Delaware County Council honored The Media Theatre on Jan. 30, recognizing its achievements and its recent Broadway World Awards. The professional music theatre company’s Artistic Director Jesse Cline was presented with a resolution from the Council.
Council Member Dave White presented the resolution and stated, “One of our entertainment landmarks is The Media Theatre. Today, we are pleased to recognize the theatre for winning six Broadway World 'Best of Philadelphia' theatre awards for its productions in 2012.”
He continued, “County Council congratulates Artistic Director Jesse Cline, the theatre staff, the board and the actors for the awards from the national theatre website. The Media Theatre was up against theaters in Philadelphia and the southeastern region. The fact that it won six awards is remarkable and means that Delaware County has a professional music theater company offering the kind of quality theatre you find in a major city. The awards were for critically acclaimed productions that Jesse and his troupe were creative and bold enough to stage including Wings, Spring Awakening, and the Delaware County premiere of Hairspray.”
The Media Theatre’s Board Chair Perry Ecksel was in attendance, as well as Carol Thaler Roberts of Rose Valley, who chairs the theatre’s annual Gala. She said, “I have seen shows all over Philadelphia and around the world, and the shows at The Media Theatre really sizzle!”
The resolution stated, in part, “Whereas, the Media Theatre is Delaware County’s only professional music theatre that, since 2000, has entertained thousands of County residents with Broadway musicals starring national Equity and local performers on its historic stage; and Whereas, the Media Theatre was recognized by the online theater site, Broadway World, with six 'Best of Philadelphia' theatre awards for the 2012 season, including Best Theatre Company and Best Music Direction; and…
Whereas, the mission of the Media Theatre is dedicated to inspire and improve lives and educate through music theatre, and the caliber of Media Theatre productions was recognized by the national Broadway World theatre community with six awards,
Now, Therefore, Be It Resolved, that We, the County Council of Delaware County, do hereby commend and congratulate The Media Theatre as well as Artistic Director Jesse Cline, the actors, directors and theatre board for receiving these honors and for providing a high caliber of arts and entertainment for the residents of Delaware County.”
The awards won, all from Broadway World Philadelphia, were for Best Theatre Company, Best Music Direction (Tom Fosnocht, Wings), Best Actor in A Musical (Schyler Conaway, Spring Awakening), Best Ensemble of A Musical (Spring Awakening), Best Special Event (Andrea McArdle, The Media Theatre Gala), and Best Set Design (Lance Kniskern, Hairspray).
Upcoming events at The Media Theatre include the fun ‘50’s musical Forever Plaid (February 20-March 31), Justin Guarini In Concert at The Annual Gala (February 23), the classic musical Mame starring Andrea McArdle (April 17-May 19), and its popular summer camp (starting June 17).
For tickets or information, call 610-891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org.