Thursday, May 30, 2013

Summer Begins at Upper Darby Summer Stage!

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Summer Begins at UD Summer Stage!
Upcoming Events Before Summer Stage begins...

Summer Stage Alumni share their talent...
June 8, 7:30 pm

Join us to celebrate a sampling of the talent produced by Upper Darby Summer Stage!

A portion of the proceeds support UD Summer Stage!
Chris S.
Join Christopher Sapienza as he steps back on the stage where it all began! Chris returns to UDPAC with stories and songs from his one-man show ON MY WAY BACK.
Krissy newJoining Chris is special guest Krissy Fraelich, SS alum! Krissy has been a professional actress for over 25 years. She was last seen as Diana in NEXT TO NORMAL at the Arden Theater.

More Summer Stage Alumni to perform! 
A few of the  cast members who performed in the recent "A Game of Black & White: The Tale of Oceanic 815" will perform!

John Hoey on drums with several other outstanding musicians!

$20 General
$10 Students

CLICK HERE to order Tickets!
Tickets also available at the door prior to performance!

Announcing "T's Kids!"
A Summer Stage scholarship program for teens in foster care
Terrance Calvert - Rosetree
In memory of Terrance Calvert!

"I can't think of a better way to remember Terrance than to offer others the opportunity to participate in the program he loved," said Tristan Horan, Summer Stage participant who is organizing the program.

The public is encouraged to contact Tristan, no later than June 10, if they are aware of a teen in foster care that would 
 benefit from the Upper Darby Summer Stage program. Tristan may be reached at 
610.675.4424 or

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CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS and learn more about the shows, dates and times. 
Or call the Box Office: 610.622.1189.
(Also, more info on the shows below...)

MAINSTAGE at Summer Stage!  "Make it a Date!"
Fiddler LogoLooking for a fun "Date Night?" Or a "Girls Night Out?" The Summer Stage Mainstage production isn't just for kids! 

Anyone - and everyone - who appreciates live theater will enjoy the Summer Stage Mainstage production! 

Mainstage shows at Summer Stage are well-known for their professional quality - in fact, everything about our annual Mainstage shows are top-notch: professional directors, costume designers, professional lighting and more - and featuring a cast of young adults up to the age of 28, many gearing up for careers on the stage! And don't forget the live orchestra!

This summer we are proud to present,
Fiddler on the Roof, winner of 9 Tony Awards including Best Musical!

August 2, 3, 9, 10 at 7:30 pm
August 10 at 1:30 pm
Tickets: $10 - $13 (Children 12 and under, $1 off)

CLICK HERE for tickets or call the Box Office: 610.622.1189

Children's Musicals! 

Schedule a weekly Play-Date (truly!!) every week this summer with friends! FREE baby-sitting for the little ones, fun stuff to do BEFORE the show, and MEET your favorite cast-members after the show! 

Do you like to read? Well then, this season line-up is for you! Join us as we bring many of your favorite books to life on the stage!
Flat Stanley Jr.
 July 10, 11, 12 at 
10:30am & July 11 at 
My Son Pinocchio, Jr.

July 17, 18, 19 at 
10:30am & July 18 at 
Little Mermaid Logo
July 23,24,25,26 at 
10:30am & July 25 at 
Freckleface Strawberry
July 31, August 1,2  
at 10:30am & 
August 1 at 7:30pm
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August 7 8, 9 at 
10:30am & August 8 at 7:30pm
Willy Wonka Jr

August 14, 15, 16 at 
10:30am & August 15 
at 7:30pm

Tickets for all Children's Theater Musicals: $6-$9, priced the whole family to enjoy! 

*Note: We've added an ADDITIONAL morning show of Little Mermaid on Tuesday, July 23rd!

CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS or call the Box Office: 610.622.1189

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601 N. Lansdowne Avenue
Drexel Hill, PA  19026
610.622.1189, Box Office

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Tickets on sale May 30 for 38th season of Upper Darby Summer Stage!

Press Release
For Immediate Release
Contact: Lauren Stevenson Yacina
Upper Darby Performing Arts Center, 610.506.1355

Tickets on sale May 30 for 38th season of Upper Darby Summer Stage!
One of the most successful youth theater programs in the country announces family-friendly line-up

May 23, 2013 – Drexel Hill, PA – Tickets for the 38th season of Upper Darby Summer Stage go on sale May 30!  The family-oriented musical theater series has been a Delaware Valley summer tradition since 1976.  

The series includes six one-hour Children’s Theater musicals, and “Fiddler on the Roof” the Mainstage production, appropriate for theatergoers of all ages. Performances begin on July 10 and take place at Upper Darby Performing Arts Center, 601 N. Lansdowne Avenue, Drexel Hill, PA. The air conditioned, stadium-style theater offers wheel-chair access and free parking. Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling the box office at 610.622.1189.

