Triple Pirouette Sara Mingle: Dancer, Choreographer, Leader

Elliot is “Letting his mom know that she doesn’t have to think about work all the time. That he is there too and she can just be a kid again and play with him.”

Sara Mingle is the choreographer for “Elliot and the Magic Bed”, the next fabulous show to hit Upper Darby’s stage this summer. According to Sara, “A choreographer takes the story line and adds movement to it. It creates a bigger picture than when two actors are just talking to each other.” Her favorite part of the job is “Just meeting all the kids. The kids that do this program really love to be here and I love seeing how excited they can get over things.”

Sara has been choreographing for the past six years and she started her Summer Stage staff career with the cast of Rising Stars. However the Rising Stars were not Sara’s first experience with Summer Stage. She herself went through the program, starting Apprentices in 1999. Interesting side note, this means that Sara has been around for every single production of “Elliot.”

Here Sara Mingle is teaching the 2013 "Wonka" cast in the Little Theatre.
Here Sara Mingle is teaching the 2013 “Wonka” cast in the Little Theatre.

“Elliot and the Magic Bed” is the story of a boy named Elliot, his mother, and their adventures on a magical bed. This Summer Stage classic was written and composed by two Summer Stage alumni, Marcus Stevens and Brian Lowdermilk. For the parents in the audience, Sara notes that Elliot is “Letting his mom know that she doesn’t have to think about work all the time. That he is there too and she can just be a kid again and play with him.”

“I’m the biggest nerd in the world. In 8th grade I went to the National Spelling Bee. I was one of those kids.”

Sara could not be more involved with dance at Summer Stage if she tried. Once her days of Children’s Theater ends, Sara moved to Dance Troupe, and finally onto Mainstage.  She is the dance captain for “Shrek, The Musical”. In addition, she is a dancer in all of the “Shrek” dance ensembles, including the Rat Tappers, the Duloc Dancers and the Skeletons.  Speaking from personal experience, it is exhausting just to watch her.

Sara has been at Summer Stage for quite a few years (16 to be precise), yet this choreographer still has a secret or two up her sleeve. Sara is a self-proclaimed geek. Sara said, “I’m the biggest nerd in the world. In 8th grade I went to the National Spelling Bee. I was one of those kids.”

During the school year Sara does freelance choreography with local schools. This past year she worked with Drexel Hill Middle School and The Baldwin School on their spring shows.  In the fall she hopes to work with a Baldwin teacher and help teach a course.

When asked where she hopes to see herself in a few years, Sara put it simply. She does not aspire to go to New York City and do Broadway choreography. Rather she would prefer to stay local and nurse her love of community theater.

Sara Mingle

“I just really love it because people who do it really want to do it. They’re not doing it to get another few hours to put on their equity card. They are just doing what they love to do.”

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