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MEDIA THEATRE WELCOMES MARSHA PELTZ AS NEW DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT

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Marsha Peltz, The Media Theatre’s Director of Development who also assists with publicity for the professional music theatre company, may be a new staff member at the theatre but she is certainly not new to the region. She returns to her entertainment ‘roots’ after a few years away when she promoted the former Valley Forge Music Fair and several Atlantic City casino hotels.
Philadelphia-based Peltz is an award-winning publicist who's promoted everything from Amoco Oil to Zany Brainy. The Philadelphia Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) awarded Marsha its 2003 Pepperpot for Best Independent Practitioner -- one of several PR trophies she's proudly taken home over the years.
Marsha started her career as a newspaper reporter. In the 1980s she was Atlantic City's youngest casino PR director, promoting everything from Mickey Mantle to middle-of-the-night jackpot winners. She started producing TV specials at 6ABC, while handling over 100 headliners annually as Valley Forge M…

MEDIA THEATRE'S NEW SCHOOL THEATRE STUDY PROGRAM OFFERS NEW OPPORTUNITIES FOR TEENS

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The Media Theatre's New School is entering its fifth year during the 2015-16 Season.

A prestigious 'by invitation or audition only' theatre study program for two age groups, The New School focuses on the truth of performance: Who is the actor and how does the actor approach the scene, monologue, or song? 
Based within the Sanford Meisner technique, which is defined with the statement "Acting is living as truthfully as one can under an imaginary circumstance", The New School focuses on two aspects of music theatre (Acting and Vocal Music) for the younger age group on Mondays during the 4:30-6:30pm class beginning September 28. 


The Teens (ages 12 and up) will not have a class structured in the same way. They will, instead, form a Youth Ensemble Performance Troupe which will meet every Thursday from 4:30-6:30pm starting October 1.
The New School Teens will differ from any other class at The Media Theatre in the following ways:
1) They will focus on one act plays and mus…

MEDIA THEATRE ANNOUNCES CAST FOR 'TALE OF BEAUTY AND THE BEAST'

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The Media Theatre's 2015-16 Children's Series begins the weekend of September 26 with "Tale of Beauty and The Beast". The show plays through November 1.

This new musical version of the classic story blends humor with plenty of heart as we learn that greed and selfishness create misfortune, while love conquers all. 

With a cast of Media Theatre students and professional adult actors, the one hour show is the perfect treat for ages 4 and up. Showtimes are Saturdays at 11am and Sundays at Noon.

Jacob Mergott, who wowed audiences this past summer in "The Vocalist" contest with his powerful pop-tenor vocals, will play the role of The Prince/ The Beast. He's from Wallingford and is 16 years old. This will be his debut in a production at The Media Theatre.

Molly Sorensen will play the role of The Beauty. She's 15 and is from Malvern. She had audiences applauding with enthusiasm this past winter when she played the title role in "Snow White" and is th…

FALL SEMESTER OF ACTING CLASSES BEGINS AT MEDIA THEATRE WEEKEND OF SEPT. 12

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Acting classes start up again the weekend of September 12 at The Media Theatre. The Fall semester presents a variety of classes for children, teens, and adults.  

The classes offer professional training for those just beginning or wishing to further their education. Instruction is based on The Meisner Technique which follows the basic structure that ‘Acting is living as truthfully as one can under an imaginary circumstance.’ 
Within this curriculum there is no ‘character’ or pretense and actors are placed in an environment which allows them to be who they are, building self-awareness and self-esteem within their own unique personality. The idea of ‘copying’ someone else’s performance is pushed aside as actors create from within themselves to fulfill the required role they may be asked to portray.
The Media Theatre will continue to offer three levels separate levels for children. The popular Children’s Class, for ages 6 and up, will meet on Saturday mornings at 9am beginning September 12 …

MANHATTAN SHORT FILM FESTIVAL RETURNS TO MEDIA THEATRE SEPT. 28 & 29

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The independent short film festival known as the Manhattan Short Film Festival returns to The Media Theatre for the fourth consecutive year Monday and Tuesday September 28 and 29 at 7pm. The ten films chosen to be in the Festival not only entertain a global audience, but also allow the audience around the world to choose the winner. Audiences at The Media Theatre actually cast votes that count towards the eventual winning film.
The films will be screened around the world from September 25 to October 4, 2015, when over 100,000 film lovers in over 250 cities across six continents gather in Cinemas, Museums and Universities for one purpose...to view and vote on the Finalists' Films in the 18th Annual MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival. Audiences at each film site are given a voting card upon entry and asked to vote for the film they believe should win. Votes are sent, by theatre management, to Manhattan Short headquarters and the winner is announced shortly after the worldwide festival clo…

MEDIA THEATRE ADDS ADULT BALLET CLASS, INDIAN DANCE, AND MORE!

