Thursday, May 18, 2017


Williamson Trade School, located just five minutes from The Media Theatre, had a busy crew at what has become known as Delaware County's only professional music theatre. This was during its second annual Community Service Week, May 15-19.

“For four days we provide a community service, giving back to the community by assisting local non-profits,” stated Renee Lallo, a volunteer with Williamson whose husband, Art, sits on their board. “The Media Theatre is a terrific place, providing educational opportunities for young students,” she continued, as her daughter Valerie helped with some painting in the theatre’s second floor Crystal Room. The Lallo’s daughters are previous students of The Media Theatre’s acting classes.

Michelle Martella, Williamson’s Director of The Annual Fund, was on hand as well, working with the Trade School’s young men who were busy throughout The Media Theatre from the front doors of the lobby to the backstage dressing rooms. “We are doing some needed touch-ups, restorations, and installing new fixtures here and there,” Michelle said.
A partial group of Williamson Trade School students who assisted at Media Theatre:
John Woodbridge, Eric Sheller, Jimmy Guilin, Tim Smith,
with Carpentry Shop Director Mike Neville.
Williamson’s Placement Director, Margaret Kingham, was supervising each aspect of the work being done at the theatre. “One of Williamson’s core values is service, to give back and to assist the community,” she explained. “Mr. Walter Strine, Sr, who renovated The Media Theatre back in the mid-90’s as a beautiful performing arts venue was a student of Williamson. He was a student of our Masonry program. He eventually, in his own way of giving back to the community, donated funds to Williamson to create our Strine Learning Center.”
Fixing Up The Doors! 

The Lallos Get Into The Act!

With Williamson’s Service Week at The Media Theatre, it was as if The Williamson family had come home and a circle was completed which started when Strine had been a student at Williamson. A few of the current students of 2017 put their own personal touch on the venue. The theatre has, since Strine’s complete renovation in the mid-90’s, become synonymous with award-winning professional music theatre.
The Williamson Trade School crew that assisted The Media Theatre

Surely Mr. Walter Strine, Sr,--had he been here to witness the service work being done this week-- would have been very proud of the 2017 students assisting in retaining the elegance of a building that was so near and dear to his heart. He is, most likely, looking down upon the young men who came to the aid of The Media Theatre and giving them plenty of applause.

The Media Theatre’s current musical is “West Side Story” through June 11. For children, “Alice In Wonderland” will be on stage each weekend June 3 through August 27. Summer camps begin June 12. The theatre's Artistic Director is Jesse Cline. For more information, visit or call 610-891-0100.

Williamson College of the Trades prepares qualified young men to be respected leaders and productive members of society. More info may be found at

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