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BUY BOOKS AT BARNES & NOBLE JULY 1-14 AND SUPPORT THE MEDIA THEATRE!

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Everyone loves a good book no matter what time of the year it might be. Now, when you purchase something you just can't wait to read during the days of July 1-July 14 at a Barnes & Noble bookstore near you (or order from their website) you will also be supporting The Media Theatre!

It's the Barnes & Noble Bookfair, and this year The Media Theatre is a part of it. Known for producing new and classic musicals, the theatre has started an annual tradition of producing one well known play based on classic literature. The 2015-16 Broadway Series features the title "To Kill A Mockingbird", which will be brought to life onstage with professional actors January 27 to February 14, 2016. 


The play is based on Harper Lee's legendary novel, which is a must-read for all high school students. Harper Lee has been in the news a lot recently, as the sequel to the famous book is being released on July 14. This is the reason for The Media Theatre's participation in the Bar…

IRON WORKERS BANK SPONSORS THE MEDIA THEATRE'S 2015 'VOCALIST' CONTESTS

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Iron Workers Bank sponsors The Media Theatre's "Vocalist" and “Vocalist Junior” contests each July and August, working with the professional music theatre company to highlight aspiring young singers. 
The annual event is produced by Media Music Theatre Company, the professional music theatre organization housed at The Media Theatre. Jesse Cline, the Artistic Director for the Company, created the competition a decade ago when it was referred to as “Delco Idol”. The title was changed three years ago to better represent what the theatre’s mission highlights, which is music theatre.
“The Vocalist” contests are also pure entertainment for audiences. Both those who know singers on the stage and those who are not connected to the performers or contestants in any way walk away humming the selection of Broadway and pop classics each vocalist puts their heart into. In this way, it’s very similar to the nationally televised singing competitions.
John Whitig, the President of Iron Wo…

MEDIA THEATRE SUBSCRIBER PARTY HIGHLIGHTS TALENT, PATRONS, AND MORE

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On Sunday June 14 at 3pm Media Theatre patrons and supporters mingled with the staff and talent from its stage. It was Media Music Theatre Company's 2015 Subscriber Party, which presented a re-cap of the past season and added a look toward the future with the upcoming 2015-16 Broadway Series season. The non-profit Company produces all Broadway Series, Children's Series, and Educational Programs at The Media Theatre.
Marsha Peltz, the company's Director of Development, presented a moving and memorable video presentation to start the afternoon's event. The video, created by her son Brandon, created the celebratory tone of the mini-gala. The screen was bright with mention of The Media Theatre's Broadway World wins and scenes from the past season's shows and youth programs. 

Artistic Director Jesse Cline spoke to the appreciation the theatre has for its patrons and supporters, also mentioning the new School and Dance Studio two blocks away from the theatre. "We …

MEDIA THEATRE ANNOUNCES ENTIRE 'THE WHO'S TOMMY' CAST FOR SUMMER EVENT

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The classic rock and roll musical "The Who's Tommy" is at The Media Theatre July 9 through August 10 with performances on Fridays at 7pm; Saturdays at 2pm and 7pm; and Sundays at 3pm each weekend.


The summer production is an educational experience for young teen actors as they work with professional adults actors to bring Pete Townshend's sensational show to life.

Previously announced cast members include professional actor Garrison Carpenter as Tommy, who recently appeared in The Media Theatre's "Ghost: The Musical". Adam Hoyak, who appeared alongside Andrea McArdle in the recent "Hello Dolly", is Captain Walker.

The complete cast is:

Tommy....Garrison Carpenter
Five Year Old Tommy...Aiden Fox
Ten Year Old Tommy...(double cast) Josh Atkinson, Ben Pedersen
Captain Walker....Adam Hoyak
Mrs. Walker....Emily Kinka
Uncle Ernie....Roger Ricker
Acid Queen.... (double cast) Amber Duncan/ Madison Yannatelli 
The Lover/ Mr. Simpson...Corey Katona
Sally Simpson....…

SWINGIN' CONCERT FOR HOPE AT MEDIA THEATRE JULY 23 WITH JEFF COON'S SUMMER CLUB AND 17-PIECE BAND

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Fundraising for ALS definitely has a cool factor, as in ice cubes. Last summer the viral Bucket Challenge raised incredible awareness and funds for ALS, a degenerative neurological disease that leads to progressive weakness. This summer in suburban Philadelphia, ALS Hope Foundation is channeling cool with capital letters, as in swinging sounds backed by a big band. Join them on Thursday, July 23 at the Media Theatre for Swingin’ Concert For Hope. 
Philadelphia favorite Jeff Coon headlines a cool cast of crooners performing, joking and dancing before a 17-piece live band. The 2-hour swingin’ concert will star Fran Prisco, JP Dunphy, Michael Philip O’Brien along with Coon. Their set list (and antics) will conjure up memories of a night out at a swanky supper club or a 1960’s casino lounge act. Sprinkled between songs will be guest acts including Philly actress and singer Krissy Fraelich.

Jersey shore summer residents are already familiar with this supper club show as Coon and friends regu…

PROFESSIONAL ACTORS HEADLINE 'THE WHO'S TOMMY' SUMMER MUSICAL AT MEDIA THEATRE

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The Media Theatre's Broadway Series starts up again in September, but until then several professional actors who have appeared on its stage will headline the classic rock and roll musical "The Who's Tommy" in July and August.

Pete Townshend's Tony winning musical about the deaf, blind, and mute boy who becomes a famous Pinball Wizard will not only highlight a dozen talented teen performers, it will put the spotlight on several of the area's professional actors who will bring their years of experience to the stage.
Garrison Carpenter, recently seen in The Media Theatre's popular "Ghost: The Musical", will add his pop tenor to the role of Tommy. Carpenterrecieved his masters degree in opera performance from Florida State University. Recent roles include Tony in West Side Story and Sweeney Todd in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.  
Adam Hoyak, who worked alongside Andrea McArdle in the critically acclaimed "Hello Dolly", will …