Tuesday, September 20, 2016


In this day and age, everyone knows there are at least two sides to every story. Now, you get to see the Wolf's point of view when it comes to the tale of Red Riding Hood.

"The Real Story of Little Red Riding Hood" at The Media Theatre presents two versions of the fable in a comedic fashion for ages 4 and up. The first version is the one we all know in which a wolf disguises himself as Grandma to attack the girl in the red outfit. But, what we don't know is the second version of the story in which the girl is totally annoying and Grandma makes a deal with the Wolf to teach her a lesson in humility. 

The musical is on each Saturday morning at 11am and Sundays at Noon September 24 through November 5. It's the perfect treat for children who are being introduced to live theatre, and it's fun for the adults to see the humorous twist in the tale. 

The show features a cast of young student actors from The Media Theatre's New School and Acting Classes. There are animals on stage, including a Deer, Skunk, and Rabbit, as well as a Butterfly and little bugs to add to the fun. 
Brynn Washbourne as Red Riding Hood, with Paul Vink as the Wolf
They share the roles with Bridget Henry and Zachary Divito
The 45 minute production has memorable lessons for children, and pleasant reminders for more mature audiences with songs such as "It's Nice To Be Nice". There is also a public service announcement in the production about not littering in public parks and campgrounds.

Other song titles are "The Chase", "The Plan", "That's The Way It Was", and "I'm So Pretty". Judy Wolfman wrote the script, with music and lyrics by David Reiser. Carol Sorensen designed the costumes, with Daniel Espie music directing and accompanying each performance on keyboard.

"The Real Story of Little Red Riding Hood" does not contain any frightening scenes and provides a fun way for young audiences to learn while being entertained. For tickets, call 610-891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org. GET TICKETS HERE

Friday, September 16, 2016


Jason Robert Brown's Tony winning score enhances "The Bridges of Madison County: The Musical", which is on stage at The Media Theatre through October 23. The beautiful borough of Media, Pa., has the region's only professional music theatre at 104 East State Street. 

"The Bridges of Madison County: The Musical" is having its Philadelphia regional professional premiere at The Media Theatre. While a national tour did come through Philly a few months ago, this is the first time an area theatre has produced the show from 'the ground up', creating a set unique to The Media Theatre production directed by Broadway World Award winner Jesse Cline. 

In the show based on the classic novel, Francesca, an Italian housewife played by Elisa Matthews,  meets Robert, a National Geographic photographer one afternoon and has a romantic affair with him while her family is away at the Iowa State Fair. Derek Basthemer makes his Media Theatre debut as Robert.

For tickets to the musical, call The Media Theatre at 610-891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org. Photos by Maura McConnell. GET TICKETS HERE NOW

Francesca (Elisa Matthews) and Robert (Derek Basthemer)
in "The Bridges of Madison County: The Musical"
at The Media Theatre
Elisa Matthews and Derek Basthemer
Francesca's son Michael (Gianni Palmarini) with her husband Bud (Bob Stineman)
Francesa (Elisa Matthews) with daughter Carolyn (Anna Rosenthal)
Derek Basthemer as Robert remembers Francesca (Elisa Matthews)

Thursday, September 1, 2016


The independent short film festival known as the Manhattan Short Film Festival returns to The Media Theatre for the fifth year Monday and Tuesday September 26 and 27 at 7pm. The ten films chosen to be in the Festival not only entertain a global audience, but also allow the audience around the world to choose the winner. Audiences at The Media Theatre actually cast votes that count towards the eventual winning film. Two films from the 2015 Festival went on to be nominated for Academy Awards.

The films will be screened around the world from late September to early October, with over 100,000 film lovers in over 250 cities across six continents gathering in Cinemas, Museums and Universities for one purpose...to view and vote on the Finalists' Films in the 19th Annual MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival. Audiences at each film site are given a voting card upon entry and asked to vote for the film they believe should win. Votes are sent, by theatre management, to Manhattan Short headquarters and the winner is announced shortly after the worldwide festival closes. 
A scene from "Gorilla", one of two entry's from France in the 2016 Manhattan Short Film Festival
Film Festival viewers and voters at The Media Theatre chose the short film "Kosovo" as their favorite last year. The film was eventually one of the two Oscar nominated films. Chile's Festival entry, "Bear Story", the animated film shown at Manhattan Short Film Festival in 2015, actually went on to win the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film. Audiences in Media saw it first, along with other viewers around the globe. 

Manhattan Short is not a touring Festival; rather, it is an instantaneous celebration that occurs simultaneously across the globe, bringing great films to great venues and allowing the audiences to select their favorites. The Film Festival experience truly is about getting great works in front of as many eyes as possible and Manhattan Short offers the ultimate platform -- one that sees its films screened in Sydney, Mumbai, Moscow, Kathmandu, Vienna, Cape Town to cinemas in all fifty states of the United States and beyond. The Media Theatre represents one section of that audience each year.
The Netherlands Film Festival entry is "Hold On" about a problem during a concert
Tickets for the Festival at The Media Theatre September 26 and 27 are $10 each. Each of the ten films are shown on both nights, and the program is a bit over two hours long. It’s titled Manhattan Short because it started when Nicholas Mason, the creator of the annual event, mounted a screen to the side of a truck in Manhattan in 1998.  

Call The Media Theatre at 610-891-0100 for information or visit mediatheatre.org. The Manhattan Short Film Festival is general seating. The concession stand and bar will be open for patrons. Doors open at 6:00pm with the Festival beginning at 7pm on Monday September 26 and Tuesday September 27.

The 10 Finalists being shown this year are:

"The Tunnel" (Norway) A family returning by car from holiday is stuck in a traffic jam that may put a permanent end to their trip, courtesy of the government.

"Carousel" (England) An older man gives wisdom to a teenager who offers a surprising response.

"Kaputt" (Germany) Animated documentary about Hoheneck, the main prison for women in the former East Germany.

"Ella Gets A Promotion" (USA) A loyal, talented employee finally receives the promotion she deserves but the new position has unexpected drawbacks.

"Hold On" (The Netherlands) A talented musician suddenly develops stage fright after a cello string breaks during an important concert.

"Overtime" (Australia) A man gets stuck working late hours at the office but is afraid to be out after dark.

"Bravoman" (Russia) A man paid to rouse theatre audiences meets a woman who cries at every show.

"Gorilla" (France) In Hollywood, 1952, a man performs as a costumed gorilla, but how does he get the leading lady to fall for a big ape?

"I Am A Pencil" (Australia) Freedom of expression is the focus of this animated flick inspired by protest marches on January 11, 2015 after a massacre in France.

"The Last Journey of The Enigmatic Paul W. R" (France) Earth's best astronaut disappears in a flying car prior to a space mission that will save the world.