“We have groups that travel all the way from New Jersey, Delaware and out beyond West Chester in Pennsylvania. Also, we get a great deal of groups from Philadelphia.”
– Kari Haffelfinger, Group Sales Manager , Upper Darby Summer Stage
There are dozens of groups – hundreds of children from summer day camps and day schools – that come to see the Children’s Theater shows at Upper Darby Summer Stage.
When it comes to dealing with the various groups, the trick of the trade is efficiency. It can be a challenge to get a group of sixty or more young people from the parking lot and safely situated in their seats before the show begins. Besides booking the groups, Kari oversees the logistics of getting them to their seats, along with the help of the “gushers.” “Gushers,” Kari explains, “are the Summer Stage participants who usher the group participants to their seats. I am very proud of their work. They make my job easier. We couldn’t handle the volume of groups without them!”