Friday, March 3, 2017


The Media Theatre celebrated with Broadway stars, regional VIP’s, politicians, and dignitaries on Saturday February 25 for its most successful fundraising Gala ever. The 23rd annual Gala, “Star Struck”, featured a headlining performance by Tony winning actress Alice Ripley. Title sponsor was Alkemy X. 

The evening placed the spotlight on the many star contributors, volunteers, and performers who continue to guide and light the theater and its mission.  The 2017 Walter M. Strine Advocate of the Arts Award was presented to Delaware County Councilman David White for his exemplary generosity.  Iron Workers Bank, represented by its President Mr. John Whitig, received the 2017 Community Partnership Award for its longstanding commitment to The Vocalist and Vocalist Jr. vocal contests for youth.
The Media Theatre's Artistic Director Jesse Cline celebrates with Broadway's Tony nominated Ann Crumb and Broadway and regional actress Krissy Fraelich at The Media Theatre Gala February 25. 

Alice Ripley joins other Broadway and regional stars who have appeared on The Media Theatre stage including Philip Boykin, Betty Buckley, Ann Crumb, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Judy Kaye, Andy Karl, and Andrea McArdle. Aside from those celebrity names, many who have performed on the Media Theatre stage have had their start at the theatre’s education programs or developed as artists through the theatre’s musical productions.

“At almost any given time, audiences on Broadway are being entertained by Media Theatre alumnae,” notes Artistic Director Jesse Cline. “These include young actress Ava Briglia, who studied here and just finished playing the lead role on Broadway’s Matilda; Sean Thompson, who is currently cast in the new Broadway revival of Sunset Boulevard with Glenn Close after starring in The Media’s production of Sunset Boulevard two years ago; and Andy Karl who will be opening the new musical Groundhog Day this spring.”
Ree Dunphy, Media Theatre's Board of Directors Vice-Chairperson, with her son JP Dunphy, professional actor who has appeared several times on The Media Theatre stage.

Media Music Theatre Company is the professional music theatre organization which produces the Broadway Series, Children’s Series, and educational programs at The Media Theatre. Due to its regional and national impact, The Media Theatre has received 72 Broadway World Awards for “Best of Philadelphia Theatre” since 2012, as well as honors from the New York Daily News and over 24 “Best Of” honors from media outlets such as the Philadelphia Inquirer, Delco News, Delaware County Daily Times, and Main Line Times.

The current production, “Side Show”, is on stage now through March 26. “West Side Story” concludes the 2016-17 Broadway Series season April 19 through June 11. For information or tickets, call 610-891-0100 or visit

About The Media Music Theatre Company:

The Media Theatre for the Performing Arts is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization operating as the only award-winning professional theatre in Delaware County.  It produces a full season of musicals and one play, the Broadway Series, a Children's Series, and educational opportunities. The theatre’s mission is to promote and nurture the imagination, diversity and joy unique to music theatre is exemplified by the professional productions of new and classic works and by our work with young people to herald music theatre as an art form that is indigenous to their cultural heritage.

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