Mainstage at Upper Darby Summer Stage proudly presents, “Shrek The Musical!”

For Immediate Release

The Broadway-style musical is a fresh, innovative approach to the Dreamworks film –
August 1, 2, 8 and 9 at Upper Darby Performing Arts Center

July 19, 2014 – Drexel Hill, PA. The crown jewel of the 39th season of Upper Darby Summer Stage is its Mainstage production, “Shrek The Musical,” proudly presented on August 1, 2, 8 and 9 at the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center.  The production is a fresh and innovative approach to the classic Dreamworks film featuring a terrific score of 19 all-new songs, big laughs and great dancing.  WWOR-TV says “Shrek The Musical” is “Far, far and away the funniest new musical on Broadway!”The Mainstage production is on-par with local professional productions and will appeal to all who appreciate exceptional musical theater performances.

(From left to right): Chris Monaco of Wallingford as Lord Farquaad, Devon Fields of Upper Darby as Donkey, Patrick Walsh of Aldan as Shrek and Meghan Dietzler of Upper Darby as Princess Fiona prepare for their performances in "Shrek The Musical!” August 1–9 at UD Summer  Stage. // Photo By:  Cate R. Paxson
(From left to right): Chris Monaco of Wallingford as Lord Farquaad, Devon Fields of Upper Darby as Donkey, Patrick Walsh of Aldan as Shrek and Meghan Dietzler of Upper Darby as Princess Fiona prepare for their performances in “Shrek The Musical!” at UD Summer Stage.          // Photo By: Cate R. Paxson

Performances will take place on August 1, 2, 8, and 9 at 7:30 pm with a matinee performance on August 9 at 1:30 pm. Tickets are $12 – $15 and may be purchased online at www.udpac.org or by calling the Box Office: 610.622.1189. All shows take place at the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center, 601 N. Lansdowne Ave., Drexel Hill, PA. The facility is wheelchair accessible and parking is free.

Upper Darby Summer Stage’s Mainstage program offers young adults up to the age of 28 the opportunity to collaborate in a professional atmosphere while presenting audiences with top-notch productions that include professional level sets, lighting, costumes and are accompanied by a live orchestra. “Stage Magazine” noted that “One of the things you can depend on with the Upper Darby Summer Stage (UDSS) productions is amazing production values.”

“Shrek” is the story of an ogre (Patrick Walsh of Aldan) who lives in a swamp, alone, and likes it. One day his home is overrun with fairytale creatures, banished there by Lord Farquaad (Chris Monaco of Wallingford).  They plead with Shrek to help them return to their homes in Duloc. He complies and on his journey, Shrek encounters a talking Donkey (Devon Fields of Upper Darby) who escorts him to Duloc. Once there, Shrek makes a deal with Farquaad to rescue a princess – in return, Shrek will get his swamp back. Together Shrek and Donkey rescue Princess Fiona (Meghan Dietzler of Upper Darby) from a fire-breathing dragon (Ali Caiazzo of Havertown). As they all journey back to Duloc, we discover the princess has a secret.

Director Dawn Morningstar is a 20+ year veteran of Summer Stage and is involved with many other regional theaters including City Theater Company, Mazeppa Productions and Theatre Horizon. Last year she directed and choreographed the Summer Stage premiere of “The Little Mermaid.” Morningstar holds a BFA in Dance and an MA in Dance Movement Therapy.  She is a licensed professional counselor and an assistant clinical professor at Drexel University.

Morningstar said, “’Shrek’ is a fractured fairy tale, in which characters do not always appear as you think they might. It is about looking at what is on the inside of a person and not always judging a book by its cover. Overall, ‘Shrek’ is a celebration of friendship and finding love in the most unusual places. “

The Upper Darby Performing Arts Center is jointly sponsored by the Upper Darby School District Board of School Directors and Upper Darby Township Mayor and Council through the Department of Recreation and Leisure Services.

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Contact:

Lauren Stevenson Yacina

610.506.1355 • lauren.Stevenson@verizon.net

Dan Luner

610.945.8428 • dluner13@gmail.com

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