Tuesday, February 23, 2016

DELCO GAL IS ROSE IN MEDIA'S 'DOGFIGHT' MUSICAL

A Delaware County gal who moved to NYC in order to achieve her goals of becoming a professional actress is back in Delco. Victoria Guiteras Mayo of Springfield is portraying the role of Rose in The Media Theatre's production of "Dogfight" March 9-27.

A Temple University grad, she was previously seen at Media as Tracy in "Hairspray", Millie in "Why Do Fools Fall In Love", and as Thea in "Spring Awakening". She has worked recently with Sally Struthers as Doralee in "Nine To Five" and in "Spamalot" for which she received a Broadway World Award as Best Actress in the DC region as The Lady of The Lake.


“Dogfight” takes place in 1963 focusing on three young marines on the eve of their deployment. During their final night of partying in the States Corporal Eddie Birdlace meets Rose, an awkward and idealistic waitress who he enlists to win a cruel bet with his buddies. But Rose turns the tables and brings the power of love and compassion to Eddie’s life. Inspiring with a score that is hauntingly beautiful, “Dogfight” is memorable with its charming soul.

Zack Krajnyak plays Eddie Birdlace in the show directed by Jesse Cline. For tickets, call 610-891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org

CAMP MEDIA THEATRE 2016 IS UNIQUELY FUN! CAMP THEMES ANNOUNCED

Camp Media Theatre 2016 is an extraordinary and exciting opportunity for young actors to sing favorite songs from Broadway shows, create their own scenes, rehearse, and perform an improvisational theatre production that is performed on the Media Theatre stage for family and friends the final Friday evening of each camp session.

The unique and exciting experience at Camp Media Theatre 2015 begins June 13 with a special one-week day camp, and then continues with five two-week sessions. All day camps meet from 9:30am-3:30pm Monday through Friday. 

There will be 'themes' with each two-week session based on the songs being used within the camp. The focus is on learning and maintaining basic stage skills in singing, acting, and dance.

Each day camp provides a unique opportunity for the campers in that they create their own 'scene work' in the acting class with the assistance of an instructor and director. Broadway songs and show music are added with choreography to create a Camp Show each two weeks which utilizes the personality of each camper.

The 2016 Camp Media Theatre themes are:

JUNE 13 – JUNE 17... MUNCHKINS CAMP (Special 1-week camp for kids 5 and up)
                                     Features songs from “Wizard of Oz” and “Minions” movies!
                                                 Only $300 for the entire week. (Save $25 if you register before March 15)

All other camps are two weeks. For each of them, save $50 if you register prior to March 15! They are:

JUNE 20 – JULY 1…MATILDA CAMP, with songs from “Matilda”, “Annie” and more.  

JULY 5 – JULY 15…PEANUTS CAMP, with songs from Charlie Brown musicals and shows, “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” and more.

JULY 18 – JULY 29…DISNEY CAMP, including songs from “Frozen”, “Lion King” and more.

AUGUST 1 – AUGUST 12…OZ CAMP, featuring favorite songs from “The Wizard of Oz”, “The Wiz”, and “Wicked”

AUGUST 15 – AUGUST 26…ROCK OUT CAMP, with songs from “Thriller”, “Motown The Musical”, and more.



All camps and classes at The Media Theatre are structured with the Sanford Meisner Technique which is based on the criteria that "Acting is living as truthfully as one can under an imaginary circumstance". This allows any age of actor to be who they are, with no pretending or pretense. Actors are instructed to follow their own instinct and to not imitate or 'copy' anyone else's performance, while following direction and enjoying being a part of the production or scene. 



Tuesday, February 16, 2016

EVOLVE IP TO GET COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP AWARD AT MEDIA THEATRE GALA SAT. FEB. 20

Evolve IP will receive the Community Partnership Award at The Media Theatre Gala on Saturday February 20. The honor is given annually to a business, corporation, or individual which assists Media Music Theatre Company in achieving its goals annually through marketing, IT, or other valuable assets. 

Media Music Theatre Company is the professional music theatre housed at The Media Theatre. Evolve IP has donated, in the past 18 months, phone and internet services which have created a more efficient and productive box office plus marketing opportunities which extend to the Executive Staff as well. 

