Summer Stage Kicks Off its 40th Season with a Once-in-a-Lifetime Birthday Celebration – and EVERYONE is invited!

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Summer Stage alumni from four decades take to the stage to perform the Greatest Hits of Summer Stage, in a 40th Season Gala Celebration to benefit the program!

Tina Fey, center, joins Upper Darby Summer Stage participants singing “To Fill the World with Love.”

June 26, 2015, Drexel Hill, PA • Upper Darby Summer Stage is stepping out to celebrate a once-in-a-lifetime birthday celebration with a 40th Season Gala Celebration on July 10 and July 11th – and everyone is invited!

Upper Darby Summer Stage presents one of its most exciting and entertaining line-ups for its 40th Season, and the 40th Season Gala Celebration is the highlight of the season. Over 100 Summer Stage alumni, representing all four decades, are preparing to perform in a show like no other! Packed with dancing, singing and memories – and featuring performances from the Greatest Hits of Summer Stage – the 40th Season Gala Celebration is a not-to-be-missed musical extravaganza!

The 40th Season Gala Celebration will be presented on July 10 at 7:30 pm and on July 11 at 6 pm. There is a reception after the July 11 performance at Drexelbrook Event Center. Tickets are affordably priced from $10 – $30 and benefit Upper Darby Summer Stage. Tickets for the July 11 post-show reception at Drexelbrook are $30. The performances take place at Upper Darby Performing Arts Center, 601 N. Lansdowne Avenue, Drexel Hill, PA. More information is available at or by calling the box office at 610.622.1189.

The 40th Season Gala Celebration will feature unforgettable moments from all four decades. Audience members will be entertained with songs from some of the early Mainstage musicals including Anything Goes, Brigadoon, Dames at Sea, The King & I and West Side Story. Recent hits include songs from Thoroughly Modern Millie, Ragtime, Fiddler on the Roof, Hairspray and Titanic.  The Upper Darby Summer Stage Shooting Stars – both past and present – will perform a show-stopping “Swing Medley” and a reunion show wouldn’t be complete without a Children’s Theater medley that includes “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” “Be Our Guest” and the song that started every Children’s Theater show for decades, “Magic Up Our Sleeve.”

The Summer Stage list of notable alumni reads like a list of “Who’s Who” including writer, director, producer and actress Tina Fey; Josh Young, soon to open in Broadway’s Amazing Grace; Jeremy Morse, to be featured in The Waitress: The Musical on Broadway, Jillian Louis who is performing in Broadway’s It Should Have Been You, Alyse Alan Louis, who starred in Broadway’s Mamma Mia, the co-founders of Philadelphia’s acclaimed Arden Theatre Company, Terrence J. Nolen and Amy Murphy (who met at UD Summer Stage!); and the award-winning song-writing team, Brian Lowdermilk and Kait Kerrigan, to name a very few.

Notable alumni returning to perform in the 40th Season Gala Show include Monica Horan from Everybody Loves Raymond; Broadway and regional actress, Krissy Fraelich; and Marcus Stevens, Richard Rodgers award-winning playwright and acclaimed actor from NYC’s Forbidden Broadway: Comes Out Swinging!

Since the very first show in the summer of 1976 thousands of talented young people have performed in hundreds of musical productions at Upper Darby Summer Stage. The mission of the program is to empower the young participants and entertain families with affordable, quality entertainment. It has become one of the most successful youth theater programs in the country.

Upper Darby Summer Stage welcomes anyone in the Philadelphia region who has enjoyed a Summer Stage musical to attend the July 10 or July 11 Gala Celebration. Audience members, young and old, will be thoroughly entertained by the talented alumni – many traveling from all over the United States – back to their Summer Stage family, to the stage where they fell in love with performing, to the safe community where they established life-long friendships and to the place where they were taught by Founder and Executive Director, Harry Dietzler, that their first priority should be to “Fill the World With Love.”

The forty-season legacy of Upper Darby Summer Stage is a testament to Founder, Harry Dietzler. Much more than a summer theater camp, the program has set the bar by very high by reinforcing positive core values for the thousands of young people who participated over the years, their families, and members of the community who continue to attend the performances and support the extraordinary program.

Voted “Best Children Theatre,” by the readers of Main Line Parent the program is also a five-time consecutive MyFoxPhilly Hot List winner in the “Best Theatre” category from 2008-2012. The Founder and Executive Director of the program, Harry Dietzler was awarded the distinguished “Lifetime Achievement Award” at the Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Philadelphia Theater.

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