‘Disney’s Beauty and the Beast’ comes to Media, PA for the holiday season!

It’s a tale as old as time, and a perfect way to celebrate the holidays with your family!  “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” comes  to The Media Theatre (104 East State Street, Media, PA), just in time for the holidays.  This professional musical extravaganza will play the historic theatre from Nov. 15, 2017 through Jan. 14, 2018.

The stage version of the classic Disney movie features all of the songs written by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman, along with a few new songs created specifically for the stage version. The original Broadway production of Beauty and the Beast ran for over thirteen years and was nominated for nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

The story focuses on Belle, a young woman, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. The Beast must learn to love and be loved so that the curse will end. With time running out, if the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for eternity.

This production at The Media Theatre is directed and choreographed by Dann Dunn, with music direction by Ben Kapilow.  It features Alanna J. Smith as Belle, Jarret Jay Yoder as The Beast, Bob Stineman as Gaston, and Stephen Fala as Lefou, as well as JP Dunphy (Lumiere), Kelly Briggs (Cogsworth), Hillary Parker (Mrs. Potts), Charlie Carroccio/ Adrian Henry (Chip), Molly Tower (LaGrande) and Julianna Babb (Babette).  Ensemble members include Dante Brattelli, Ronnie Keller, Kimberly Maxson, Megan McDevitt, Niklaus Miller, Dana Orange, Maddy Pelesh, Christian Ryan, Jacob Schrimpf, Kristin Smith, Cara Treacy, Erika Wasko.

Tickets, which are $30-58, are currently on sale at mediatheatre.org, or by calling 610-891-0100.

Hawk Watch

Autumn Hawk Watch occurs daily through Friday, December 15
st Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, Kempton
Trail fee applies for Non-Members
The Annual Autumn Hawk Watch began August 15 at the Sanctuary’s famed North Lookout and is conducted daily, weather permitting, through Dec. 15. An official counter and interpreters are on hand to point out and identify birds. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to learn more about hawk migration and enjoy this spectacle of nature.

For more information call 610-756-6961 or visit www.hawkmountain.org.

‘Touchtones’ premieres at Arden Theatre

Arden Theatre Company continues their 30th Anniversary Season with the World Premiere musical TOUCHTONES, with story by Michael Hollinger and Robert Maggio, book and lyrics by Hollinger and music by Maggio. Emmanuelle Delpech directs on the Arden’s Arcadia Stage at 40 N. 2nd Street in Philadelphia. Performances are October 19 – December 3, 2017

TOUCHTONES is a brand new musical comedy about love, sex and the fantasy at the other end of the line. It’s 1999, the cusp of a new millennium, and technology promises intimacy as well as anonymity. Christine and her fiancé Justin take a vow of chastity until they are married, but when Christine finds out Justin has been calling TOUCHTONES, she decides to harbor a few secrets of her own.

TOUCHTONES is written by the local team of playwright Michael Hollinger (story, book and lyrics,) and musician and composer Robert Maggio (story and music.) The Arden has enjoyed an ongoing collaboration with Hollinger that has yielded nine world premieres including Under the Skin; Opus; Ghost-Writer; Tooth and Claw; Red Herring; Tiny Island; Incorruptible and An Empty Plate in the Café du Grand Boeuf. TOUCHTONES is the first of Hollinger’s musicals the Arden will produce.

Arden Producing Artistic Director Terrence J. Nolen says, “How fitting it is for the Arden to produce a Hollinger work during our 30th Anniversary Season. Michael is a treasured Arden collaborator and – outside of Sondheim – is the most produced playwright in Arden history.”

He adds, “The Arden is also a long-time producer of new works and audacious musicals, and so we are especially thrilled to produce our first Hollinger musical and to work for the first time with local composer Robert Maggio.”

Post-show discussions will be held following performances on Thursday, November 2 at 7pm, Wednesday, November 8 at 6:30pm, Sunday, November 12 at 2pm, Wednesday, November 15 at 6:30pm, and Sunday, November 26 at 2pm.

The Arden is wheelchair accessible and provides assisted listening devices and large-print programs at every performance. Open Captioned and Audio Described performances will take place on Friday, Nov. 17 at 8pm and Saturday, Nov.18 at 2pm. Reservations are required for accessible seating and may be made by calling the Arden’s Box Office at 215-922.1122.

Call the Box Office at 215.922.1122 or visit www.ardentheatre.org or walk-up at the box office, 40 N. 2nd Street

$37-$52 for adults depending on the performance chosen

Group discounts available for 15+

Student Rush tickets – 30 minutes before curtain for $10 cash, pending availability (must present valid student ID)

 

 

‘Quartet’ at Bristol Riverside Theatre

Learning to age gracefully is the theme of Bristol Riverside Theatre’s next Mainstage production, Quartet by Ron Harwood running October 31-November 19.  Directed by Susan D. Atkinson, the ensemble cast features Keith Baker, Joy FranzLaural Merlington, and Nick Ullett.

