Thursday, July 31, 2014

Update on Tina Fey’s Homecoming to Upper Darby Summer Stage!

Press Release
For Immediate Release
Contact:
Lauren Stevenson Yacina
610.506.1355
 ***UPDATE!***
Upper Darby Summer Stage alum, Tina Fey, returns on August 16 to kick-off
40th season and to host fundraising event
Tickets are available to support one of the longest running Children’s Theater programs in the country. The event will feature the 10th anniversary screening of “Mean Girls” followed by a Q&A session with the writer, producer and Emmy-award winning actress, Tina Fey
July 31, 2014 – Drexel Hill, PA – Tina Fey returns to Upper Darby Summer Stage on August 16! Before there was “Second City,” “Saturday Night Live,” “Mean Girls” and “30 Rock,” there was Upper Darby Summer Stage where Tina Fey acted and directed. Upper Darby Summer Stage is one of the nation’s longest running and most successful Children’s Theater programs and a valuable community asset. Summer Stage was recently named one of the eight best-known summer theater programs for young performers in the nation by Backstage.com.
Executive Director Harry Dietzler and Summer Stage alum, Tina Fey
Executive Director Harry Dietzler and Summer Stage alum, Tina Fey
Upper Darby Summer Stage will kick-off its 40th season on August 16 with the fundraising event hosted by Tina Fey. Tickets are available to support the theater program with the purchase of a new sound system for the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center, an investment of approximately $300,000. Upper Darby Summer Stage was established in 1976 and welcomes over 700 young participants each summer and over 30,000 ticket-holders to the series of family-friendly musicals.
Tickets for the event include a 10th anniversary screening of “Mean Girls,” loosely based on Tina Fey’s experience at Upper Darby High School. The screening will be projected onto three large screens, strategically positioned for maximum viewing from all seats. The movie will be followed by a question-and-answer session with Tina. TV Guide Magazine Senior Writer and Summer Stage alum Damian Holbrook will moderate the Q & A. Tickets may be purchased by online: www.udpac.org or by calling the box office at 610.622.1189. Tickets are $40 – $100 and are tax deductible.
“Before the Emmy Award-winning actress, comedian, producer and writer became a household name, Tina Fey acted, directed, ushered and worked in the box office at Upper Darby Summer Stage,” said Harry Dietzler, Executive Director. “Several of our current staff members were in productions directed by Tina.” She paid tribute to Upper Darby Summer Stage in her NY Times best-selling book, “Bossypants.” “As we move into our 40th year,” said Dietzler, “We are pleased, excited and grateful that Tina is will help us with our goal to upgrade our audio capabilities as we continue to raise the bar on the level of family-friendly entertainment we offer the community.”
Tina grew up in Upper Darby Township and attended Upper Darby High School. She made her movie debut as a writer and co-star in 2004 in “Mean Girls.” She has won multiple awards including a Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, and Emmy Award forBest Actress in a Comedy Series for her work in “30 Rock.”
The event is a non-press event.
The Upper Darby Performing Arts Center is jointly sponsored by Upper Darby Township Mayor and Council and the Upper Darby School District Board of School Directors through the Department of Recreation and Leisure Services.
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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Tina Fey is coming to the UDPAC!

