UDPAC Celebrates 25 Years of Ringing in the Holidays with The Nutcracker!


Press Release

For Immediate Release

Contact: Lauren Stevenson Yacina

610.506.1355 • Lauren.Stevenson@verizon.net

Upper Darby Performing Arts Center presents the 25th anniversary celebration of

The Nutcracker performed by Narberth’s Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet Society

Featuring professional soloists and the region’s best dancers, November 21, 22 and 23

DREXEL HILL, PANovember 7, 2014 – Upper Darby Performing Arts Center presents the 25th anniversary celebration of The Nutcracker, the family-favorite performed by the renowned Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet Society November 21, 22 and 23.

The Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet Society has teamed with the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center for 25 holiday seasons to present Nutcracker performances that offer top production value at affordable prices. A fun way for families to kick off the holiday season, the annual tradition features professional soloists and many of the region’s best dancers.

Five enchanting performances take place on November 21 at 7:30 pm, November 22 at 11 am and 3 pm, and November 23 at 1:30 pm and 5:30 pm at Upper Darby Performing Arts Center, 601 N. Lansdowne Avenue, Drexel Hill, PA. Audience members are invited to have pictures taken with the cast after the November 22nd performances.

Tickets are $10 – $22. UDPAC members save $2 and children 12 and under save $1. Tickets may be purchased online at www.udpac.org, at the box office or by calling the box office: 610. 622.1189. Ninety-minute performances are appropriate for children four years old and up. Before and after the show the lobby is a winter wonderland filled with nutcracker gifts ideal for holiday shopping.

The enchanting music by Tchaikovsky is one of his best-known works and the ballet, set at Christmas time, has become an American holiday tradition.

“Every year we add something a little different, an element of surprise,” says Melinda Pendleton, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet Society. “It’s inspiring to me to see these talented young dancers make the commitment to work so hard in order to present an outstanding performance for each audience member.”

“The PA Academy of Ballet is one of the preeminent ballet schools in the region and we are thrilled to be working with them on our 25th anniversary season of The Nutcracker,” said Hary Dietzler, Executive Director of Upper Darby Performing Arts Center. “It is exciting to think that a new generation of children will be introduced to the enchantment of the Nutcracker!”

The professional soloists include Tim Early of Havertown who performs the role of the Snow King and Rick Callender of Lansdowne who performs as the Cavalier to Heather Holajter’s Sugar Plum Fairy. Dancers from the Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet Society include Sarah Cramer (13 years old) of Penn Valley who performs as Marie and Austin Eyler (15 years old) of West Chester who performs the role of her Prince.

The Upper Darby Performing Arts Center and Upper Darby Summer Stage are 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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