“Camp Rock” Press Release

Press Release

For Immediate Release
Contact:  Lauren Stevenson Yacina, Upper Darby Summer Stage
610.506.1355 – Lauren.Stevenson@verizon.net

Disney’s “Camp Rock, The Musical” kicks off the 36th season of Upper Darby Summer Stage!

The first of six Children’s Theater musicals will be presented July 6, 7, 8 at Upper Darby Performing Arts Center

DREXEL HILL, PA (June 24, 2011)  – Upper Darby Summer Stage opens its 36th season with the brand new stage show, Disney’s “Camp Rock, The Musical.” The musical is the stage adaptation of the “Camp Rock” movies that premiered on the Disney Channel, featuring songs and characters from the 2008 and 2010 movies and a story based on “Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam.”

The four performances take place at 10:30 am on July 6, 7, 8 and at 7:30 pm on July 7.  Tickets are $6 through $9 and may be purchased online at www.udpac.org or by calling the Box Office, 610.622.1189. The shows are performed at the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center, 601 N. Lansdowne Avenue, Drexel Hill, PA. Each performance is approximately one hour in length and appropriate for children four and up.

Audience members will be transported to summer camp at Camp Rock – the ultimate camp for aspiring musicians.  “Family members of all ages will enjoy the feel-good, high energy, fast-paced Disney production that’s like a rock show!” says director Brian Dietzler of Upper Darby.  “There is a song every two minutes and the music is really contagious, so the audience is certain to have a great time.” There are over a dozen songs featured in the show including “This Is Me,” “Can’t Back Down,” “It’s On,” and “We Rock.”

When Camp Rock opens for the summer Mitchie Torres (Cameryn Richards of Havertown) arrives and greets her friends from last summer. Everyone is welcomed by Camp Rock’s founder, Brown Cesario (Dan Luner of Drexel Hill). When Mitchie starts off Opening Jam she is joined by Connect 3 front man Shane Gray (Tim Wright of Upper Darby) along with his brothers, Nate (Paul O’Neill of Havertown) and Jason (Andrew Perricone of Wallingford). In spotlight-absorbing fashion, Tess Tyler (Melanie Weir of Drexel Hill). takes the stage.

This summer at camp is supposed to be all about the music and having the time of their lives. But Brown’s rival and former band mate Axel Turner (Kevin Gane of Aston) invites campers to visit the brand new, flashy Camp Star across the lake which now threatens Camp Rock’s very existence. To keep the doors open, Mitchie steps up, rallies her fellow Camp Rockers, and gets them into top shape for the ultimate showdown!

Director Brian Dietzler –  who is a music teacher and choral and theater director at Sun Valley High School – will be assisted by  Musical Director Daniel Matarazzo of Glenolden, PA.  Creating the fast-paced and catchy movements throughout the show is Choreographer Kevin Dietzler of Upper Darby who teaches computer science at St. Joseph’s Preparatory School in Philadelphia. Katherine Fritz of Philadelphia, a professional designer, is the Costume Designer. Adam Riggar of Lansdowne is directing the outdoorsy set.

The mission of Upper Darby Summer Stage is to encourage young people to develop the magic of their talents, personality and energy and to share that magic with our audiences through outstanding theatrical performances for the entire family.

The Upper Darby Performing Arts Center and Upper Darby Summer Stage are 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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