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'INTO THE WOODS' AT THE MEDIA THEATRE FEATURES CASSIDY ELSE AS THE STEPMOTHER THIS JULY
The Media Theatre has Stephen Sondheim’s Tony winning
musical “Into The Woods” on stage this summer, July 7 through July 30. The show
is being produced as a teen musical experience, in which a youth cast performs
along with two local (and slightly older) actors who have had professional or
Cassidy Else, who has been a student at The Media Theatre
since she was five years old, plays the role of Cinderella’s Stepmother in the
musical. Heading into the 8th Grade at Drexel Hill Middle School
this fall, she’s been seen previously on The Media Theatre stage in “Annie”, “Snow
White” “Magic Tree House”, “Sleeping Beauty”, “Disney’s Cinderella Kids”, “The
Jungle Book”, “Jack Frost” and in the Broadway Series professional production
of “Gypsy”. Currently, she is also in “Alice In Wonderland” as the Queen of
Hearts throughout the summer. At her school, she was in “The Little Mermaid”
and “Peter Pan”. She is a former “Vocalist
Junior” second place winner (2015), and has been a part of the theatre’s New
School for three years.
“I don’t think “Into The Woods” comes across as a fairy
tale,” she said. “It’s more like a reality check about how everything in life
doesn’t always have a happy ending. It teaches a good lesson about not being
greedy and that you can’t always get what you wish for.”
“Having a Sondheim show performed by teens is a great
demonstration of how hard we are all working, and how much we love the piece,”
“To approach the role of Cinderella’s Stepmother, I’ve
used my past acting experience to help me portray this complex person,” Cassidy
continued. “She starts out stubborn and rude, but in the end realizes how
important it is to keep her daughters safe.”
She summed it up with, “Being on stage has made me more
open in talking to people. Also acting and theatre assist in making friends,
and it’s really helped me in school by raising my confidence level. So, there’s
a lot you can discover through acting!”
For tickets to this summer's "Into The Woods"
at The Media Theatre (July 7-30) call 610-891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org.
Performances are Friday nights at 7pm, Saturdays at 2pm and 7pm, and Sundays at
3pm. Most roles are double cast, so it's a different cast each weekend!
The hit show "A Christmas Story: The Musical" is at The Media Theatre November 9 to January 8. It's suitable for all ages and makes a great outing for families during the holiday season. Based on the classic film which has gained popularity with each showing on television each holiday season, the musical has a book by Joseph Robinette with music and lyrics written by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. Songs include "Ralphie To The Rescue", "Sticky Situation", "It All Comes Down To Christmas", and "You'll Shoot Your Eye Out, Kid!" The story takes place in Indiana in the 1940's focusing on Ralphie, the boy who wants a Red Ryder BB Gun. He eventually learns that the holidays are not about what you have but who you have around you to share them with. There is a humorous sub-plot featuring Ralphie's father, referred to as The Old Man, who wins a leg lamp. It was nominated for three Tony Awards for its 2012 production at the Lunt-Fon…
The Media Theatre has the legendary musical
“West Side Story” April 19 through June 11. With a book by Arthur Laurents and
a sweeping score from Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim, the musical is
often referred to as one of the all-time greats in the Broadway canon.
“West Side Story” transports Shakespeare’s
Romeo and Juliet to New York City in the 1950’s. The story takes place on the west side of Manhattan at a time when many Puerto Ricans moved to
NYC. Two young lovers, Tony and Maria, find themselves in the middle of street
gangs at war—the Jets and the Sharks. The musical captures the essence of
struggling to survive amidst violence and prejudice which is one the main
reasons it has remained relevant to this day after premiering on Broadway in
1957. “West Side Story” highlights youthful
performers with energetic choreography and songs such as “Tonight”, “Maria”, “Somewhere”,
and “America”. At The Media Theatre, “West Side Story” is
directed and choreographed by Dann Dunn, with …
The Media Theatre has one musical per season which is not quite as mainstream as the other titles on its marquee, filling a particular void for those interested in passionate works by top notch writers and composers who have pieces in their oeuvre which deserve to be seen but are rarely produced. Artistic Director Jesse Cline has chosen the Broadway musical "Side Show" as this season's showcase for a little seen work. "Side Show", with a book and lyrics by Bill Russell and music by Henry Krieger, is based on the story of Daisy and Violet Hilton. The Hilton sisters were conjoined twins who entertained on the carnival and burlesque circuit in the 1920's and '30's. Managed poorly, the sisters eventually meet a talent scout and his budding musician pal who make a deal to showcase the two women on the Orpheum Circuit. Bursting with hope regarding their newfound fame, the ladies hearts are still unfulfilled, as they cannot escape the reputation of being …