The 2013 Upper Darby Summer Stage season includes six Children’s Theater shows, all based on popular children’s books: “The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley, Jr.!,” the book for which countless children have reported about the travel adventures of Stanley Lampchop; Disney’s “My Son Pinocchio, Jr.,” the new musical by the composer of “Wicked;” Disney’s “Little Mermaid, Jr.” the magical adventure under the sea; “Freckleface Strawberry,” based on the best-selling book by actress Julianne Moore; “A Year with Frog and Toad,” featuring the well-loved characters from Arnold Lobel’s  children’s book series; and Roald Dahl’s “Willy Wonka, Jr.,” featuring songs from the classic film “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.” Performances begin on July 10 and run every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday through August 16. Specific dates and show times can be found online at

The Children’s Theater performances are musicals 70 minutes in length, without intermission, and are geared toward children four and up. Tickets for the Children’s Theater shows are affordably priced for the entire family to enjoy, from $6 - $9. Ticket-holders are encouraged to come early to enjoy pre-show activities and stay after the show for autographs and photographs with cast members. Free baby-sitting is available for younger family members.

The Mainstage show is the beloved, “Fiddler on the Roof” and is professionally directed and choreographed, featuring professionally designed costumes, set and technical design, with professional musicians in the live orchestra pit. Young adults, up to the age of 28, make up the cast and the Mainstage production appeals to serious musical theatergoers because of the high-caliber talent and production value.

The Mainstage production is directed by professional playwright and actor Marcus Stevens, who was recently featured in the New York Broadway community’s favorite, “Forbidden Broadway.” Stevens directed the 2007 Summer Stage season production of “Ragtime,”  the 2011 season’s “Titanic, the Musical,” called “the best show I’ve seen all year” by the News of Delaware County, and the sell-out “Hairspray,” the 2012 Mainstage production.

“Fiddler on the Roof” is presented on August 2, 3, 9 and 10 at 7:30pm with a matinee on August 10 at 1:30pm.  Tickets are $10 - $13.

The New York Daily News proclaimed “Fiddler on the Roof…a universal story of hope, love, and acceptance, a stunning, joyful, and jubilant musical masterpiece.”  Winner of nine Tony Awards including Best Musical, this Mainstage show is a production musical theater-lovers won’t want to miss.

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 will 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.  The program 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.


2013 Upper Darby Recreation Summer Ticket Sales Program

Upper Darby Recreation & Community Services, 1072 Pontiac Road, Drexel Hill, PA 19026

ADVENTURE AQUARIUM – Camden, NJ (1-856-365-3300)
Adult (13 yrs. & older)
Child (2 – 12.)
CLEMENTON PARK, NJ (1-856-783-0263)
Rides/Water Park (48” & Taller)
Adult Combo (48” & taller)
Jr./Sr. (3+years under 48” or 62+yrs)
Ages 2 & under free
DUTCH WONDERLAND (1-717-291-1888)
Regular (3-59 years) (Sr. tickets available at park only)
Adult (9-54 yrs) Ages 2 & under free
Child (3-8yrs) /Sr. (55-69yrs)
Early* Season (Adult)
Early* Season (Child)
*"Early” valid Sundays-Fridays only 5/3-6/28
KNOEBELS AMUSEMENT PARK – Elysburg, PA (1-800-487-4368)
Weekday Regular (48” & taller)
Weekday Child (under 48”)
*Tickets valid Monday – Friday only 6/10/13 – 8/30/13
(Ticket may be upgraded to include Roller Coaster at the park only for $7.50(adult) or $5.50 (child).
MOREY’S PIER – Wildwood, NJ (1-609-522-3900)
Adult Combo (48” & Taller)
Child Combo (Under 48”)
Water Park Only (All day, Ages 2 -65)
Rides Only – Adult (48” & Taller)
* Combo valid for full day amusement & full day water park pass. These tickets never expire & may be used on different days. Seniors over 65 & children under 2 free at water park only. *

PA RENAISSANCE FAIRE (1-717-665-7021)
Adult (12 yrs. & older)
Child (5 – 11 yrs)
*Tickets valid for Celtic Fling 6/22 – 6/23
or Renaissance Faire 8/3 – 10/27.
PHILADELPHIA ZOO (215-243-1100)
General Admission (2 yrs & Older)
**Ages 2 & under FREE
Can be used at Regal, Edwards & United Artist Theatre’s.
SESAME PLACE (1-215-752-7070)
General (24 months & older)
**Ages 2 & under FREE

SIX FLAGS/GREAT ADVENTURE – Jackson, NJ (1-732-928-1821)
Theme Park (3 yrs & older)
Water Park Only
Ages 2 & under FREE
SPLASH ZONE – Wildwood, NJ (1-609-729-5600)
Ages 3 – 64 (4 hour ticket)