The liason from Evolve IP to the theatre is Scott Kinka of West Chester, who will be accepting the award on February 20.


Evolve IP, founded in 2008 in Philadelphia, is The Cloud Services Company™.     Evolve IP provides businesses with a unified option for cloud services. Evolve IP enables decision-makers to migrate all or select IT technologies to its award-winning cloud platform. Today, tens of thousands of customers across the globe depend daily on Evolve IP for cloud services like virtual servers, virtual desktops, disaster recovery, unified communications, contact centers, and more.

IN 2015 alone, Evolve IP has been awarded  Philly’s Coolest Places to Work from Philadelphia Magazine; Entrepreneur Magazine, Best Entrepreneurial Companies in America;  Inc 500 and Philadelphia Alliance of Capital and Technology, Emerging Technology Company of the Year.

But most important was awarded FirstTrust Bank’s – Business First Award which was designed to highlight the community involvement efforts of businesses in the Philadelphia Region.


Scott Kinka serves as Chief Technology and Product Development Officer for Evolve IP. He is also a founding partner of the company. An award-winning, 20-year technology veteran with expertise in virtualization, cloud security and telecommunications, Mr. Kinka designs the Evolve IP roadmap, leads Evolve IP’s project team and works closely with customers and partners. Scott was named one of Philadelphia’s 40 under 40 and selected as the region’s Top IT Innovator by the Philadelphia Business Journal. Mr. Kinka also is a nationally recognized technology expert having appeared on CBS News along with being quoted extensively in publications like USA Today, FOX News and CIO Magazine.
Mr. Kinka graduated from La Salle University with a B.A. in communications, and studied telecommunications at the graduate level at Temple University.   He currently lives in West Chester with his wife and three children.
After hours, Mr. Kinka coaches youth soccer and plays piano in local bars and pubs.
For information regarding The Media Theatre's annual Gala, "Fight For The Arts", call 610-891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org

MEDIA THEATRE'S STATE STREET MIRACLES INSPIRE WITH SONG AS THEY PREPARE TO PERFORM AT STATE CAPITOL

Something truly magical takes place on Monday evenings at the Media Theatre.

While all of the theater’s musicals, concerts, classes and special events are all wonderfully creative and entertaining, the theater breaks down barriers for people with intellectual disabilities when they hold special rehearsals for a troupe of adults with intellectual disabilities.

The Media Theatre State Street Miracles, a performance troupe of 14 adults with intellectual disabilities, have a mission to spread the joy of music and dance while increasing awareness of the talents and abilities of people with disabilities.
The State Street Miracles, a performance troupe of adults with developmental disabilities
2016 marks their 10th anniversary of performing and remarkable strides have been made in those 10 years. The troupe has grown from eight to 14 performers, they’ve learned the music, lyrics and choreography for 14 songs from classic musicals to pop and rock, and they’ve played to audiences from Harrisburg to Washington, D.C. They will be traveling to Harrisburg once again on March 16, 2016, to perform for the Pennsylvania Senate. 

The Miracles are ambassadors in song who use their vocal and dance talents to show that people with disabilities have many abilities. Their performances are professional, yet spontaneous as the Miracles introduce themselves and perform a repertoire of songs from show tunes to modern hits including the Journey song, “Don’t Stop Believin’.”

Wherever they perform, smiles instantly appear on people’s faces as they are inspired and entertained by their lively dancing and singing.

The Miracles are directed by Roger Ricker and trained and accompanied by Tim Heaney under the guidance of Media Theatre Director Jesse Cline.  Members of the State Street Miracles are: John Abrams of Swarthmore, Aaron Brooks of  Folsom,   Patrick Clark of Springfield, Peter Crumb of Upper Providence, Maryjo D’Allesandro of Divine Providence Village, Springfield, Nakisha Edwards of Media, Ted Harris of Rose Valley, Erin McGivney of Wayne, Brian Short, Jake Spencer, Kimiko Iizuka and Kim Watson, all of Middletown; Brittany Roberts of Edgmont; and Erin Perry.
The Miracles often perform at Delaware County's Naturalization Ceremonies

Since they were organized in September, 2006, the State Street Miracles have earned standing ovations for many performances, including concerts at the Rose Tree Summer Festival, the Pennsylvania Special Olympics Fall Festival at Villanova University. They’ve also traveled to Harrisburg where they were recognized by the state Senate and performed in the Rotunda, and to Washington, D.C., where they performed in the Senate Rotunda.

