Posts

Showing posts from July, 2015

2015 VOCALIST TOP 15 ANNOUNCED AT THE MEDIA THEATRE

Image
It’s getting down to the wire for the Wednesday night “Vocalist” competition at The Media Theatre. The 2015 eliminations have begun after four weeks of wonderfully talented singers entertaining audiences and the top 15 have been announced.
Returning to the Finals during Week Five areGrace Atherholt, 19, York; Chesroleeysia Bobb, 16, Feasterville; Rhiannon Charney, 18, Upper Chichester; Victoria D'Ascenzo, 14, Upper Chichester; Julia Degruchy, 19, Philadelphia; Maggie Kennedy, 18, Malvern; Danielle Lachall, 24, Aston; Paul Mariani III, 15, Ardmore; Jacob Mergott, 16, Swarthmore; Camille Mola, 23, Springfield; Robert Rinaldo, 24, Paoli; Skyler Shields, 16, Downingtown; Emma Smith, 18, Phoenixville; Lauryn Morgan Thomas, 19, Upper Darby; Francesca Venezia, 18, Collegeville. 
An important note: Thomas Dempsey, 16, of Brookhaven was one of the original top 15. However, he is unable to return to the Finals so the next person with the highest score, Francesca Venezia, takes his place. She …

TOP TEN REASONS TO SEE ROGER RICKER & FRIENDS 'GOOD VIBRATIONS' CONCERT AUGUST 19 AT THE MEDIA THEATRE

Image
There are ten reasons why you should not miss the ROGER RICKER & FRIENDS August 19 "Good Vibrations" concert at The Media Theatre.

1) It's a night of terrific and fun '60's hits you may remember, performed with three ingredients: Roger Ricker, lots of energy and a keyboard played with strength by Ben Kapilow.

2) You'll be one of the first local audiences to see Brandon Ranalli, who is playing the title role in The Media Theatre's holiday musical "Billy Elliot: The Musical", do his spectacular dancing. You do not want to miss this!

3) Audiences will enjoy the super talents of 10 year old singer/ songwriter Sarah Shoumer. Yes, she's 10 years old and she writes her own songs plus accompanies herself on the keyboard! 

4) Broadway's Kelly Briggs, seen at Media Theatre recently alongside Andrea McArdle in "Hello Dolly" as Vandergelder, will make an appearance dressed to the nines in a meaningful, memorable performance.

5) Paul Mariani…

MEDIA THEATRE MINION CAMP IS AUGUST 24-28

Image
Want to be a Media Theatre Minion? Sign up for a special Camp Media Theatre one-week session the final week of August. Media Theatre Minions Camp starts August 24 and goes through August 28.
The special new camp session will have the same hours as Camp Media Theatre. Drop-off is in the morning from 8:30am to 9:30pm, with classes in Acting, Music, and Movement (Dance) taking place from 9:30am to 3:30pm Monday through Friday. The camp will close on Friday August 28 at 5:30pm with a special on stage performance for family and friends.
Media Theatre Minions Camp is open to ages 5 and up. It’s just $400 for the entire week camp or $350 if you’ve already been a registered camper at The Media Theatre this summer.
The camp will include songs used in the Minions movies such as “Happy” by Pharrell, “YMCA”, and “Fun, Fun, Fun!”
Campers will create their own scenes in the acting classes at the camp, which do not have to be Minion related…but certainly can be!

Space is limited, so register soon by cal…

VOCALIST JUNIOR HAS FIRST ELIMINATIONS OF THE SUMMER AT MEDIA THEATRE

Image
The contestants arrived at the same call time as they do each Sunday night during the "Vocalist Junior" contest--6:15. While there were a few stragglers here and there, most were on time.
The 31 contestants, ages 7-13, gathered in the theatre. The anticipation of the night's proceedings was palpable. This was the first night eliminations would be made, so six of the talented performers would not be returning for the Semi-Finals of Week Four.
To add some levity to the anxiety each contestant was feeling, Artistic Director Jesse Cline asked the group "How do you spell elimination?" As they giggled and tried to spell the word, the first three completely stumbling on the third syllable (interestingly all thought it was an 'a' instead of an 'i') one boy said loudly "I'm no good at spelling!" While spelling may not be their forte, the contestants are certainly good at singing and performing to a decent sized crowd each Sunday night. 
25 of …

