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Mainstage Revisited: A Look Back at our Favorite Productions

Life-long Summer Stager Jackie Serratore took up the task of writing a guest article for the Summer Stage Blog; reviewing Mainstage shows from the past 20 years! Take a look at what the Summer Stage Community had to say when asked a very difficult question… “State your name, how many years you’ve been a part of Summer Stage, and a tradition that you have with your family?” These were the questions presented to the Mainstage cast of Fiddler on the Roof by directors Marcus Stevens and Rachel Stevens. After hearing proud statements from the cast, I began to reflect on

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Directors Marcus and Rachel Stevens have worked on “Fiddler on the Roof” since January.

Third and final in a series. Marcus and Rachel Stevens, directors of the Mainstage production “Fiddler on the Roof,” talk about the amount of work that goes into directing a show, how the two work together, and how they are applying their New York city theatrical experiences. How much work goes into putting a production like “Fiddler” together? MS: We started working on this in January!  And every night after the show, every night before the show, we have a meeting.  There’s so much work outside of rehearsal that a director has to do. RS: It’s a lot of work!

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“Freckleface Strawberry, The Musical” skips into Upper Darby Summer Stage, July 31-August 2!

July 19, 2013 – Drexel Hill, PA. Upper Darby Summer Stage presents “Freckleface Strawberry, The Musical” hailed by CBS as “one of the best seven shows to see in NYC!” Summer Stage is proud to bring it to Delaware County for kids of all ages to enjoy! Performances are on July 31, August 1 and 2 at 10:30am and on August 1 at 7:30pm. The show is approximately 70 minutes and is ideal for ages 4 and up. Tickets are $6-$9 and may be purchased at the Box Office, by calling 610.622.1189 or online at www.udpac.org. The Upper Darby Performing

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Fiddler On The Roof: From “Old School” Musical, to new personal favorite

When I first heard that this year’s Mainstage show was going to be “Fiddler On The Roof,” the first couple of words that came to my head were old school, stale and dated. After seeing the designer run of the show a few nights ago, my perspective on the show has taken a 180-degree turn for the better. I was introduced to “Fiddler” in seventh grade when the school librarian suggested I read it after working on stage crew for the school musical.  I could barely read the names (I thought Tzeitel was pronounced “Titz-zell”, like pizzelle).  Overall, I enjoyed

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“I think audiences will be surprised by this is one. This is one that Summer Stage will do again.” – “Freckleface Strawberry” Choreographer, Kevin Dietzler

Growing up, “Freckleface Strawberry” Music Director Jackie Serratore lived across the street from Choreographer, Kevin Dietzler. Both went through the Summer Stage program and have been on staff for several years.  With a show that has so much great music, the two have worked closely with one another and with the cast to fine-tune voices and movement. It’s been gratifying for both to collaborate with one another and with Director, Mary Leigh Filippone. “Freckleface Stawberry” on July 31, August 1 and August 2 at 10:30 am and August 1 at 7:30 pm! CLICK HERE to learn more! Tell us about

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“I think theater is an experience like no other. You go on this journey with the actors and come out on the other side. I want that connection to happen.”

Dawn Morningstar, Director and Choreographer of “Little Mermaid, Jr.” was able to sit back and enjoy the show as the cast members performed their first show this morning. It was a fulfilling experience after about four and a half weeks of hard work, mixed with a lot of fun and creativity. With the first sold-out show under their belts, the cast is excited to perform four more sell-out shows this week. One of the veteran directors of Upper Darby Summer Stage, Dawn’s productions are filled with visuals and lots of movement as she creates with a dancer’s eye. Several months

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“Joyous.” “Gutsy.” “Epic” – Three words Marcus and Rachel Stevens use to describe “Fiddler.” Plus, why they think “Downton Abbey” is just like “Fiddler!”

Second in a Series. Click here to view a video interview with Marcus and Rachel Stevens who discuss the quality of Mainstage productions at Upper Darby Summer Stage. When we sat down with Marcus and Rachel Stevens to discuss “Fiddler on the Roof,” we learned more about the production…and observed how Marcus and Rachel complete each other’s sentences! What is someone going to experience when they come to the Mainstage production, “Fiddler on the Roof?” MS: They are going to see a professional-style show. They are going to see something that is just like going to see something in New York

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Mainstage at Upper Darby Summer Stage proudly presents “Fiddler on the Roof!”

The professional caliber musical is a fresh and innovative approach to the classic, August 2, 3, 9 and 10 at Upper Darby Performing Arts Center Drexel Hill, PA – July 19, 2013 – The crown jewel of the 38th season of Upper Darby Summer Stage is the Mainstage production, “Fiddler on the Roof, ” proudly presented on August 2, 3, 9, 10 at Upper Darby Performing Arts Center. Directed by New York City professionals and performed by young adults up to the age of 28 and accompanied by full orchestra, the production is a fresh and innovative approach to the classic. 

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“My Summer Stage Story” – Anthony Paparo

  Everyone has his or her own “Summer Stage Story.” Whether you are an alumnus, a staff member, a parent, or a participant, Summer Stage has played an important part in all of our lives. Throughout the summer we’ll be asking people to share their Summer Stage stories with us. This is the first in a series. Recently we sat down with Anthony Paparo, who will enter his senior year at Upper Darby High School this fall. Anthony has been involved in Summer Stage since 2007 and “was hooked since day one.” When he was younger, he had the choice

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“My Son Pinocchio, Jr.” offers lessons for both young and old

  Marketing intern Matt Lantieri sat down with “My Son Pinocchio, Jr.” director Rachel Stevens to discuss the production, the cast members, and how this version of “Pinocchio” offers lessons both young and old can relate to. Matt Lantieri: So what are you most proud of so far during the rehearsal process? Rachel Stevens: I am most proud of the fact that we have a very difficult score and a very difficult book. Stephen Schwartz wrote it – who wrote Wicked – and so the lyrics are really complicated, everything is really fast; there are a lot of pattern songs.

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