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GREAT REVIEWS COMING IN FOR ANDREA MCARDLE AND 'HELLO DOLLY'!

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The show opened Friday night April 24, and already the great reviews are coming in!


This blog posting will help you find them, with each link below:

PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER SAYS 'SPLENDID' DOLLY!

TICKET MAGAZINE SAYS 'ELECTRIFYING'!

DELCO NEWS NETWORK SAYS 'SPARKLES'!

THEATRE SENSATION SAYS 'FUN'!

BROADWAY WORLD SAYS 'LAVISH!'

NEAL ZOREN SAYS 'DOLLY SOARS!'

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

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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. 
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. 

"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 spa…

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

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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. 

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."

Media borough Mayor Bob McMahon presen…

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

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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…

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

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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 v…

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 improvi…

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

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“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. 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 p…

STATE STREET MIRACLE PRESENTS STAR TO MEDIA THEATRE DURING BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

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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. 

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 ac…

CAMP MEDIA THEATRE STAFF ANNOUNCED

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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 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 "Hell…

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

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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. 

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 MOVEMEN…