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MEDIA THEATRE ANNOUNCES NEW DANCE CLASS SCHEDULE

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Dance! Dance! Dance! Classes are continuing at The Media Theatre School and Dance Studio at 28 West State Street in Media.

With the holiday season arriving soon and school now in session, a new schedule for classes begins in November. Classes will be held each week in Tap and Ballet Monday through Wednesday with a special beginner's course in Creative Movement on Saturday mornings at 10am.

This will allow students to pursue dance training while still having plenty of time to focus on their public or private school curriculum and extra activities they might be involved in.


Dorothy Brown, the theatre's dance instructor, says "We are keeping on our toes—in a manner of speaking—in ballet classes.  Students are focusing on placement and proper alignment.  They are finding that their turns, balance, and extension are benefiting."

"We have also been exploring steady beat and rhythm in our Tap Classes and Creative Movement class", she explained.  "Students take tu…

MORE PICS FROM 'GYPSY' AT THE MEDIA THEATRE...IT'S ON THRU NOV. 1

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The iconic musical "Gypsy" is on stage at The Media Theatre through November 1. Philadelphia's Krissy Fraelich, a Springfield resident, plays Mama Rose who is the ultimate stage mother, doing everything she can to push her daughters to stardom. From the time of vaudeville's heyday to it's end, Mama Rose wants nothing more than celebrity and fame to find its way to siblings June and Louise. Based on the true story of famed stripper Gypsy Rose Lee, "Gypsy" never goes out of style due to its resonating core. 

The score is legendary, with songs including "Let Me Entertain You", "Everything's Coming Up Roses" and "Rose's Turn" that have become synonymous with music theatre. The lyrics, written by Stephen Sondheim in his younger years, are filled with irony while the music by Jule Styne represents the brassy, sassy style rarely heard in contemporary theatre. 

Enjoy the photos and get tickets to the show by calling 610-891-0…

MEDIA THEATRE ANNOUNCES CAST OF 'JACK FROST SAVES CHRISTMAS'

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The Media Theatre's holiday children's show is right around the corner. "Jack Frost Saves Christmas" returns to the stage after first being produced here five years ago. It plays every weekend November 21 to January 3, Saturdays at 11am and Sundays at Noon. 

The rollicking, merry, and heartfelt musical is all about a boy who is unique because everything he touches turns to ice. Jack Frost appears out of a snow bank and meets four humorous animals: a rabbit, a polar bear, a penguin, and a raccoon. 

Realizing he is different, they take him to Christmastown where he meets Elizabeth, a girl who befriends him, as well as the theatre director Mr. Holly who thinks Jack is in town to perform in the holiday show! Hijinks ensue, temperatures soar, and the holiday is in jeopardy until friendship saves the day.

With Book and Lyrics by Matt Wallace and Tina Jo Wallace and Music by Scott Bradley (who was once The Media Theatre's resident music director) "Jack Frost Saves Chr…

THE MEDIA THEATRE -PHOTOS FROM 'TALE OF BEAUTY AND THE BEAST'

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There's a Beauty on stage at The Media Theatre each weekend through November 1. It's the "Tale of Beauty and The Beast" Saturdays at 11am and Sundays at Noon, featuring a cast of professional adult actors as well as student actors.

This original version of the story features songs such as "Could You Possibly Be My Friend?" and "Fables and Fairytales" as well as humorous characters like Greedo and Graspo the two brothers-in-law of The Beauty who will do everything they can to achieve riches.

Swarthmore's Jacob Mergott, 16, plays the dual role of The Prince/ The Beast, with Molly Sorensen, 14, of Malvern as The Beauty. Both did very well in The Media Theatre's summer "Vocalist" contests with Mergott making it to the final round in 2015 and  Sorensen winning the competition in 2014. 

An Old Woman (Roger Ricker) casts a spell on The Prince and, later, on the entire audience as volunteers are invited onto the stage to help out.

Enjoy the …

MEDIA THEATRE ANNOUNCES 'BILLY ELLIOT' CAST

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The Media Theatre has the Philadelphia region's professional premiere of the 10-time Tony winning Broadway show "Billy Elliot: The Musical". Based on the film about the boy who, during a miner's strike in the 1980's, wants to become a ballet dancer rather than the boxer his father has set his sights on, the musical features a score by Elton John.

"Billy Elliot: The Musical" became an instant hit on both London's West End and Broadway due to its incredible choreography which is mostly performed by the young actor portraying Billy. A show based on the template of old-fashioned 'book' musicals while leaping into a new genre of entertainment it encapsulates the unique qualities which each of us have within us, thereby focusing on individuality and self-expression. As The New York Times said, 'Billy Elliot is not a dance musical. It's about why we need dance.'

With a sub-plot regarding a miner's strike in a small town and the life v…

KELLY BRIGGS 'STORY SONG' CABARET AT THE MEDIA THEATRE NOV. 6

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Broadway Veteran Kelly Briggs of "Les Miserables" and "CATS" will perform his award winning Cabaret Performance "Story Song"along with musical director John McMahon on FRIDAY NOV. 6 AT 7PM at the Media Theatre 104 East State Street, Media Pa.  



Kelly has appeared at the Media Theatre in "Gypsy" starring Krissy Fraelich, "Hello Dolly" starring Andrea McArdle, "Sunset Boulevard" starring Ann Crumb, "Mame" starring Andrea McArdle as well as "Les Miserables" and "The Miracle Worker". 

All tickets are $25 donation and all proceeds will benefit the New School at The Media Theatre. 

Kelly wanted to do this special show due to the night of October 1, when the theatre had to cancel it's performance of "Gypsy" due to a small wire fire backstage, as birds had made a nest within the wires. The theatre lost revenue on that night, so he immediately said he would do this special fundraiser to help ou…