8:30 – 4:30 PM**
FRIDAYS – 8:30 AM – 7:00PM (MAY 18 – AUGUST 24)
**Our office will be closed May 27 & July 4th
2013 Upper Darby Recreation Summer Ticket Sales Program
Upper Darby Recreation & Community Services, 1072 Pontiac Road, Drexel Hill, PA 19026

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Upper Darby Summer Stage offers Scholarships to local Foster Children in Memory of Summer Stage Participant

Press Release For Immediate Release 
Contact: Lauren Stevenson Yacina
Upper Darby Performing Arts Center 610.506.1355 

Upper Darby Summer Stage offers Scholarships to local Foster Children in Memory of Summer Stage Participant

May 11, 2013 – Drexel Hill, PA – On the one-year anniversary of the death of Terrance Calvert, a long-term Summer Stage participant and staff member, Upper Darby Summer Stage announces a scholarship program for teens in foster care.

Upper Darby Summer Stage begins its 38th season this summer and has become one of the nation’s oldest and most successful youth theater programs. Over 700 young people from throughout the Delaware Valley participate in the program each summer learning theater skills and more. From the staff to the students, the Upper Darby Summer Stage community is made up of kind and talented individuals that are driven by fervor for musical theater and a natural inclination to help others.

Tristan Horan, a senior at Haverford High School and active Summer Stage participant, is organizing the Summer Stage Foster Child Program, entitled T’s Kids Scholarship Program, in memory of his friend Terrance Calvert. “I can’t think of a better way to remember Terrance than to offer others the opportunity to participate in the program he loved,” said Tristan.

The public is encouraged to contact Tristan if they are aware of a teen in foster care that would benefit from the Upper Darby Summer Stage program. Tristan may be reached at 610.675.4424 or 

Terrance Calvert was an active member in the Upper Darby Summer Stage community. He was a living example of how the Summer Stage community cannot only support and nurture artistic talents but also provide a loving and supporting environment for children. Terrance was placed into foster care at a very young age. Like many children in foster care, he faced many challenges. His life changed when he discovered Upper Darby Summer Stage.

Starting out as a student in the children’s theater program, Terrance displayed immense talent, an extraordinarily loving personality, and an inspiring passion for helping others. Terrance eventually became a staff member, sharing his passion for musical theater as a choreographer in the Children’s Theater program. Terrance was diagnosed with Renal Cell Carcinoma, kidney cancer, in 2011. The Summer Stage family was with Terrance every step of the way. During the summer of 2012, Terrance showed great courage by continuing to support the Upper Darby Summer Stage program despite experiencing the physical toll that cancer was taking on his body.

Terrance’s soul and spirit refused to stop his mission to give back. In his last months, Terrance spoke about his love for his friends, his family, the arts, and the Upper Darby Summer Stage community.


Friday, May 3, 2013

circletime @ NRpark
“Family Circle Time @ Naylor’s Run Park” begins on Thursday, May 16, 2013 from 6:30 to 7:30 PM.

“iheartupperdarby” is a community organization that highlights events in the Upper Darby area.  The organization began in 2010 to focus on building a strong community centering on family, young professionals, and Upper Darby nightlife.
Family Circle Time @ Naylor’s Run Park will be a weekly program Thursday evenings in the month of May.  Each week children age 3 to 7 will hear a story, sing songs, and participate in a non-material circle time.  Schools and organizations are welcome to attend, and volunteers are encouraged.

Family Circle Time is open to everyone.

Visit the iheartupperdarby blog at iheartupperdarby

Let The Magic Begin

A little gem is located at 601 North Lansdowne Avenue in Drexel Hill.

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The Upper Darby Performing Arts Center (UDPAC) has been delighting families in Upper Darby Township for 37 years.  Each year, more than 50,000 people travel from all over the Delaware Valley to attend any of the 80 plus performances.

The UDPAC seats 1,650 in a state of the art performance facility.  Performances sell quickly and are a delight for all who attend.

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The Children's Theater Show line up is as follows:
Flat Stanley Logo
My Son Pinocchio, Jr.
Little Mermaid Logo
The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley, Jr.
July 10, 11, 12
Disney's My Son Pinocchio, Jr.
July 17, 18, 19
Disney's The Little Mermaid, Jr.
July 23, 24, 25, 26

Freckleface Strawberry
Frog and Toad Logo
Willy Wonka Jr
Freckleface Strawberry, The Musical
July 31, August 1, 2
A Year with Frog and Toad
August 7, 8, 9
Willie Wonka, Jr.

August 14, 15, 16
Tickets for the Children's Theater performances range from $6 - $9.

The Main Stage Production will be Fiddler on the Roof, with ticket prices ranging from $10 - $13.

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Questions? Call the Box Office at 610-622-1189 or visit them online at