatheatre.org or contact The Media Theatre at 610-891-0100. 


Monday, April 13, 2015

CAMP MEDIA THEATRE STAFF ANNOUNCED

June is bustin' out all over very soon, and Camp Media Theatre is a part of the summer fun!

Starting up June 15, Camp Media Theatre promises to be a memorable, fun, and educational experience for youth ages 5 and up who have an interest in music theatre. With classes daily in Acting, Singing, and Movement for the Stage, there are five two-week sessions to choose from.


A talented and enthusiastic staff is in place to educate during these fun summer months.
Megan Rucidlo, Camp Choreographer
Megan Rucidlo returns for her second summer as Camp Choreographer, instructing Movement for the Stage. No previous dance experience is necessary to enjoy the choreography given at Camp Media Theatre. Rucidlo has worked with all ages, having also been the New School choreographer and having her work seen in last summer's summer musical presentation "Fiddler On The Roof". An actress as well as a dancer, Rucidlo has appeared on Media's stage in several productions including "Ghost" and the current "Hello Dolly".


Ben Kapilow, Camp Media Theatre Music Director

Ben Kapilow will maintain the Singing portion of the camp as Music Director and Accompanist. Kapilow started playing piano in elementary school, drums in middle school, and composing at age 14. He studied composition privately at the Julliard School of Music when he was 17 years old and then later on at Swarthmore College, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 2013, and at the Bowdoin International Music Festival. He is active in education, currently teaching piano and voice for the Meridee Winters School of Music in Ardmore and the Darlington Arts Center in Garnet Valley, as well as music directing for the St. Pius School in Broomall and the Mother of Providence School in Wallingford. Ben has collaborated on compositions with artists across many disciplines and has written pieces for dozens of grade school ensembles.

Veteran acting instructors Roger Ricker and Tim Haney will instruct the Acting portion of the camp, following the Sanford Meisner Technique which suggests that 'acting is living as truthfully as one can under an imaginary circumstance'. No scripted scenes are memorized. Instead, each camper has a part in writing scenes which are then rehearsed daily to create a semi-improvisational look at what is relevant to each camper at their own age and their own level of performance. No previous experience is required or necessary for this fun summer presentation. 


Andrew DePaul, Camp Counselor and Administrator
Havertown's Andrew DePaul, who will be a sophomore at Gettysburg College in fall of 2015, will be a Camp Counselor and Administrator, maintaining daily scheduling and organization of the camp. He's been in over 20 productions ranging from classic musicals to avant-garde plays and is an alum of Upper Darby Summer Stage. DePaul will add his own input into the direction of each camp show. (The camp shows or presentations are performed for family and friends the final Friday of each camp session.) 

Other counselors and assistants are Kyleigh Bleacher, a former "Vocalist" and "Delco Idol" contestant at The Media Theatre who is studying theatre at West Chester University, and Caroline Adams who returns for her second summer assisting with daily operation of the camp. 

Jesse Cline, Artistic Director, created the camp 15 summers ago and has seen it grow from just over 70 students to its now annual average of 250. 

To register, or get more information, call 610-891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

BREAKING NEWS: NEW DANCE CLASSES FROM MEDIA THEATRE ARE HAPPENING DAILY

Get ready to dance! The Media Theatre is expanding its curriculum to include Tap and Ballet classes. They’ll take place at the new School and Dance Studio just two-and-a-half blocks from the theatre where Media Music Theatre Company thrives as the producing organization of all Broadway Series productions, Youth Series shows, and educational opportunities. The Studio is at 28 West State Street, right in the center of Media borough near the Plumstead Mall. 
Students Take Tap at The Media Theatre's new School and Dance Studio 

With a second highly visible location in Media, The Media Theatre will be able to provide a re-invigorated education program with new classes, instructors, and plenty of opportunity for those who have a passion for dancing, singing, and acting.

The NEW UPDATED SCHEDULE for the Dance Classes is:
TAP 1….Mon & Fri 4-5pm; also Wed & Thu 5-6pm

TAP 2….Mon &  Fri 5-6pm;

YOUTH BALLET …Mon, Tues, & Fri 6-7:30pm (ends at 7:15 Fridays); also Wed & Thu 6-7pm

ADULT BALLET ….STARTS WED. SEPT 23….EACH WEDNESDAY AT 7PM

CREATIVE MOVEMENT FOR KIDS AGES 4, 5, 6….STARTS SEPT. 19……SATURDAYS AT 10AM

CONTEMPORARY INDIAN DANCE….STARTS SEPT. 20….SUNDAYS AT 4:30

The classes are $12 each...to register you MUST sign up for 10 classes ($120 total)

BY DAY OF WEEK:
MONDAY:  4PM---TAP 1, 5PM---TAP 2, 6PM---YOUTH BALLET
TUESDAY: 6PM---YOUTH BALLET
WEDNESDAY: 5PM---TAP 1, 6PM---YOUTH BALLET, 7PM---ADULT BALLET
THURSDAY: 5PM---TAP 1, YOUTH BALLET---6PM
FRIDAY: 5PM---TAP 2, YOUTH BALLET---6PM
SATURDAY:  10AM---CREATIVE MOVEMENT FOR AGES 4, 5, 6

SUNDAY: 4:30PM---CONTEMPORARY INDIAN DANCE


Registration is easy. Classes are $12 each, and must be purchased in groups of 10 each. You may purchase a $120 dance card, which will be punched each time a class is attended. After 10 classes, simply re-register for the next 10 classes. Once registered with a dance card, enrollees may attend any classes until their dance card is ‘full’. 

You may register by calling 610-891-0100 or click on the link below.

REGISTER HERE AND NOW!


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