SAVE THE DATE! – AUGUST 16, 2014
Writer, producer and Emmy Award-winning actress Tina Fey will appear at an event to support Upper Darby Summer Stage and kick off 40th season!
Ms. Fey will greet supporters at an exclusive screening of the 10th anniversary of “Mean Girls.” Proceeds will support a new sound system for Upper Darby Performing Arts Center
July 1, 2014 – Drexel Hill, PA – Upper Darby Summer Stage proudly announces that alumna Tina Fey – writer, producer and Emmy Award-winning actress – will kick-off the 40th season with an appearance at an exclusive 10th anniversary screening of “Mean Girls” on August 16, 2014. Ms. Fey wrote the screenplay and co-starred in the movie, loosely based on her years at Upper Darby High School.
The August 16th event will feature a meet-and-greet with Ms. Fey at 6:30 pm, a screening of the movie at 7:30 pm and a question-and-answer session after the movie screening. Proceeds will support a new sound system for the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center and will launch the 40th season celebration of Upper Darby Summer Stage. The event will take place at Upper Darby Performing Arts Center, 601 N. Lansdowne Avenue, Drexel Hill, PA.
Tickets for the exclusive meet-and-greet with Ms. Fey are $150 and include the movie screening, as well as participation in the question-and-answer session after the screening. Tickets to the screening and question-and-answer session only are $100. Tickets will go on sale on July 7 and may be purchased online at www.udpac.org.
The actress, comedian, writer and producer known for her work on Saturday Night Live (SNL, 1998-2006) and on the critically acclaimed NBC series, 30 Rock (2006-2013), was born and raised in Upper Darby Township and participated in Upper Darby Summer Stage. Ms. Fey made her movie debut as a writer and co-star in 2004 in “Mean Girls.” She has won multiple awards including a Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, and Emmy Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series for her work in 30 Rock.
Founded in 1976 and known as one of the country’s most successful youth theater programs, Upper Darby Summer Stage welcomes over 700 young participants each summer and 30,000 ticket-holders from throughout the Delaware Valley.
The Upper Darby Performing Arts Center is jointly sponsored by Upper Darby Township Mayor and Council and the Upper Darby School District Board of School Directors through the Department of Recreation and Leisure Services.

Press release written by Lauren Stevenson Yacina

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Upper Darby Fourth of July Celebration





Upper Darby Township’s 

FIREWORKS! 

And Rock and Roll Concert! 

At Upper Darby High School Memorial Field



Thursday, July 3 at 7:30 PM 

Rain Date July 5 

Featuring the fabulous dance band



Chico’s Vibe! 

Upper Darby Summer Stage Shooting Stars 

Gates open at 7 PM



Admission $4 • Children 5 and Under Free



Tickets at Gate or in advance at the UD Performing Arts Center

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Upper Darby Summer Stage

Tickets go on sale June 2! NOW!



Hundreds of talented young adults from throughout the Delaware Valley prepare for season 39.
Hundreds of talented young adults from throughout the Delaware Valley prepare for season 39.

A Philadelphia-region summer tradition, Summer Stage announces the family-friendly line-up at Upper Darby Performing Arts Center

