Ricker's birthday is actually June 7, when he will be a young 52 years old, but weekend parties are always the best so he has decided to put together a special fundraiser for the professional music theatre company.
|Media Theatre's Roger Ricker|
In lieu of anyone giving him birthday surprises, Ricker requests that all gifts go toward Media Music Theatre Company which is the professional music theatre company housed at The Media Theatre.
"This concert is a fun way for me to celebrate getting younger," he said. "But it's really about supporting Delaware County's only professional music theatre. I ask that everyone who attends support the theatre with a donation in celebration of my 52nd birthday. That is the finest gift you could give."
Ricker has had quite a year of performance, having been featured in last summer's "The Who's Tommy" and "Disney's Aladdin Jr." as well as this season's mainstage productions of "Gypsy" and "1776" plus the Children's Series shows "Tale of Beauty and the Beast", "Peter Pan and Wendy", and the current "Sleeping Beauty". He's been with The Media Theatre since it opened its doors in 1995 and assisted with its transition to a not-for-profit in 2000. All told, he's been in just about 100 shows at the historic venue.
"This is a nice way to cap the last twelve months," he explained. "After this, I'll take a break from the stage for a while so be sure to come see the concert June 5!"
The State Street Miracles, the theatre's performance troupe of adults with developmental disabilities, will also perform during the special event as well as a few surprise special guests including Prospect Park Policemen Henry O' Neill, who will make his concert debut. O' Neill was The Media Theatre's Volunteer of The Year honoree in 2015.
Tickets for the Roger Ricker & Friends "Happy Birthday" concert Sunday June 5 at 3pm are $20 per person. Call 610-891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org.