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FIGHT FOR THE ARTS WITH JOSH YOUNG AND MORE AT MEDIA THEATRE'S ANNUAL GALA FEB. 20

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You ready to put up your dukes? It's time to "Fight For The Arts" at The Media Theatre's Annual Gala, the biggest fundraiser of the year for Media Music Theatre Company (MMTC). This year's gala features three exciting choreographed boxing matches and Delaware County's own Tony nominated Broadway star Josh Young as the Main Event.

Josh Young was recently seen on Broadway as the lead in the new musical "Amazing Grace" and received a Tony nomination for his portrayal of Judas in "Jesus Christ Superstar". His national tours include playing the role of Marius in "Les Miserables" and Tony in "West Side Story". Off-Broadway he was seen "Warsaw" and "The Woman Upstairs" as well as "See Rock City" and "Oliver's Idea". He's been in "Evita" as Che and in "Kiss Me Kate" as Paul and has been seen on stage at La Jolla Playhouse, North Carolina Theater, Walnut Street T…

MEDIA THEATRE HAS '13' AND 'SCHOOL OF ROCK' TEEN CAMPS THIS SUMMER!

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The Media Theatre's summer teen camp experiences, in which young actors, singers, and dancers work with professionals to produce and perform popular musicals, expands in 2016. Two musicals will be available for youth performers: Jason Robert Brown's "13" and Andrew Lloyd Webber's "School of Rock".

Campers may register for one or both of the musical camps. ENROLL HERE



"13" begins rehearsal on Monday June 13 at 6pm, meeting for three weeks of preparation and allowing the young performers four weekends of performance in July for general public audiences. The musical is all about Even Goldman who moves from New York City to small-town Indiana while dealing with a split family, getting ready for his upcoming Bar Mitzvah, and the pressure of a new school's social circles. 

"School of Rock" is based on the Paramount film which starred Jack Black. A disgruntled rock star wanna-be poses as a substitute teacher and turns his classroom into a …

MEDIA THEATRE ANNOUNCES CAST OF 'TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD' AND EXTENDS SHOW THRU FEB. 21

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The Media Theatre has the Philadelphia/ Wilmington region's only professional production of the classic play "To Kill A Mockingbird" starting January 27. Advance sales and buzz surrounding the production are so strong that the theatre is extending it by one week. "To Kill A Mockingbird" will now close on February 21, rather than the previously announced closing date.

The extra week adds six more performances, allowing audiences greater opportunity to see the show based on Harper Lee's iconic novel.


Jesse Cline directs the show. Cline has been the recipient of Broadway World Award honors for his critically acclaimed productions of The Diary of Anne Frank and The Miracle Worker. The Media Theatre adds a classic play to its season of musicals each year to assist with educating audiences and to highlight appreciation of masterpiece titles. 

"To Kill A Mockingbird" has been front and center in cultural news during 2015, as Harper Lee's sequel to her f…

MEDIA THEATRE ANNOUNCES CAST OF NEW 'PETER PAN AND WENDY'

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There are a few versions of Peter Pan's story that are cultural icons beyond J. M. Barrie's original story: Disney's cartoon version, Spielberg's film version, and the musical from the '50's which Cathy Rigby re-ignited in later years.

The Media Theatre will add a fresh, modern interpretation of the Peter Pan saga in January 2016. Running on weekends through the end of February, and geared to audiences ages 5 and up, "Peter Pan And Wendy: A New Musical" is written by Kate Herzlin with a score by Ben Kapilow. 
West Chester's Gunar Daniels, who is one of two 13 year old boys from the region that take on the role of "Billy Elliot" currently at The Media Theatre, will portray Peter Pan.  Mary Kate Vink, who has been a student at the theatre for seven years, will have her first lead role as Wendy. She is 11 years old. 