NEW! 'ALADDIN JR' PICS! SHOW IS HERE THRU AUGUST AT MEDIA THEATRE

Image
Disney has a hit on Broadway right now with "Aladdin", but local audiences are able to catch a one hour youth version of the musical at The Media Theatre now through August. It's on Saturdays at 11am and Sundays at Noon each weekend.

"Aladdin Jr" features great songs from the award winning score that you know and love including "Friend Like Me" and "Whole New World" as a humorous wise-cracking Genie played by Denzel Thomas assists Aladdin in winning the heart of Princess Jasmine.


The show is perfect for ages 4 and up, with plenty of humor and adventure to keep the audience wide-eyed and attentive. Parents love the show, too, as it brings back memories of the classic animated film.

For tickets call The Media Theatre at 610-891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org. ($12-15) 

AMAZING TWIST IN THIRD WEEK OF MEDIA THEATRE'S 2015 'VOCALIST' CONTEST

Image
In an amazing twist following week three of The Media Theatre's Wednesday night "Vocalist" competition, none of the contestants were eliminated heading into the Semi-Finals.
It was a historic first for the contest, currently having its 10th season. 
The past two years has seen no eliminations taking place at all during the first three weeks in order to give each competitor an opportunity to hone their craft in front of a live audience. Three weeks of votes from the guest judges, Artistic Director Jesse Cline, and public ballots are accumulated and added to see who gets cut prior to week four's semi-finals.
But not this summer. All of the contestants will be returning for week four because, as Cline stated during the surprise announcement, "The voting is simply too close to call right now and everyone gets a chance to return for one more week." The Semi-Final scores will be added to the first three weeks, and eliminations will be made prior to the Finals.

It was…

MORE PICS FROM 'THE WHO'S TOMMY' AT MEDIA THEATRE

Image
'THE WHO'S TOMMY' continues at The Media Theatre through August 9 with performances on Friday nights at 7pm; Saturdays at 2pm & 7pm; and Sundays at 3pm.

The production, directed by Jesse Cline, is a hybrid--combining professional theatre with a performance opportunity for teen actors achieving education through stage experience.

Professional actors join the young performers on stage. Garrison Carpenter, seen in The Media Theatre's "Ghost" musical recently, portrays the title role. He'll be in "Billy Elliot: The Musical" over the upcoming holiday season as Billy's older boxing brother Tony.  Adam Hoyak, who appeared on stage with Andrea McArdle in "Hello Dolly", is Captain Walker.

A live rock band is on stage throughout the production, directed by accompanist Christopher Ertelt. Graphic screen design is by Christopher Jordan, assisting to bring the story to life.

'THE WHO'S TOMMY' is the Tony winning musical by Pete Town…

PICS! WEEK 2 OF MEDIA THEATRE'S 2015 'VOCALIST JR' IMPRESSES WITH PERSONALITY

Image
Week two of the "Vocalist Jr" contest at The Media Theatre raised the bar a bit from the first week. There were less nerves and anxieties which allowed each performer to relax a bit and simply have fun on stage as they brought their all to each performance.

It was also a week in which personal statements were showcased through the songs chosen and sung by the 7-13 year old group. Sarah Shoumer, 10 of Wayne, certainly brought her own unique personal feelings to the stage with an original song she composed herself. Someone of her age writing and performing a song is, in itself, not seen often. The fact that it was actually a good song only added to the memorable two minutes or so she sat serenely at the keyboard and poured her heart into a microphone.
The song she wrote and performed was titled "One Day". Jesse Cline, the theatre's Artistic Director who is the one constant judge throughout the summer competition, was at his usual spot on stage left. He asked Sarah …