Love, marriage, baby .. and a show?

Beauty and the Beast Co-Directors Jeff and Beth Dietzler find love in all the right places!

Co-directors of UDHS's Beauty and the Beast
Co-directors of UDHS’s Beauty and the Beast

Jeff and Beth Dietzler pack a lot into an average workday. Both work full time jobs and, for the past months, they have worked into the evening hours directing Upper Darby High School’s production of Beauty and the Beast (March 1, 2, 8, 9, 10 at Upper Darby Performing Arts Center). Add to that the fact that their 11-month-old son Christopher joins them when they pack up and travel to the theater. It may sound like a whirlwind of a schedule, but this young family wouldn’t have it any other way.

Both Jeff and Beth have a combined passion for theater and take any opportunity they can get to work with and teach young people in the theater environment. “No matter what, we will always make time for educational theater,” said Beth. “Theater is the core of our relationship. It’s who we are. In fact, we met while performing.” Jeff and Beth met while studying theater at DeSales University.

Jeff is alumnus of Upper Darby High School and both have been active in the Upper Darby Summer Stage program for many years.

Anyone who has been married and raised a family knows how stressful life can be when trying to run a household, raise kids, and keep on a family budget. But Jeff and Beth tackle their directing tasks with grace, and they welcome spending quality the time together in the theater…albeit accompanied by over 80 student performers!

“We compliment one another really well. He’s the calm one and I’m the stressor when it comes to our day to day family life,” said Beth. “When it comes to our directing skills our roles reverse a bit but we’re really good at departmentalizing. He sees the big picture and I’m detail oriented. No matter what the situation we have always worked well together.”

Christopher has been a welcome addition to rehearsals as the student actors look forward to seeing him and spending time with him. Christopher enjoys the interaction with the students, and spending time at the theater has been a wonderful way for him to develop by watching the dancing, seeing the lights, and interacting with the students. “We’re never at a loss for baby sitting volunteers,” added Beth.

To add to the family affair, Jeff’s brother Kevin Dietzler is choreographing the show along with his fiancée Abby Shunskis.

In this fast-paced world of balancing work and family life, Jeff and Beth Dietzler have found the key to making it all work. They are the lucky ones who have been able to add a musical score and thunderous applause to the soundtrack of their lives.

Performance details:
Upper Darby High School proudly presents:
Beauty and the Beast
March 1, 2, 8, 9, 10
Upper Darby Performing Arts Center
Tickets: $9 – $11
www.udpac.org or call: 610.622.1189

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