The troupe, which is sponsored by the Media Theatre, features 14 adults who have various developmental disabilities from autism to Down syndrome, but love to sing, dance and perform. The emphasis at Monday night rehearsals goes beyond performing. Since they joined the group, all members have experienced improved speech and articulation, better independence and decision-making, increased self-esteem, and most importantly, they’ve formed friendships with their fellow performers, the Media Theater staff, and members of the overall community. 
           
Their repertoire includes a rousing rendition of “God Bless America,” a meaningful version of “Getting to Know You,” their theme song, and a hip-shaking version of Elvis Presley’s “Hound Dog.” The group enjoys singing “Lean On Me,” which communicates an inspiring message of support for each other.

            Their message is also embraced in “That’s What Friends are For,” “Sing A Song” and “We Are the World.”

The mission of the State Street Miracles is to provide people with disabilities an outlet to express their musical and artistic talent while raising awareness in the community of the creative abilities of people who have a developmental disability.

            While people with disabilities are more included today in the school and work environment, there are still many barriers preventing them from participating in the arts community. The Media Theatre, a professional music theater, provides a bridge to performance opportunities.

            The State Street Miracles are taught in weekly sessions that provide them with affordable access to performance classes, plus the opportunity to perform.

            During their introductions, the members tell a bit about themselves including their jobs and athletic accomplishments, and they stress that they are registered voters and they hold jobs.

The State Street Miracles are available to perform one or all of their songs at community functions. They are also available to open events with the national anthem or “God Bless America.” For information about the State Street Miracles, contact Trish Cofiell at 610-322-6806. 

If you would like to support or donate to The State Street Miracles, please email Roger at rer764@gmail.com. The Miracles program relies on donations to succeed. 

Thursday, February 11, 2016

MEDIA THEATRE ANNOUNCES 'SLEEPING BEAUTY' CAST

The Media Theatre is going to be humorously happy this spring with “Sleeping Beauty” on stage for children ages 4 and up. The somewhat ‘fractured fairy tale’ version of the classic tale is heavy on comedy but also has plenty of heart. It plays Saturdays at 11am and Sundays at Noon March 12 through May 22.

Written by R. Eugene Jackson and Patsy Pollard, the show is one hour in length and features songs such as “Love Is”, “Merricore”, and “Spinning”.

Based on the tale of the young lady who pricks her finger on a spinning wheel and falls into a deep sleep until loves kiss comes along, this “Sleeping Beauty” promises to be fun for all. With roles such as a silly Prince, Tipsy the Gypsy, a Court Jester and a Magician who turns himself into a frog, it’s a fast-paced play with music.

The cast is made up of students from The Media Theatre’s New School and acting classes. Two adults join the fun: Roger Ricker as the Jester and Henry O’ Neill as the Royal Magician.

Most of the roles are double cast. Actors will alternate performances during the show’s run.

For tickets, call 610-891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org

The “Sleeping Beauty” cast list is:

KING…………………………….EVAN BRAMLAGE / OWEN MANNION

QUEEN…………………………NOELLE LONGENBERGER/HANNA MURPHY

THE PRINCESS……………….HAYLEY HUGHES/ RACHEL MCVEY

THE PRINCE………………….. JOSH ATKINSON/ ZACHARY DIVITO

CHESTER THE JESTER……..ROGER RICKER

TIPSY THE GYPSY……………HANNA BRADY/ VIOLET WILEY

ROYAL MAGICIAN………….....AIDAN CRANE/ HENRY O’ NEILL

THE FROG……………………...AIDEN FOX/ SEAN O’ NEILL

ROSEMARY, THE GOOD FAIRY…………. JILLIAN DONOHUE/ GIGI FURLAN

THORNBERRY, THE EVIL FAIRY………….CASSIDY ELSE/ CHLOE MILLET

3-HEADED DRAGON: 
           CAILEIGH CRANE & BRIDGET HENRY & BRYNNE WASHBOURNE
           SARAH SHOUMER & ALEXANDRA SHOUMER & YASMIN AHMED

