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MEDIA THEATRE ANNOUNCES CAST OF UPCOMING 'ROMEO AND JULIET'

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The Media Theatre will produce its first Shakespeare classic in January and February 2017 when "Romeo and Juliet" takes the winter slot as its annual play. 

Since 2014, within its season of four professional musical productions, the theatre brings a classic play to its stage. "It's been highly successful for us," said Jesse Cline, Artistic Director, who directed the first three legendary plays (Diary of Anne Frank, TheMiracle Worker, and To Kill A Mockingbird) to great acclaim, winning two Broadway World Awards as Best Director for his work on the classics. "We have weekday morning shows for middle school through high school, and our subscribers and patrons enjoy seeing these theatrical presentations."

"Romeo and Juliet" will see Cline handing the reins to a guest director, Bill Van Horn, who recently directed the popular "Peter and the Starcatcher" at Walnut Street Theatre. 

The lead of Walnut's "Starcatcher" production…

MEDIA THEATRE HAS A SUPER SUMMER OF SHOWS INCLUDING 'SCHOOL OF ROCK'

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It’s a Super Summer at The Media Theatre! With many shows to choose from including Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “School of Rock” musical and a new Cabaret Series, theatre goers of all ages will have plenty to keep them entertained.
It begins each weekend in June with a new lively hour long musical adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s classic “The Jungle Book”. For ages 4 and up, the show has new music written by Ben Kapilow. Mowgli, adopted by a wolf pack, begins to find that life has plenty of surprises. He is joined by the friendly bear Baloo (played by Tim Haney) and meets up with King Louis the Orangutan (Mark Marano) who sings “Human Is The Way To Be”. It’s an adventure filled with laughs each Saturday at 11am and Sunday at Noon all summer long, through the end of August.
On Sunday June 12 at 3pm, to get audiences in the mood for the upcoming regional singing competition, it’s the “Vocalist All Stars” concert  featuring past winners and memorable performers from the “Vocalist”. Thomas Lock, r…

THE JUNGLE BOOK IS LIVE ONSTAGE AT MEDIA THEATRE THIS SUMMER

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Mowgli, Baloo, and the gang are ready to entertain this summer each weekend at The Media Theatre in "The Jungle Book". In this new live-action version written by Tim Haney with additional material by Roger Ricker and music by Ben Kapilow, audiences will find humor and heart as Mowgli grows up with the assistance of animal friends.

Based on Rudyard Kipling's stories, "The Jungle Book" starts out with Mowgli as a small child and ends with him as a pre-teen. The musical is a perfect introduction to theatre for ages 4 and up.

Adult actors join students of the theatre's classes and camps to present the story. Tim Haney reprises his role as Baloo, played five years ago to great acclaim. Mark Marano, recently seen as Samuel Chases in "1776", leaps into the role of King Louis the Orangutan and Henry O' Neill, a policeman from Prospect Park, lends his talent to the role of Father Wolf.

Some roles are double cast to allow plenty of opportunity for young st…

TOM HIBBERD HONORED AT MEDIA THEATRE WITH CAPACITY CROWD

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On Friday May 13, The Media Theatre was packed with a near capacity crowd. The production of "1776" was to begin at 8pm, but the real draw for the evening was the tribute held prior to the show for one of the most popular and beloved members of the Media community, Mr. Stanley T. "Tom" Hibberd III. 

Affectionately known as Tom Hibberd to those who know him, his life in and around Media has been one of tireless assistance to community, to neighbors, and to local organizations. A long time member of the Media Rotary, the Fair Trade Foundation, and The Media Theatre, Tom's popularity brought over 400 family and friends as well as associates to the theatre on the special night.A reception was held in his honor in the elegant Crystal Room, where Tom has been involved in many meetings over the years as a Media Theatre Board member and subsequently its Chairman of the Board. Now with Emeritus status, his knowledge and insight is still an important factor in the theatre…