Imaginations will soar with “Yo, Vikings,” July 15-17 at Summer Stage

For Immediate Release

Based on the acclaimed book by NY Times best selling author, the fun children’s musical about adventure offers parents insight into the unbreakable bond between parents and their children

(Left to right, front to back): Jacqueline Rooney of Springfield as Judy Katz (Mom), Michael Monaco-Vavrik of Wallingford as Mr. Sigurd, Elizabeth Lunardi of Drexel Hill as Emma Katz and Danny Walsh of Aldan as Bothvar, the Forksplitter prepare for their performances in "Yo, Vikings". // Photo By:  Cate R. Paxson
(Left to right): Jacqueline Rooney of Springfield as Judy Katz (Mom), Michael Monaco-Vavrik of Wallingford as Mr. Sigurd, Elizabeth Lunardi of Drexel Hill as Emma Katz and Danny Walsh of Aldan as Bothvar, the Forksplitter prepare for their performances in “Yo, Vikings.” // Photo By: Cate R. Paxson

July 2, 2015 – Drexel Hill, PA. The Summer Stage season will continue when “Yo, Vikings” takes the stage on July 15, 16 and 17 at 10:30 a.m. and July 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center. Written by Summer Stage alumnus and Richard Rodgers award-winning playwright, Marcus Stevens the show returns to the stage after a successful world premiere in the summer of 2010. Based on the true story of a little girl from Swarthmore, PA, NY Times best-selling author of the book, Judith Byron Schachner will be on site to autograph copies of the book. Books will be available for purchase.

Tickets are affordably priced at $7-11 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 60 minutes with no intermission. Parking is free and free babysitting is available for those who are too young to enjoy the show.

“Yo, Vikings” is about a young girl from Swarthmore, PA named Emma Katz (Elizabeth Lunardi of Drexel Hill) who embarks on an adventure to find her truest self. Emma is given an assignment to research Erik the Red and when she goes to the library she encounters Mr. Sigurd (Michael Monaco-Vavrik of Wallingford), the librarian who introduces her to the world of the Vikings. Emma uses the power of the imagination to succeed in her assignment and reconnect with her community and family, all while saving the library that is in danger of closing. The entire set is a giant library that becomes more vivid as Emma’s imagination takes flight.

The show was a finalist for the Richard Rodgers Award (2011) and a Weston Playhouse New Musical Award nominee (2012), and was recently licensed by Samuel French, the nation’s largest publisher of plays and musicals.

A Summer Stage show is a unique family 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. “Yo, Vikings” is ideal for ages four and up.

“In our busy lives, trying to get through the day, going to work, doing homework, getting dinner on the table and balancing crazy schedules, we sometimes forget that the real adventure is what’s right in front of us,” director Rachel Stevens said. “It’s the connections we build and the compassion we bring to our relationships,” she added.

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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