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The Media Theatre, with its new School & Dance Studio located at 28 West State Street in Media, continues to introduce new courses for all ages. Three new dance classes will start in September.
Dorothy Brown, who currently teaches Tap and Ballet for youth with the theatre, will instruct two new classes: Adult Ballet, and Creative Dance for Children Ages 4 to 6.
The new Adult Ballet Class will meet on Wednesdays beginning September 23 at 7pm. For an hour each week, adults will meet who wish to refresh their skills or introduce themselves to the art of ballet. This class will emphasize fun, pressure-free learning while improving flexibility, increasing strength and stamina, and reducing stress. Proper placement and correct technique is emphasized while participating in the joy of movement.
Creative Dance For Ages 4 to 6 will begin Saturday September 19 at the Studio. The hour long class at 10am each week will introduce very young children to the art of dance as it explores movement, r…

MEDIA THEATRE ENTERTAINS AT CITY TEAM MINISTRIES FUNDRAISER AUGUST 13

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Throughout the Greater Delaware Valley, Cityteam is providing hot meals, safe shelter, showers, and clean clothing to the local homeless population. Located in the heart of Chester, Pennsylvania Cityteam serves those in desperate need throughout the Delaware Valley. Dedicated and caring staff and volunteers reach out to those in need of a hot meal, a safe shelter, and decent clothing. They also offer a recovery program for those afflicted by drug and alcohol problems. The organization held a Night of Hope fundraiser at Paul and Theresa Murtaugh's residence on Thursday August 13, which was attended by many Delaware County luminaries. The Media Theatre graciously accepted the invitation to provide entertainment for the evening's event.  Professional actors Lauren Cupples and JP Dunphy, both frequently seen on The Media Theatre stage and members of Actors Equity Association, provided terrific vocals during the fundraiser, as did little 8 year old Ava Briglia, one of the 2015 Vocali…

MEDIA THEATRE ANNOUNCES CAST OF 'GYPSY'

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The legendary musical "Gypsy" plays on The Media Theatre stage September 23 through November 1, opening the award-winning music theatre company's 2015-16 Broadway Series season.

With Philadelphia's own Broadway actress Kristine Fraelich as Mama Rose, the ultimate aggressive stage mother, this powerful story of a mother and her daughters presents a dark side of show business wrapped in a Jule Styne score which contains some of the most iconic show tunes of all time. Stephen Sondheim's lyrics create an irony within the tune-filled melodies of "Let Me Entertain You" and "You'll Never Get Away From Me". Whatever her intentions, Mama Rose certainly leaves an impression as she pushes her daughters toward the pinnacle of stardom. 

Fraelichwas seen in "The Addams Family" last season as Alice, giving a bravura performance which allowed her to showcase shimmering vocals. She'll do the same this fall in "Gypsy" belting out "…

WEST CHESTER'S JD TRIOLO WINS MEDIA THEATRE'S 'VOCALIST JUNIOR' 2015 CONTEST

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His final song was "Who I'd Be" from Broadway's Shrek: The Musical. It capped a winning five-week stage adventure for West Chester's 13 year old JD Triolo who won The Media Theatre's 2015 "Vocalist Junior" contest. Walking away with a $500 cash prize and a gift certificate for the theatre, JD beamed as he hugged the runner-up (Cassidy Else, 10, of Drexel Hill). 
West Chester has a lot to be proud of with JD Triolo. He stuck to his Broadway repertoire throughout the five week competition showcasing his brand of stylized music theatre. With a poise and competence rarely seen for someone of his young age, he captured the audience and the judge's attention each time he performed. 

The rest of the top five were third place winner Veronica Garrubbo, 12, of Berwyn; fourth place tiny songstress Ava Briglia, 8, of Media; and singer/ songwriter Sarah Shoumer, 10, of Wayne who actually performed two of her own compositions during the Junior singing contest.

