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MEDIA THEATRE'S ELECTRIC CABARET A FUN-RAISING SUCCESS!

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The first ever "Electric Cabaret" held Saturday May 30 was a fun-raising success for The Media Theatre!

Held at the home of Gregory Smith, the 15 year old Episcopal Academy student who started his theatrical training at The Media Theatre almost a decade ago, the outdoor concert and party brought tons of talent to the patio stage.
David Smith, Gregory's father who assisted his son create the Cabaret in their backyard in Media, opened the event by saying "This is a fundraiser, this is a show, but it's also a party to celebrate the wonderful things happening at The Media Theatre! So have fun, enjoy the performances, and support the theatre whenever you can."
The Flying Deutschman provided the delicious German catering, reminding everyone that Gregory's mother Inge is 100% German and is very proud of her heritage.
"Ghost: The Musical" may have ended in March, but its stars Anna Giordano and Zack Krajnyak were on hand to emcee the event and sing from t…

MEDIA THEATRE'S 2015 'VOCALIST' AND 'VOCALIST JUNIOR' CONTESTANTS ANNOUNCED...FEATURING MANY NEWCOMERS

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The Media Theatre is where you'll find the best local up and coming talent this summer in the 2015 "Vocalist" and "Vocalist Junior" contests. Young singers from elementary school age through college and a bit beyond will entertain audiences twice per week beginning July 8 for five weeks. Media Music Theatre Company produces the event each summer.

The 2015 contestants feature a highter percentage of newcomers to The Media Theatre stage than in year's past, plus a set of twins and two-out-of-three triplets (the third is into sports, to keep the family well-balanced). 

They're culled from recent auditions held at the theatre's new School and Dance Studio in Media. The actual contest performances will take place at the theatre (104 East State Street). Ages 14-24 will sing their hearts out Wednesday nights at 7pm during "The Vocalist" with the tots and pre-teens ages 7-13 in "The Vocalist Junior" taking the stage Sunday nights at the sa…

SUMMER EVENTS BRING MUSIC AND HUMOR TO THE MEDIA THEATRE

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During June, July, and August The Media Theatre, which is known for its award-winning Broadway Series of musicals, places the spotlight on special event programming and highlights its talented youth.
The summer of 2015 is no exception, as major Philadelphia celebrities Big Daddy Graham and Jeff Coon share the stage with the summer camps and Vocalist contests.
It all begins Saturday June 13 as Media borough spotlights its Blues Stroll headliners Lil' Ed and the Blues Imperials on stage at The Media Theatre. They were first here in 2007, becoming the most popular and memorable headline show for a Blues Stroll ever. The band's wildly energetic and seriously soulful music is jam-packed with Lil' Ed's incendiary slide playing and passionate singing.
On Thursday night July 23 at 7:30pm, a special ALS benefit is headlined by Jeff Coon and his Summer Club. Titled "A Swingin' Concert for Hope", it features Philadelphia favorite Coon and a cool cast of crooners perfor…

MEDIA THEATRE HAS 2015-16 SEASON AUDITIONS COMING UP IN JUNE

The Media Theatre has season auditions June 8 (EPA starting at 10am) and a separate call for youth on June 13 at 1pm.

Playbill.com has all of the information regarding the Monday June 8 EPA here:
READ ABOUT THE JUNE 8 AUDITIONS HERE

A separate Youth audition for children and teens (specifically for the shows "Gypsy", "Billy Elliot", and "To Kill A Mockingbird") will be held on Saturday June 13 at 1pm at The School and Dance Studio (28 West State Street). Please prepare a song and be dressed to move for "Gypsy" and "Billy Elliot"; prepare a monologue for "To Kill A Mockingbird". Seeing ages 7 and up only. No phone calls. Please do not arrive to register until 12:30pm. Email Roger Ricker at rer764@gmail.com with questions. 

MEDIA THEATRE'S 'ELECTRIC CABARET' FEATURES THE STARS OF 'GHOST'

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Saturday May 30 at 4pm the stars of The Media Theatre's recent "Ghost: The Musical", Anna Giordano and Zack Krajnyak, will be featured in the "Electric Cabaret". Born out of a young teen's vision to give back to the theatre he loves so dearly, the "Electric Cabaret" is happening at his own home.

Gregory Smith, 16, started his theatre training at The Media Theatre at the age of 6. Cast in a Saturday morning children's show at the time, his passion for acting and singing began to blossom. Soon, he was performing in mainstage productions such as "Oklahoma!". Eventually he became a contestant in what was then referred to as "Delco Idol, Jr" and won the vocal competition. 

His training took him to the Walnut Theatre stage where he played the lead in "Oliver!" a few years ago, and he won a nationwide Kidz Bop online singing competition.

"With this fundraiser on May 30 I want to give back to The Media Theatre," he…

GAIN DANCE TECHNIQUE AND SOLID TRAINING IN MEDIA...WHY TRAVEL TO NYC?

The Media Theatre's new School & Dance Studio offers valuable training which happens daily locally in the Philadelphia region. It's a solid and reputable venue, built upon years of professional music theatre, which begs one to ask the question "Why travel to NYC to train?" or "Why search elsewhere?"
There is a mind-set within the theatre community, particularly with parents of children and teens, that in order to gain the best dance training you must go beyond your immediate geographic region to take lessons. This is a fallacy that simply leads people toward a 'dream' rather than a fulfilled training experience.

For instance, it's a fact that Broadway is the be-all and end-all goal for those who wish to 'make it big' in the world of theatre. Therefore, it must be the same when it comes to proper training, right? Wrong!
Training of good quality which produces proper technique, in the realm of acting, singing, and/ or dance, does not have…

MEDIA THEATRE ANNOUNCES CAST OF 'ALADDIN JR'!

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Disney's "Aladdin Jr", the one hour youth version of the hit Broadway musical, delights audiences each weekend June through August. Saturday performances are at 11am with Sunday shows at Noon. There is one Friday morning show at 9:45am on June 5.

Based on the classic animated film in which a humorous genie assists the young Aladdin in his adventurous quest in which he meets up with the beautiful Princess Jasmine, the score features Grammy and Oscar winning songs like "A Whole New World" and "Friend Like Me".


The cast of Disney's "Aladdin Jr" is :


ALADDIN---GIANNI PALMARINI/ THOMAS LOCK (double cast) PRINCESS JASMINE---VERONICA GARRUBBO/ EMILY KINKA (double cast)
GENIE---DENZEL THOMAS
NARRATORS ---(All in each show. Perform together as a singing group) HANNAH BRADY, ELAINA FITZGERALD, JUSTIN FITZGERALD, BRIDGET HENRY, SEAN O’ NEILL, EMILY SMITH, MARY KATE VINK, VIOLET WILEY
JAFAR---ROGER RICKERIAGO, THE PARROT--- CARTER WEISS/ BEN PEDERSEN (do…