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THE MEDIA THEATRE'S JACK FROST PHOTOS...AND SHOW SCHEDULE...PLUS VISIT WITH SANTA!

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It's time for the holidays which means "Jack Frost Saves Christmas" is on stage at The Media Theatre. This one hour upbeat and heartfelt show for youth of all ages is all about the boy who can't seem to do anything right because everything he touches turns to ice! Soon, however, friendship and the art of giving get everyone in on the act for a wonderful holiday.
"Jack Frost Saves Christmas" was Matt and Tina Jo Wallace with music by Scott Bradley, a previous resident music director for The Media Theatre. Songs include "Countdown to Christmas", "Frost", and "Gifts Are For Giving".

The production features a cast of the theatre's professionally trained acting, dance, and New School students along with three guest adult actors: Roger Ricker as Mr. Holly, the town's eccentric theatre director; Tim Haney as Polar Bear; and Henry O' Neill as Santa Claus. Three New School students are featured: Michael Wells portrays Jack Fro…

MEDIA THEATRE RECEIVES 44 NOMINATIONS FOR 2015 BROADWAY WORLD AWARDS!

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After winning a total of 36 Broadway World Awards the past three years combined, including Best Theatre Company of Philadelphia three years in a row, The Media Theatre received a total of 44 nominations for "Best of Philadelphia Theatre 2015".  The nominations include Best Musical, Best Play, and two nominations in the category of Best Director for Jesse Cline, the theatre's artistic director. 


The voting is open to the theatre community locally, nationally, and internationally as well as to the general public. To vote, visit broadwayworld.com/philadelphia. Voting takes place through Dec. 31 with winners announced in January by Broadway World.
Nominations have been announced worldwide by the esteemed online theatrical media outlet Broadway World, which gives an up-to-date daily journal of the latest theatrical productions, happenings, and events from Broadway to London's West End. 

The Media Theatre is nominated alongside other professional theatres in the Philadelphia …

'BILLY ELLIOT: THE MUSICAL' FIRST LOOK PHOTOS

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The Media Theatre has the region's professional premiere of the 10-time Tony winning "Billy Elliot: The Musical" now through January 3. Elton John's score enhances the story based on the film of the young boy in a Welsh mining town who wants to do ballet rather than boxing. It all takes place during a miner's strike in the '80's, so Billy's enthusiasm to dance is not quite getting through to his family or the town although a dance instructor sees the gift within.

A truly inspirational story for the holidays, "Billy Elliot" features two boys in the title role. After an extensive search, the two boys who were chosen were both from the Philadelphia region. Gunar Daniels of West Chester and Brandon Ranalli of Media, both 13 years old, share the role.

Here are first look photos from the production, taken by Laura Briglia Photography.
For tickets, call 610-891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org


THE BALLET GIRLS 'SHINE' IN BILLY ELLIOT MUSICAL AT MEDIA THEATRE

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"Billy Elliot: The Musical", now through January 3 at The Media Theatre, is all about the boy who wants to do ballet rather than boxing during the midst of a miner's strike. The two boys in the production who share the role of Billy are both adept in the craft of ballet. They are Gunar Daniels, 13, of West Chester, and Brandon Ranalli, 13, of Media.

But any great production of "Billy Elliot" also needs a fine troupe of Ballet Girls. Without the girls, Billy's interest and talent for ballet would not be noticed.

Here's a Who's Who of The Ballet Girls in The Media Theatre's production:


Allie Buchanan and Anna Rosenthal share the role of Debbie, Mrs. Wilkinson's daughter who has a crush on Billy. Mrs. Wilkinson is the ballet teacher that notices Billy's extreme gift for dance. 

Allie Buchanan is 13 and makes her Media Theatre debut with this production. She's an  eighth grader at the Center for Performing and Fine Arts. Some of her credits …

'BILLY ELLIOT' DANCE MASTER CLASS WITH MEDIA THEATRE SUNDAY NOV. 29

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Billy Elliot understands the power of dance. Now, you will be able to feel some of what he is feeling as The Media Theatre presents the Billy Elliot Dance Master Class on Sunday November 29 at Noon. 

The 90 minute class will take place at The Media Theatre's School and Dance Studio located at 28 West State Street in Media. Registration is $25 per student for children, teens, and even adults who wish to take place and allow their inner dancer to take over for an afternoon.

Rachel Beiswenger, who is in "Billy Elliot: The Musical" at The Media Theatre, is also the Dance Captain for the production and will be instructing the class. She previously appeared on The Media Theatre stage in "The Addams Family" and "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" and is a former dance instructor at the Studio.

Beiswenger will teach the dance combinations performed on stage by the "Billy Elliot" cast, such as those done by the Ballet Girls and the entire cas…

MEDIA THEATRE PRESENTS THE 'WINTER WONDERLAND' CONCERT DEC. 13 AT 7PM

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Sleigh bells ring! Are you listenin'? In the lane snow is glistenin'--well, maybe. While the weather is unpredictable, one thing is certain-Sunday night December 13 a great time will be had by all when The Media Theatre presents the holiday themed concert "Winter Wonderland" at 7pm.

Roger Ricker will sing and emcee, with special guests from the cast of "Billy Elliot: The Musical", The State Street Miracles, and students of The Media Theatre's New School and classes entertaining with song and dance in this special two act concert performance. Tickets are $15 each with all proceeds benefiting The Media Theatre.


Brandon Ranalli, who plays the title role in "Billy Elliot", will perform a specially choreographed dance for the event. Several members of the New School will sing as an a cappella vocal group, and The State Street Miracles will do two classic holiday songs. The Miracles are the theatre's vocal performance troupe of adults with develop…