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MEDIA THEATRE NAMES 2015 'VOCALIST' WINNER: SPRINGFIELD'S CAMILLE MOLA

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After all the songs were sung, the 2015 "Vocalist" winner was announced at The Media Theatre on Wednesday August 5. It was 23 year old Springfield resident Camille Mola who went home with the $1500 cash prize and an opportunity to appear on FOX-TV Channel 29's "Good Day Philadelphia" next week alongside the always cheerful Sue Serio. 

Serio adds her warm persona to the "Vocalist" contest each year as emcee, sharing the duties this year with her husband Bill Vargus. 
Camille Mola, who is employed at the Academy of Vocal Arts, attended Penn State and Cardinal O' Hara High School. She brought her game to the stage during the Finals. Both of her songs -"A Way Back To Then" and Whitney Houston's powerhouse ballad "I Have Nothing"- were done with such fierce power it seemed there was no stopping this tiny talented young lady. During each of the last five weeks, audience response to her vocal performances, which combined terrific ac…

NEW---3RD ROUND OF PICS FROM MEDIA THEATRE'S 'THE WHO'S TOMMY'

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If you have not seen THE WHO'S TOMMY at The Media Theatre, here's what you're missing.

The hit rock and roll Broadway musical is on stage one more weekend, Friday through Sunday August 7, 8, and 9. Shows Friday at 7pm; Saturday at 2pm; Saturday at 7pm; and Sunday at 3pm.

In Pete Townshend's classic score, young Tommy Walker becomes deaf, blind, and mute following a string of traumatic life changing happenings. He eventually becomes a Pinball Wizard and receives national acclaim. The production features professional actors Garrison Carpenter as Tommy and Adam Hoyak as Captain Walker with a cast of mostly teens. Other adults include Media Theatre's Roger Ricker as Uncle Ernie, Tim Haney as the Hawker, and Denzel Thomas is featured throughout. 

Jesse Cline directs, with Christopher Ertelt conducting a live band onstage.

Get Tickets! Call 610-891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org



MEDIA THEATRE WELCOMES NEW DANCE INSTRUCTOR

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The Media Theatre welcomes a new Dance Instructor, Dorothy Brown. She will teach Tap and Ballet Classes. The classes will be held at the theatre's School and Dance Studio, 28 West State Street in Media, which had a ribbon cutting by Andrea McArdle this past April. 
Dorothy Yarnall Brown is happy to return to her hometown in Delaware County after living and teaching in Massachusetts for the last several years. In Massachusetts, Dorothy was on the faculty of the Franklin School for the Performing Arts. While there, she taught Creative Dance and Rhythm and Movement for preschoolers, Pre-Ballet and Leveled Ballet, Adult Ballet, acting, musical theatre, and piano classes.


Dorothy also choreographed and staged musical numbers and prepared students for performances. In addition to teaching technique classes, Dorothy has taught dance classes for students with special needs.  Most recently Ms. Brown choreographed Anything Goes! and Fiddler on the Roof for Archmere Academy.

Ms. Brown’s format…

MEDIA THEATRE'S 2015 'VOCALIST JUNIOR' ANNOUNCES TOP 15 SINGERS

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The Media Theatre's "Vocalist Junior" started four weeks ago on a pleasant Sunday night in July with 31 young singers putting their hearts into Broadway and pop tunes. From age 7 to age 13, each of them had unique qualities to share on stage in front of an adoring crowd.
Then, the final weekend in July, it dropped to 25 youth performers who rehearsed at 8am on a hot Saturday morning with Ben Kapilow, the accompanist. Each weekend during the competition, Kapilow gets up in plenty of time to head to the theatre on Saturday mornings to work with the elementary to junior high school age performers.
Now, the 2015 "Vocalist Junior" is down to the Top 15 who head into the Final Round of the annual summer singing contest which is sponsored by Iron Workers Bank.
The Top 15 Finalists are: Josh Atkinson, 10, Drexel Hill; Morgan Bitzberger, 13, Thornton; Ava Briglia, 8, Media; Ava Courtney, 10, Garnet Valley; Larissa Culbertson, 13, Wayne; Zachary Divito, 9, Aston; and Cassid…