SCENE STEALERS….ALEXSA MCKEOWN / EVE ROSENSTEIN/ MARY KATE VINK
                                                                   
Ensemble: Brooklyn Bonner, Scott Bradbury, Alyssa Carlow, Maddie Lippa, Abitha Madesh, Annabelle Shoumer, Samantha Sweeney

Understudies:
Queen….Alyssa Carlow
King/ Prince….Scott Bradbury
Princess…….
Rosemary …Maddie Lippa
Thornberry…

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

RAYMOND J. VIVACQUA, M.D., TO RECEIVE AWARD AT MEDIA THEATRE GALA FEB. 20

Raymond J. Vivacqua, M.D, is the 2016 recipient of the Walter M. Strine, Sr. Advocate of the Arts Award at The Media Theatre's annual gala on Saturday February 20.

The prestigious honor is named after Strine, the entrepreneur who renovated The Media Theatre and transformed it into a live performing arts center in 1994. Vivacqua joins previous honorees whose support has assisted in the theatre being able to make improvements, gain a wider audience, and continue to expand its educational opportunities.
Raymond J. Vivacqua, M.D, as he appeared on Good Day Health show
Raymond J. Vivacqua, M. D, is no stranger to assisting many with a good cause. He is the Chief of Hematology and Oncology at Crozer, Springfield, and Taylor hospitals. He works with each of his patients and their families to provide compassionate, technical care in order to give each one of them the best opportunity for the highest quality of life. 

His support of The Media Theatre assists in providing the finest opportunities for many youth in the region who have an interest in the performing arts. 

The annual gala, which has the aggressively fun title "Fight For The Arts" this year, is at once a fundraiser and a celebration. Entertainment will be provided by Tony nominee Josh Young accompanied by Brian Lowdermilk during a special one-night-only concert event.

Theatrical Trainers will add to the "Fight" theme with three boxing matches choreographed by Peter Andrew Danzig.

The entire evening will remind patrons that in order for Media Music Theatre Company to continue to produce its award winning and nationally recognized programming everyone must 'put up their dukes' and get into the ring to fight to succeed. 

Tickets which include the evening's two receptions and award presentation as well as the boxing matches are $150 per person. "Show Only" tickets for just the concert are $55 each. 

For more information or to get tickets, please call The Media Theatre at 610-891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

MEDIA THEATRE ANNOUNCES CAST FOR 'DOGFIGHT' MARCH 9-27

The Media Theatre has “Dogfight: The Musical” March 9-27. With music and lyrics by Benj Pasek & Justin Paul and a book by Peter Duchan, it’s based on the 1991 film of the same name. It’s the winner of the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical.

“Dogfight” takes place in 1963 focusing on three young marines on the eve of their deployment. During their final night of partying in the States Corporal Eddie Birdlace meets Rose, an awkward and idealistic waitress who he enlists to win a cruel bet with his buddies. But Rose turns the tables and brings the power of love and compassion to Eddie’s life. Inspiring with a score that is hauntingly beautiful, “Dogfight” is memorable with its charming soul.

Zack Krajnyak, who played the lead role of Sam in “Ghost” at Media Theatre last season, returns to play Eddie Birdlace in this production directed by Jesse Cline. Victoria Mayo, who delighted audiences in “Hairspray”, takes on the role of Rose.
Zack Krajnyak who plays the role of Eddie Birdlace
Others in the cast include Kyle Segarra as Bernstein, Jake Glassman as Fector, Glenn Britton as Gibbs, Michael Wessels as Stevens, and Joe Pudetti as Boland. Deborah Lynn Meier is Marcy, with Sarah Gafgen as Ruth Two Bears and Kaitlin Davis as Mom. JP Dunphy takes on the role of The Lounge Singer, while CJ Celeiro, Krystina Hawkinson, Alyssa Orapallo, Andrew Ruggieri, Ashley Sweetman and Denzel Thomas make up the ensemble.

“Dogfight: The Musical” is at The Media Theatre March 9-27. There are matinees on Saturdays and Sundays, with evening performances on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. (One weekday matinee Thursday March 10.) For tickets call 610-891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org