Press Release: Mainstage Titanic – July 29, 30 and August 5, 6

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release
Contact: Lauren Stevenson Yacina
Lauren.Stevenson@verizon.net – 610.506.1355

“Titanic, The Musical,” the Tony Award-winning epic, sets sail at Upper Darby Summer Stage
The Mainstage Broadway-style musical will be presented July 29, 30 and August 5, 6 at Upper Darby Performing Arts Center

Drexel Hill, PA – July 21, 2011 – Commemorating the beginning of the 100th anniversary observance of the sinking of the Titanic, Upper Darby Summer Stage presents “Titanic, The Musical” on July 29, 30, and August 5, 6, winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The Mainstage production takes place at the peak of Summer Stage’s 36th season and is a grand scale, Broadway-style production featuring young adults up to the age of 28.

The performances are presented on July 29, 30 and August 5, 6 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $10-$13 and can be purchased online at www.udpac.org or by calling the box office, 610.622.1189. Visa and Mastercard are accepted. All shows take place at the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center, 601 N. Lansdowne Ave., Drexel Hill, PA. The facility is wheel-chair accessible and offers free parking.
 
Upper Darby Summer Stage’s Mainstage production “Titanic, The Musical” combines the story of one of America’s greatest tragedies with exceptional music, outstanding choreography, impressive scenic design, and exquisite period costuming in a powerfully moving theatrical production.

Grand in scale and featuring an ensemble cast of over seventy performers, the audience is introduced to the real-life individuals who played an integral part in the fateful voyage – the officers, crew and passengers – from all classes. Whether they travelled first class, second class or steerage, all the Titanic passengers stepped on board the massive ship with the hope and desire to accomplish their life’s dreams. As the audience becomes acquainted with the various individuals on board, they gain an intimate insight into human vulnerability in the face of disaster.

The show is directed by Richard Rodgers Award-winner Marcus Stevens. “The thing that really grabs me about the play is it’s not a linear story line. There are impressions. It’s not like the movie where you follow two characters through the whole thing – it’s like little impressionist paintings of ideas of what may have happened – or may not have happened,” says Stevens. “What I like about that is it lends itself to being abstract, and to being like a memory and to feeling dreamlike.”

To enhance the abstract feel and create mystery around a story of which all know the ending, Stevens has added a mystical element to the production in the form of the Moirae from Greek and Roman mythology. The Moirae or “The Three Fates” are essentially spirits played by three women who silently dance throughout the production and seemingly morph into each of the passengers, thereby determining their fates.

The beautiful music throughout is stirring and monumental, and audiences will soon discover why the show won the Tony for Best Original Score (in addition to Best Musical, Best Book, Best Scenic Design, and Best Orchestrations).

A native of Wallingford, Marcus Stevens is a member of Actors’ Equity Association, AFTRA, and the Dramatists Guild and has performed at the Kennedy Center, the Pittsburgh Public Theater, and the Walnut Street Theater and others. Stevens is the recipient of the Richard Rodgers Award for his musical “Red” which was also a finalist in the Eugene O’Neill Festival for New Musicals and for the TAMS New Voices Prize. Stevens wrote the book and lyrics for the children’s musicals, “Eliot and the Magic Bed” and “Yo, Vikings!” both Summer Stage premiere musicals. Stevens was recently selected to participate in prestigious Johnny Mercer Songwriters Project along with “Yo, Vikings!” collaborator Sam Willmott.

Stevens, who created Summer Stage’s magnificent production of Ragtime, is assisted by Rachel Stevens. The Musical Director is Gina Giachero who recently music directed Forbidden Broadway at Walnut Street Theater. Gina collaborates with Eric Thompson, Vocal Coach and Assistant Musical Director. Costume Designer Mary Folino is a professional designer in Philadelphia at the Walnut Street Theatre (The Glass Menagerie), The Prince Theater (Hair) and Lantern Theater (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and Summer Stage’s Millie and West Side Story. The industrial-looking and abstract set is designed by Lindsey Mayer.

Upper Darby Summer Stage’s Mainstage program offers young adults up to the age of 28 the opportunity to collaborate in a professional atmosphere while presenting audiences with top-caliber productions that include state-of-the-art set design, lighting, and professionally designed costumes, complete with live orchestra accompaniment.

The Upper Darby Performing Arts Center is jointly sponsored by the Upper Darby School District Board of School Directors and Upper Darby Township Mayor and Council through the Department of Recreation and Leisure Services.

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