‘Pinball Wizard’ spins summer rock ‘n roll at Media Theatre

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The rock and roll sensation “The Who’s Tommy” continues at the Media Theatre through Aug. 9. With professional actors Garrison Carpenter as Tommy and Adam Hoyak as Captain Walker, the musical tells the tale of the deaf, blind, and mute boy who becomes a legendary pinball wizard.
The production is a part of the theatre’s summer events programming which focuses on educational performance opportunities for youth. But in “The Who’s Tommy”, the teen ensemble works alongside professional actors in principle roles as they gain insight to pursuing a career in music theatre.

Garrsion Carpenter is featured the title role in "The Who's Tommy" at The Media Theatre.

Garrsion Carpenter is featured the title role in “The Who’s Tommy” at The Media Theatre.

“This is not a high school production,” said the theatre’s Artistic Director Jesse Cline, who directed the show. “This is a fully-produced real production of a classic rock musical, which captures the intensity and dimension hoped for by its creators, Pete Townshend and the famed rock group. We have a live band on stage throughout as well. It’s a perfect fit for the teen ensemble as the roles they depict on stage are also teenagers who become entranced with Tommy. The show speaks to audiences on so many levels.”
Garrison Carpenter was seen recently in The Media Theatre’s “Ghost: The Musical” while Adam Hoyak was in “Hello Dolly” working with Andrea McArdle.
Christopher Ertelt, the theatre’s resident music director, plays keyboard in the live band and also conducts. A large screen up stage back the action. Chris Jordan developed the images.
For tickets ($12-15), visit mediatheatre.org or call 610-891-0100.

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