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 www.udpac.org 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 www.udpac.org.
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.