Kapilow was the music director for Camp Media Theatre this past summer. He became even more connected with the theatre and many …

MEDIA THEATRE ADDS HIP-HOP, JAZZ, AND MUSIC THEATRE DANCE CLASSES IN JANUARY

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Saturday afternoons will be defined by jazz hands, music video style moves, and plenty of stepping as The Media Theatre adds new dance classes to its curriculum. Classes will take place at the theatre's School & Dance Studio located at 28 West State Street in Media starting January 16.

Melanie Hanson joins the staff as a new dance instructor who will lead the new Hip-Hop, Jazz, and Music Theatre Dance Classes Saturday afternoons starting at 1:30pm.
Each class will be an hour in length, with a 15 minute break between each so that students may join in for just one class each Saturday or, if they have the stamina, can take all three each week.

Melanie Hanson is a recent graduate from York College of Pennsylvania. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre. Dancing and training since she was 6 years old, Melanie has used that skill to assist her theatre career. She is also an actress who has stage management in her credits as well. "I'm very well rounded in the art of music th…

'BILLY ELLIOT' EXTENDED THRU JAN. 10 AT MEDIA THEATRE

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One word used by professional dancers is ‘extension’. Now, “Billy Elliot” may use the term for a different reason as the hit musical at The Media Theatre has been extended through January 10.
With the one week show extension, Philadelphia/ Wilmington region theatre patrons will have more opportunity to see the production hailed as “Terrific” by The Philadelphia Inquirer.

“Billy Elliot: The Musical” is the 10-time Tony winner which has its regional premiere at The Media Theatre. Elton John’s score propels the story of the boy who has a desire to be a dancer rather than a boxer in a Welsh mining town in the 1980’s. It all takes place during a miner’s strike which propels the boy even more to be all he can be and is an inspirational musical focusing on individuality and following your personal passion.
Media’s Brandon Ranalli and West Chester’s Gunar Daniels, both 13, share the role of Billy Elliot. 
Both were chosen after an extensive search in Manhattan in which director Geoffrey Goldber…

MEDIA THEATRE EXPANDS CURRICULUM WITH NEW CLASSES FOR ALL AGES

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With a New Year arriving soon, and spring not far behind, it’s time to become reacquainted with the performing arts at The Media Theatre while having fun during the learning process. Several new acting and voice classes for tiny tots all the way to adults have been added to the continuing popular acting classes, with a rejuvenated schedule starting up the weekend of January 9. 
SEE ENTIRE CLASS SCHEDULE HERE (Acting, Voice, Dance)
“Kids Cabaret” will meet on Tuesdays from 4:30-6pm beginning January 12. The Voice Class is specifically designed for children in grades 2-5. The high energy class is all about Singing, Dancing, Acting and Fun! Performers create a cabaret style concert which is performed at the end of the 8-week session in a Grand Finale Recital for family and friends. Performers discover healthy vocal technique, master basic dance steps and learn to bring their personality to the stage while working together as a group rather than maintaining solos.In the “Teen Cabaret” Voice…

MEDIA THEATRE HAS 'DOGFIGHT' MUSICAL AUDITIONS DECEMBER 15

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Auditions for “Dogfight: The Musical” will be held  at The Media Theatre, 104 East State Street, Media, PA. The Open Call is scheduled for Tuesday December 15 from 10am to 4pm.
"Dogfight: The Musical" has a book by Peter Duchan and music and lyrics by Benj Pasek & Justin Paul and is an adaptation of Nancy Savoca's 1991 non-musical film. The show premiered off-Broadway at Second Stage in 2012. In the show, three Marines spend their last night in the states before being deployed by partying together. They decide to have a 'dogfight' contest in which they each try to find the homeliest girl and bring her to a party in town. Eddie Birdlace finds Rose, a young waitress, who rewrites the rules of the game and teaches him a major life lesson.

At the audition on December 15, All Roles Open for both AEA and Non-AEA actors.AEA actors seen first; others, including EMC, as time permits.
No phone calls; for info email rer764@gmail.comPrepare a song in your vocal range. Accom…