Thursday, October 5, 2017

The Media Theatre Announces Cast for "Jack Frost Saves Christmas" Holiday Family Show 2017

The Media Theatre’s children’s show for the holiday season is coming up soon. “Jack Frost Saves Christmas” is on Saturdays at 11am and Sundays at Noon November 26 through December 31.

This one hour upbeat and heartfelt show for youth of all ages is all about the boy who can't seem to do anything right because everything he touches turns to ice! Soon, however, friendship and the art of giving get everyone in on the act for a wonderful holiday.


"Jack Frost Saves Christmas" was written by Matt and Tina Jo Wallace with music by Scott Bradley, a previous resident music director for The Media Theatre. Songs include "Countdown to Christmas", "Frost", and "Gifts Are For Giving". The show begins at The North Pole where Jack Frost is in the company of four humorous animals who make jokes and sing before he disappears and mistakenly enters a small town's holiday musical.

The production features a cast of the theatre's professionally trained acting, dance, and New School students along with three special guest adult actors.

Austy Hicks
Austy Hicks, recently seen at The Media Theatre as Jesus in “Godspell” and as Enoch Snow Jr. in the Broadway Series production of “Carousel”, plays the lead role of Jack Frost. He was also seen as Jack (a different one!) in “Into The Woods” and was a brother in “Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”. He’s also been in The Limelight Theatre of West Chester’s “The Wizard of Oz”.

Roger Ricker directs the show and reprises his role as Mr. Holly, the town's Elton John-esque eccentric theatre director. Local actor Henry O' Neill ("West Side Story", "Aladdin", "Annie Jr.") returns as Santa Claus.

This is the third time The Media Theatre brings “Jack Frost Saves Christmas” to its historic stage. It is the only theatre in the Philadelphia region where audiences of all ages are able to enjoy the one hour musical comedy.

Music Direction is by Justin Adams. The colorful costumes are by Carol Sorensen. The show includes audience participation and an opportunity for children to be on stage during the "Rompin' Reindeer" dance.

The show plays Saturdays at 11am and Sundays at November 26 through December 31. To purchase tickets call 610-891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org. It's just $12 for children and $15 for adults to enjoy this special holiday themed treat.

The complete cast for “Jack Frost Saves Christmas” is:

Jack Frost.......Austy Hicks
Elizabeth.........Hannah Brady / Ilena Mita
Elizabeth's Mom....Isabelle Butera/ Hanna Murphy

Rabbit............Elizabeth Brown/ Lily Lexer
Penguin.........Aiden Fox/ Lily Jo Shelkin
Raccoon........Greyson Heneks / Olivia Stroup
Polar Bear.....Shannon Clark/ Noelle Longenberger

Mr. Holly.......Roger Ricker

Anna, the dancer.............Bridget Henry
Michael, the singer.........Zachary Amos/ Charles Lamonaca

Father Winter and Santa.....Henry O' Neill

Story Tellers.......Alyssa Carlow, Savanna Galloway, Zoe Nesbitt, Lauren Saddic

News Vendors....Brooklyn Bonner, Leo Koncos, Drew Murphy, David Potts, 
                             Audrey Siu, Madison Vassilakopoulos

Townspeople....All actors when not playing double cast role listed
                          (Also News Vendors are always Townspeople as well)

Understudies:
Jack Frost......Leo Koncos
Mr. Holly/ Santa.........Tim Haney
                          



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