Event Alert! Upper Darby Summer Stage Celebrates 40 Seasons TONIGHT – featuring over 200 alumni from all four decades!

Over 200 Summer Stage Alumni – including Everybody Loves Raymond’s Monica Horan – take to the stage to perform the Greatest Hits of Summer Stage, in a Benefit for Upper Darby Summer Stage!


Over 200 Summer Stage alumni – from all of decades – perform in a show to celebrate 40 seasons of Summer Stage!

July 11, 2015, Drexel Hill, PA • Upper Darby Summer Stage, where Tina Fey got her start on the stage, celebrates a once-in-a-lifetime birthday celebration with a 40th Season Gala Celebration TONIGHT, July 11 at 6 pm to benefit Upper Darby Summer Stage!

Event Location: Upper Darby Performing Arts Center, 601 N. Lansdowne Avenue, Drexel Hill, PA 19026

Timing: Tonight, July 11 at 6pm until 8:30 pm

Tickets: www.udpac.org or call 610.622.1189

Over 1,500 audience members will gather to watch over 200 Summer Stage alumni, representing all four decades, as they perform TONIGHT 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 Show is a celebration of all the positive experiences and good-will Upper Darby Summer Stage has radiated throughout the Philadelphia region for 40 seasons.

Known as one of the most successful youth programs in the country, Upper Darby Summer Stage has empowered young people and entertained thousands of family members since 1976.

Monica Horan - from Everybody Loves Raymond - joins over 200 Summer Stage alumni to celebrate 40 seasons!
Monica Horan – from Everybody Loves Raymond – joins over 200 Summer Stage alumni to celebrate 40 seasons!

The Summer Stage list of notable alumni reads like a list of “Who’s Who” including writer, director, producer and actress Tina Fey; Monica Horan from Everybody Loves Raymond; Josh Young, from 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!); the award-winning song-writing team, Brian Lowdermilk and Kait Kerrigan, and many, many more!

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.

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.”

What a Show!
What a Show!

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.

Press Contact:

Lauren Stevenson Yacina

610.506.1355 • lauren.stevenson@verizon.net


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