Rx for Family Fun at The Media Theatre

I knew that a trip to The Media Theatre for its production of Dr. Dolittle would be a real treat for my son, a lover of all things nature- and animal-related. Having reviewed several shows at the theatre over the past few years, I was looking forward to Artistic Director Jesse Cline’s interpretation of this classic story of a man who prefers animals to humans.

As luck would have it, the Philadelphia Zoo On Wheels was making an appearance upstairs before the show. We were able to meet Hardy, an active prehensile-tail skink; Picchu, a lovely (and vocal) blue and gold macaw; Phoebe, a shy hedgehog; and Pinky the nine-banded armadillo. After learning more about these amazing creatures and enjoying a homemade sugar cookie from the cafe, we headed into the theatre for the performance.

As Dr. Dolittle, Bill Vargus commands the stage with a stately and confidant manner that projects just the right mix of compassion (for animals) and disdain (for people). Lauren Cupples gives a strong, soulful turn as Emma Fairfax. Sean Thompson imbues his portrayal of Matthew Mugg with wonder and innocence. The blustery General Bellowes is portrayed with flair by Dan Schiff. Jef Canter is comedy perfection as opportunistic circus-owner Albert Blossom. Spirited ensemble pieces include “My Friend the Doctor,” “I’ve Never Seen Anything Like It,” and “Save the Animals.”

Playing the roles of the doctor’s furry and feathered friends in the show are members of the theatre’s Youth Ensemble. The whole menagerie—including seals, dogs, a chimp, a duck, a fox, a cow, a pig, and more—is a delight! These talented performers are a testament to the theatre’s outstanding education programs. My son was quite interested in finding out more about these young actors. Could I have a budding performer on my hands? I hope so!

Dr. Doolittle will be on stage at The Media Theatre through January 27; visit the link for showtimes and tickets. The Zoo On Wheels will be visiting the theatre before matinee performances for the next three Saturdays.

The holidays are an exciting time at The Media Theatre. A Velveteen Rabbit Christmas, part of the theatre’s children’s series, is also showing each Saturday morning at 11am through December 29 (with an additional show Friday, December 7, at 9:45am). New this year, the theatre is offering a special five-day holiday camp featuring acting, dance, and vocal lessons for kids ages 6–16, starting on December 26. The theatre is also raffling off tickets for a chance to win a trip to London valued at $12,000. Only 200 tickets will be sold (making the odds of winning far better than that Powerball lottery last week); the winner will be announced at the theatre’s annual gala, to be held February 23.

Still looking for a great holiday present? The theatre has gift cards! I can’t think of a better treat for a theatre lover or aspiring actor on your list. Or ask about purchasing an engraved gold star to be placed on the theatre’s Wall of Fame, part of the upcoming remodel of the theatre lobby. I hope you’ll join me in supporting Delaware County’s only professional theatre, and help keep the arts alive!

—Michele Kornegay

Note: Performance photos by Maura McConnell of Maura McConnell Photography in Media.

Delaware County Symphony

Originally from the Brandywine Country Magazine. Story by Kim Graham.

Professional-Quality Performances Abound Throughout Our Countryside, Providing a Diverse Musical Soundtrack to Our Beautiful Landscape

The lights blink and then moments later dim into darkness. Somewhere in the blackness, under a solitary light clipped to a music stand, the cacophony of an orchestra coming to life bellows and bounces off the walls. The low groan of a trombone, the flitter of a flute, the rumble of a drum fight against each other until they are brought to a stop by the tap-tap-tap of the master’s baton. The audience breathes in the quiet moment of anticipation . . . And the magic begins.

How long has it been since you’ve enjoyed a night of live music? Since you’ve sat in awe of the grand sound of an accomplished symphony or you’ve tapped your feet to the beat of a lively choral group? If it’s been too long, your excuses are over because there are several wonderful options for a memorable musical evening right here in Brandywine Country. Take the Delaware County Symphony for instance.

For more than 30 years, the Delaware County Symphony has provided our area with outstanding opportunities to learn, experience and appreciate classical music. By providing audiences and performers with a varied repertoire, the 70-member community orchestra is a dynamic group that enriches our local arts environment through its performances. Each year, the orchestra performs four full symphony concerts and four chamber concerts. The symphony concerts typically feature soloists and include standard works as well as American and world premieres. The chamber concerts highlight music for smaller ensembles and showcase the more experienced members of the orchestra as well as guest soloists. All concerts are given at the Meagher Theatre on the Neumann University campus in Aston, Pa. Community members are welcome to join the orchestra, and you don’t necessarily need an instrument to become a part of the group. Interested musicians may schedule an audition with the symphony’s personnel manager, but volunteers are also needed in supporting roles such as ticket collection, lobby sales, poster distribution and fundraising activities.

More information on the symphony — including schedules, contact information and ticket sales — can be found on the Web site at www.dcsmusic.org or by calling 610-879-7059.


 



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