Press Release – 5/23/2012

Upper Darby Performing Arts Center announces the 37th Season of Upper Darby Summer Stage!

Tickets go on sale May 30, 2012

May 23, 2012 – Drexel Hill, PA – Upper Darby Performing Arts Center announces the 37th Season of Upper Darby Summer Stage. Tickets for the family-oriented musical theater series go on sale May 30, 2012.  The series includes six one-hour Children’s Theater musicals and the Mainstage production, “Hairspray.” Performances begin on July 11 and take place at Upper Darby Performing Arts Center.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.udpac.org or by calling the box office at 610.622.1189. The Upper Darby Performing Arts Center is located at 601 N. Lansdowne Avenue in Drexel Hill, PA. The air conditioned, stadium-style theater offers wheel-chair access and free parking.

The 2012 Upper Darby Summer Stage season includes six Children’s Theater shows: “Dora the Explorer Live!,” based on Nickelodeon’s pre-school gem; “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,” the Broadway musical version of the classic American novel; “Seussical, Jr.,” based on Dr. Seuss’s time-honored favorite, “Horton Hears a Who;” “Annie, Jr.,” an hour-long version of one of America’s most beloved musicals; “How I Became a Pirate,” a brand-new musical based on the popular book; and “A Disney Spectacular!,” a musical extravaganza featuring Disney’s most popular princesses, heroes, and villains. Specific dates and show times can be found online at www.udpac.org.

The Children’s Theater performances are musicals that are 60 to 75 minutes in length and geared toward children four, five and six years old and up, depending on the show. Tickets for the Children’s Theater shows are affordably priced from $6 – $9 with a membership discount of $1 off each ticket. Ticket-holders are encouraged to come early to enjoy pre-show activities and stay after the show for autographs and photographs with cast members.

The Mainstage show is the Broadway smash hit, “Hairspray” and is professionally directed and choreographed, featuring professionally designed costumes, set and technical design, and 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 theater-goers because of the high-caliber talent and production value.

Hairspray” won eight Tony Awards including Best Musical and Best Original Score. It received rave reviews when it premiered on Broadway in 2002 and is an exuberant tribute to the 1960s era with catchy tunes and compelling story-line.

The Mainstage production is directed by professional playwright and actor Marcus Stevens, director of the 2007 season production of “Ragtime” and last year’s “Titanic, the Musical,” called “the best show I’ve seen all year” by the Life Editor of the News of Delaware County.

Hairspray” is presented on August 3, 4, 10 and 11 at 7:30pm with a matinee on August 11 at 1:30pm.  Tickets are $10 – $13. Members receive $1 discount.

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.

A record 700 plus registrants from throughout the Delaware Valley will participate in the program which has become 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 four 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.

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