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Five Minutes with Mary Leigh Filippone, director of “Annie, Jr.”

So everybody’s building together… it’s not just “Annie”[that] is my priority, Summer Stage is my priority. -Mary Leigh Filippone     This week we were able to sit down for a short lunch with Mary Leigh Filippone, the director of “Annie, Jr.” on preparation for her show, Summer Stage, and wise words on theatre in general. Transcribed by: Ryan Heidig Brenna Dinon: How did you find your way to Summer Stage?  Mary Leigh Filippone:  I found my way to Summer Stage via Rob Henry in 2005. When they were doing “42nd Street” I decided I wanted to audition, because it

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Handsome golden retriever Reggie has a new “leash on life”

  Pretty pooch makes his debut as Sandy in “Annie, Jr.” As a member of the Bookstaver pack, Reggie has always enjoyed the easy life of a dog, filling his days with fetching, eating, and sleeping. But now that he’s taking on the role of Sandy, not only is he learning his stage cues, but he’s bringing lots of joy to the young cast and production team at Upper Darby Summer Stage. Reggie will take center stage along with Anna Rudegeair of Ardmore  who plays Annie, as Upper Darby Summer Stage presents “Annie, Jr.” on August 1, 2, 3. The

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“Annie, Jr.” Pre-Show Photos

Click any of the links below to view a gallery of photos from the day you attended! Thursday Morning – 8/2/12 Click Here for Photos! Friday Morning – 8/3/12 Click Here for Photos!

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5 Minutes with Dawn Morningstar, Director of “Seussical, Jr.”

“The production team, we sort of have each other’s backs in a way, and are sort of filling in holes that other people don’t have, so it’s a really nice combination of people. And the kids are doing that too, which is neat. So, I think it’s filtering down or maybe it’s filtering up. It’s hard to tell. They’re [the kids] are…really thinking about the show, and coming in with stuff and asking questions, and that’s really cool.” – Dawn Morningstar Brenna Dinon: How do you feel working with the cast and is this different from casts in the past

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Three Minutes with Rachel Stevens, director of “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer”

  I want to challenge myself in an environment where I feel free to experiment with design and that is kind of my goal this summer… – Rachel Stevens   We were able to sit down with the director of “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,” Rachel Stevens, who shared her thoughts and vision on the upcoming production  and the creative process taken to bring this show to the Upper Darby Summer Stage stage! Ryan Heidig/Lauren Stevenson Yacina: What is your insight/vision for the show?  Rachel Stevens:  We are actually doing something different with it! So the way the original book is

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