Upper Darby Summer Stage opens its 40th season with “The Wizard of Oz.”

For Immediate Release

Families are invited to celebrate summer with the classic musical tale of Dorothy and friends.

June 26, 2015 – Drexel Hill, PA. Family members are invited to travel along the yellow brick road in an adventure like no other as Upper Darby Summer Stage opens its 40th season with “The Wizard of Oz.” Performances are July 8, 9 and 10 at 10:30 a.m. and on July 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center.

(Left to right): Billy McKeown of Newtown Square as the Lion, Emily Monaco of Bryn Mawr as Dorothy, Mike Weir of Drexel Hill as the Scarecrow and Alan Oruska of Springfield as the Tin Man.  // Photo By: Cate R. Paxson
(Left to right): Billy McKeown of Newtown Square as the Lion, Emily Monaco of Bryn Mawr as Dorothy, Mike Weir of Drexel Hill as the Scarecrow and Alan Oruska of Springfield as the Tin Man. // Photo By: Cate R. Paxson

Tickets are affordably priced at $7-10 and can be purchased online at www.udpac.org or by calling the box office: 610.622.1189. The Upper Darby Performing Arts Center is located in Drexel Hill at 601 N. Lansdowne Avenue, minutes from the Main Line and Center City. The show is approximately 70 minutes, with no intermission. Parking is free.

Children will join Dorothy (Emily Monaco of Bryn Mawr), the Scarecrow (Mike Weir of Drexel Hill), the Tinman (Alan Oruska of Springfield), the Cowardly Lion (Billy McKeown of Newtown Square) and Toto (Zoe Gray of Drexel Hill) as they follow their dreams in a journey over the rainbow. “The Wizard of Oz” features the classic songs “Over the Rainbow,” “Ding Dong the Witch is Dead” and “If I Only Had a Brain.” The message of the story can be summed up with a click of the heels and in one phrase, “there’s no place like home.”

For the first time in 40-year history, Summer Stage will put a modern twist on the production, as it will fill its vast stage with virtual scenery that will create a fast-moving and exciting backdrop for the action happening onstage.

A Summer Stage show is a unique experience. Young audience members are invited to come early to performances to participate in fun pre-show activities and stay after the show to meet cast members. “The Wizard of Oz” is ideal for ages four and up and free babysitting is offered for those who are too young to enjoy the show quietly.

Director, Nick Hunchak of Springfield, PA said, “Wizard of Oz is the first modern fairytale of the United States and its influence is everywhere.” He added, “In our modern lives, technology can virtually and physically take us anywhere, but what do we do there? Hopefully find out about ourselves and who we are, but also how there’s no place like home.”

For forty seasons Upper Darby Summer Stage has been empowering young people and entertaining families throughout the Philadelphia region. A recent winner of the Main Line Parent’s “Best Children Theatre” award, the program is also a five-time consecutive MyFoxPhilly HotList winner in the “Best Theatre” category from 2008-2012.

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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Contact:

Lauren Stevenson Yacina

610.506.1355 – Lauren.Stevenson@verizon.net

Dan Luner

610.945.8428 – dluner13@gmail.com

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