**FINAL MEDIA ALERT** Select tickets still available: Tina Fey returns to Upper Darby Performing Arts Center for a Benefit – August 16 at 7:30 pm

For Immediate Release

Contact: Lauren Stevenson Yacina – 610.506.1355 – lauren.stevenson@verizon.net

Select tickets are still available from $40 – $100. Tickets available online or at the door, one hour before event.

Tina Fey HeadshotAugust 15, 2014 – Drexel Hill, PA – Philadelphia’s favorite hometown girl – actress, writer, producer and Upper Darby High School and Upper Darby Summer Stage alumna, Tina Fey – returns to Upper Darby Performing Arts Center for a benefit for the venue. A screening of the movie “Mean Girls” (10th anniversary) will be followed by a Q&A session with Ms. Fey on August 16, 2014 at 7:30 pm.

Proceeds from ticket sales benefit for a new sound system for the 40-year-old Upper Darby Performing Arts Center are $40 – $100 and are still available leading up to the event on August 16. Tickets will also be available at the door one hour prior to the event which starts at 7:30 pm. Tickets are tax deductible. Tickets may be purchased online: www.udpac.org or at the box office one hour prior to the event. The box office phone number is 610.622.1189.

Before there was “Second City,” “Saturday Night Live,” “Mean Girls” and “30 Rock,” Ms. Fey acted and directed shows on the stage at Upper Darby Performing Arts Center. The summer program at the performing arts center, Upper Darby Summer Stage, is one of the nation’s longest running and most successful Children’s Theater programs and a valuable community asset. Upper Darby Summer Stage kicks-off its 40th season on August 16 with the benefit hosted by Ms. Fey. Summer Stage was recently named one of the eight best-known summer theater programs for young performers in the nation by Backstage.com.

Proceeds from the “Mean Girls” movie screening followed by the appearance of Ms. Fey will support the purchase of a new sound system for the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center, an investment of approximately $300,000.

Tickets for the event include a 10th anniversary screening of “Mean Girls,” loosely based on Tina Fey’s experience at Upper Darby High School. The screening will be projected onto three large screens, strategically positioned for maximum viewing from all seats. The movie will be followed by a question-and-answer session with Tina. TV Guide Magazine Senior Writer and Summer Stage alum Damian Holbrook will moderate the Q & A.

The Upper Darby Performing Arts Center is located at 601 N. Lansdowne Avenue, Drexel Hill, PA 19026. Tickets for the exclusive Meet-and-Greet portion of the event sold out on July 7, within 10 minutes when tickets went on sale.

Tina and Harry“Before the Emmy Award-winning actress, comedian, producer and writer became a household name, Tina Fey acted, directed, ushered and worked in the box office at Upper Darby Summer Stage,” said Harry Dietzler, Executive Director. “Several of our current staff members were in productions directed by Tina.” Ms. Fey paid tribute to Upper Darby Summer Stage in her NY Times best-selling book, “Bossypants” saying “It’s a fantastic program that continues to this day and I can’t recommend it highly enough.”

“As we move into our 40th year,” said Dietzler, “We are pleased, excited and grateful that Tina will help us with our goal to upgrade our audio capabilities as we continue to raise the bar on the level of family-friendly entertainment we offer the community at Upper Darby Performing Arts Center.”

Tina Fey grew up in Upper Darby Township and attended Upper Darby High School. She made her movie debut as a writer and co-star in 2004 in “Mean Girls.” She has won multiple awards including a Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, and Emmy Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series for her work in 30 Rock.

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

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