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The Situation... 19063
next generation of
actors, singers and
performers. Media
Theatre is a cultural
asset that brings
people together and
adds an important
artistic element to
the fabric of Media
and beyond.

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he town of Media has been
nominated for Best Small Town
Cultural Scene by USA TODAY,
and once again The Media Theatre has
made national news. The town of Media
was represented in USA TODAY by this
photo of The Media Theatre.
March, 2019. Media Music Theatre
celebrated its 25th Anniversary in grand
style, to mark 25 years on State Street in
the county seat!
Over entry doors is printed: "The
mission of the Media Music Theatre
Company is to promote and nurture the
imagination, diversity, and joy unique
to music theatre by the production of
new and classic works; to herald music
theatre to young people as an art form
that is relevant to their lives and to
foster an understanding by them that it is
indigenous to their cultural heritage."
Artistic Director Jesse Cline, Executive
Director Patrick Ward and Company
Manager Roger Ricker have been at the
helm throughout the quarter-decade and
several iterations of the enterprise.
Media Theatre, the 1927 gem built for
the stage and screen, was restored as a
labor of love by Media Real Estate owner/
developer Walter Strine Sr. "My Fair
Lady" opened the new endeavor in 1994.
The next major transition came in 2003
when Strine sold the theater through some
underwriting and a state grant, making
Media Borough the sole owner.
Hundreds of great talents since have
charmed and excited audiences, and
most importantly, they have lead the

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A great ambassador
for The Media
Theatre since its
inception as a live
performing arts
venue 25 years
ago...
March, 2019. Jack Holefelder, one of
Delaware County's most prominent and
influential citizens, received the "Walter
Strine, Sr. Advocate of The Arts Award" at
The Media Theatre's Silver Anniversary
Benefit. The honor was named after
Walter Strine, Sr. who had the vision
a quarter of a century ago to renovate
State Street's historic movie theatre into
a live performing arts venue. Holefelder
received the award due to his consistent
advocacy and support for The Media
Theatre over the past 25 years in various
capacities. He was the first Board Chair
for the professional music theatre and has
remained closely involved ever since.
Jack Holefelder is a graduate of St.
James High School in Chester, PA, where
he is on the School's "Wall of Honor." He
went on to St. Joseph's University where
he earned a Business Administration
Degree. He is a Certified Arbitrator for the
Better Business Bureau. His Community
Service includes having been or serving as
the Chairman for the following: Neumann
University's Center for Leadership,
Delaware County Fair, Chester Housing
Authority Advisory Board, Red Cross,
March of Dimes Fundraising, Aston
Memorial Garden Foundation, Rotary
District 7450 Rotaplast Committee,

Goodwill Business Advisory Board,
Southwest Delaware County Municipal
Authority, and The Media Theatre's Board
of Directors.
Jack Holefelder has served on the
Boards of the Pennsylvania Veterans
Museum, the Ethel Sergeant Clark Smith
Memorial Foundation, the Delaware
County Hero Scholarship Fund, Blue
Cross Citizen Advisory Council,
Southeastern Delco United Way, Rocky
Run YMCA, and Delco Community
College Education Foundation.
He has been the President of The
Media Theatre for The Performing Arts,
Aston Business Association, Glen Riddle
Rotary, and the Penn-Delco School Board,
as well as the Vice-Chair for the Aston
Township Civil Service Commission and
the Delaware County Flag Foundation.
Jack has also been the Assistant District
Governor for Rotary District 7450, and
has raised over $5,000,000 for local
charities and projects.
Currently the Chairman of the Board
for Iron Workers Bank, his professional
service includes having been the President
of the Delaware County Chamber of
Commerce and the PA Chamber of
Commerce Executives. His Board member
experience extended to the Philadelphia
Airport Advisory Council, Villanova
University Small Business Advisory
Council and more, as well as having been
a PA State Delegate for the White House
Conference on Small Business.
His awards include Neumann
University's President's Award for
Humanitarian Service, The Red Cross
David Henderson Humanitarian Award,
U.S. Air Force Commendation Medal for
his service in the Air Force in Vietnam,
Delaware County's Distinguished
Community Service Award, March of
Dimes Lifetime Achievement Awards,
Rotaplast International Personal Service
Award for Service to the Children of Peru,
and more. *


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