Cecily, Reggie and Wilf live in a home for retired opera singers, where they take part in an annual concert to celebrate Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi’s birthday. When opera great Jean Horton arrives just in time to sing at the concert, she’s asked to perform for the first time in over 20 years, but will the show actually go on? Two friends and her ex-husband will do anything to make sure Jean takes the stage. This funny and poignant play is a sweet ode to the art of growing old gracefully, culminating in a rousing, glorious finale.

Previews begin Tuesday, October 31 with opening night on Thursday, November 2.  Performances run Tuesday through Sunday until November 19.  Tickets start at $33, with discounts for students, groups and military personnel.  Tickets are available by visiting brtstage.org or calling the BRT Box Office at 215-785-0100.  Bristol Riverside Theatre is located at 120 Radcliffe Street in Bristol, PA.

 

‘Broken Stones’ at InterAct

If you believe in a story, does that make it true? British playwright Fin Kennedy’s exhilarating play, BROKEN STONES, presented by InterAct Theatre Company, is based on a true story, but “based on” is relative. BROKEN STONES starts with the world’s first recorded story, The Epic of Gilgamesh, and folds in the investigation of the looting of the Baghdad Museum of Antiquities by the U.S. military in 2003, to examine the hypocrisy of “entertainment news,” how myth becomes fact, and why sometimes stories are all we have.

Kennedy’s stunning play runs October 27 – November 19, 2017 at InterAct and features a dynamic cast including Barrymore Award winners Charlotte Northeast and Joe Guzman, as well as Rand Gurrero, Peter Bisgaier, Daniel Barland, Najla Said, Nazli Sarpkaya and Steven Wright.  Opening Night is Wednesday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. Performances take place in the Proscenium Theatre at The Drake, located at 302 S. Hicks Street in Center City Philadelphia.  Tickets cost between $25-$40 and are available online at interacttheatre.org, at the box office at boxoffice@interacttheatre.org, or by phone at 215-568-8079.

“We’ve been hoping to premiere BROKEN STONES for several years, but the scale and scope of the play made it prohibitive to produce until we were able to secure project support from the Independence Foundation and National Endowment for the Arts” says Director and InterAct’s Producing Artistic Director, Seth Rozin. “As it happens, the play’s themes have only become increasingly relevant, particularly in the world of “fake news,” ancient artifacts being stolen by American corporations, and the general oversaturation of story over substance. BROKEN STONES asks us to question the veracity of everything we hear.”

Fact: priceless artifacts were looted from The Baghdad Museum in 2003 during the Iraq War. Fact: A U.S. Marine went in to investigate who was responsible. Everything else is open for interpretation. Marine Reservist Alejandro Ramirez (Rand Guerrero) is on a quest to tell the world what he witnessed while investigating the violent looting of the Baghdad Museum during the Iraq WarBut when he meets his new Ghostwriter (Charlotte Northeast), mythologies mix, reality turns to quicksand, and his tale becomes an epic adventure across Iraq, London, New York City, and Hollywood.  Kennedy’s world premiere is an intense, cinematic thriller that examines the appropriation of narrative and just what it means to print the legend.

Limited “INTER-HALF” half-price tickets are available after previews, purchased same day and in-person at the box office (credit card fees apply).

InterAct is committed to connecting stories on stage with issues facing our world today, and will celebrate that commitment this season through InterConnections, an audience engagement program presented by PNC Arts Alive. Consistent with the themes of BROKEN STONES, InterAct is partnering with The Penn Museum of Antiquities, in connection with their exhibit Cultures in the Crossfire which speaks to threats leveled toward antiquities in the Middle East. In addition, InterAct is proud to work with Warrior Writers, a national non-profit created to promote a culture that articulates veterans’ experiences, build a collaborative community for artistic expression, and bear witness to war and the full range of military experiences.

Reproductions of ancient artifacts provided by The Penn Museum, as well as artwork created by veterans connected to Warrior Writers, will adorn the Arcadia Foundation Lobby of The Proscenium Theatre through the run of BROKEN STONES.

InterAct will host community-based Social Action Happy Hours on Fridays during the run to support local social causes. Collaborators in the past have include HIAS PA and New Sanctuary Movement. InterAct proudly welcomes Warrior Writers for this on Friday, November 17. Attendees to these events will receive half-price tickets to that evening’s performance (as available) as well as discounts on wine and beer.

During the run, InterAct will also present post-show audience conversations. Coffee Conversations occur on Tuesday and Wednesdaynights, featuring informal discussions with the artists and complimentary coffee from Rival Bros. Coffee and treats from Insomnia Cookies. Speaker Sundays, which follow Sunday matinee performances, are curated conversations led by invited scholars, community leaders, and experts in the themes of the play. Sunday, November 5, InterAct is proud to welcome Professor C. Brian Rose, who works with military officers on protocol surrounding antiquities found in the field, and prominent psychoanalyst Salman Akhtar on November 12.

Other evenings feature Audience Discussions after every other performance during the run (beginning November 3). These will be facilitated by local community members to foster conversation after the show, connecting the themes and events of the play to our larger community.

To engage the community further, InterAct will be offering an open captioned performance on Sunday, November 12 and a Spanish captioned performance on Friday, November 17.