May 21, 2014 – Drexel Hill, PA – Upper Darby Performing Arts Center proudly announces the 39th season of Upper Darby Summer Stage! Tickets go on sale June 2. Since 1976 the family-friendly musical theater series has been a Delaware Valley summer tradition. The series includes six one-hour Children’s Theater musicals and the Mainstage production “Shrek the Musical.”
Performances begin on July 9 and take place at Upper Darby Performing Arts Center, 601 N. Lansdowne Avenue, Drexel Hill, PA. The air conditioned, stadium-style theater is wheel-chair accessible and offers free parking. Tickets may be purchased online at www.udpac.org or by calling the box office at 610.622.1189. Tickets for the Children’s Theater shows are $7 – $10 and for the Mainstage production, $12 – $15.
The 2014 Upper Darby Summer Stage season includes six Children’s Theater shows:
  • “The Circle of Life,” featuring songs from Disney shows – July 9, 10, 11 at 10:30 am and July 10 at 7:30 pm
  • “Elliot and the Magic Bed,” a magical adventure by award-winning Summer Stage alumnus, Marcus Stevens, who is now on Broadway – July 16, 17, 18 at 10:30 am and July 17 at 7:30 pm
  • “Doctor Doolittle, Jr.” based on the beloved movie musical – July 23, 24, 25 at 10:30 am and July 24 at 7:30 pm
  • “School House Rock Live Jr.,” the pop culture phenomenon – July 30, 31 and August 1 at 10:30 am and July 31 at 7:30 pm
  • “Honk, Jr.,” a modern twist on the classic, “The Ugly Duckling” – August 6, 7, 8 at 10:30 am and August 7 at 7:30 pm
  • Disney’s “Alice in Wonderland, Jr.,” featuring favorite songs like Zip-a-dee-doo-dah and The Unbirthday Song – August 13, 14, 15 at 10:30 am and August 14 at 7:30 pm
The Children’s Theater performances are musicals that are approximately 70 minutes long without intermission and are geared toward children four and up. Audience members are encouraged to come early to enjoy pre-show activities during the morning performances and stay after the show for autographs and photographs with cast members. Free babysitting is available for younger family members.
The Mainstage show “Shrek the Musical,” based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks film, is presented on August 1, 2, 8 and 9, at 7:30 pm with a matinee on August 9 at 1:30 pm. The Broadway caliber, full-length production features professional directors, choreographers, costume designers, set designers, technicians, as well as professional musicians in the orchestra. Young adults, up to the age of 28, make up the cast, and the Mainstage production is appropriate for children ages 8 and up and will appeal to serious musical theatergoers because of the high-caliber talent and production value.
Since 1976, the Upper Darby Summer Stage program has introduced thousands of families from throughout the Delaware Valley to live musical theater. Each summer over 30,000 ticket-holders walk through the doors of the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center to experience performances at a price the entire family can enjoy.
Over 750 registrants from throughout the Delaware Valley participate in the program, a model throughout the country for youth theater programs. Over 30 performances will be presented in the short span of six exciting weeks including Children’s Theater shows, Mainstage shows, One-Act Play performances, and a Dance Troupe-Cabaret production. The staff of 100 professional directors, choreographers, costumers, and technicians is committed to providing excellent musical theater training and high-quality performances for families and the entire community.
Harry Dietzler, Founder and Executive Director, established the Summer Stage program in 1976 and recently received the distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award at the 17th Annual Barrymore Awards for Excellence for his positive contribution to the regional Philadelphia theater community. Summer Stage has been recognized as “Philadelphia’s Best Theater Group” for five consecutive years by Philly Hot List.
The Upper Darby Performing Arts Center is jointly sponsored by Upper Darby Township Mayor and Council and the Upper Darby School District Board of School Directors through the Department of Recreation and Leisure Services.
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Delaware County Summer Festival in Rose Tree Park

Delaware County Summer Festival
in Rose Tree Park

Rose Tree Park Amphitheater
(Route 252 and Rose Tree Road)
To receive the official schedule after it’s been printed in May, send a self-addressed,
stamped envelope to:
Parks & Recreation
Attn.: Summer Festival Programs
201 W. Front St.
Government Center Bldg.
Media, PA, 19063
Eager for another great season of entertainment?
Mark your calendars…....and grab your blankets and chairs. It's time to enjoy another summer full of spectacular performances on the hillside. Concessions are sold at all concerts or you may bring your own tasty provisions. Please remember that alcoholic beverages are prohibited throughout the park, and for everyone's safety and comfort, pets and smoking must remain outside the amphitheater.
There is no admission charge for the concerts. The concerts are brought to you by Delaware County Council and the generous support of our sponsors (see list below).
What happens if it rains?
There are no rain dates for Summer Festival concerts that are cancelled due to inclement weather. Cancellation decisions are made right up until show time. At that time, there will be a recorded message on the parks phone (610-891-4455) indicating the show is cancelled. Rain in the hours preceding the show does not mean the show will be cancelled. Every effort is made to ensure the safety of the audience. If a thunder storm takes place, the concert will be ended.
All performances begin at 7:30 pm unless otherwise noted.
Thank You to our 2014 Sponsors !

FMFCU

Monarch Staffing
PECO
Tavola

MG&Co
White Horse Village
Wawa
Sound Design
Philadelphia Song Writers
Lions Recycle
Arthur J. Gallagher

Media Rotary
  



Concert Band
If you are a performer who resides in the area and you wish to be considered for
our local concert series, please send your press kit to:
Delaware County Parks and Recreation Department
Attention:  Summer Festival
Government Center Building
201 W. Front St., Media, PA 19063.

Summer Festival