Registration for the 41st season of Upper Darby Summer Stage begins February 16!

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Lauren Stevenson Yacina

Upper Darby Performing Arts Center

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January 28, 2016 • Drexel Hill, PA – Long before there were dozens of regional theater camps, there was Upper Darby Summer Stage. Celebrating 41 seasons of providing a safe, supportive and empowering environment for pre-teens and teens, Upper Darby Summer Stage announces registration for the summer 2016 program begins on February 16. Registrants are encouraged to visit where they will find information to register online.

The award-winning youth theater program has introduced thousands of young people to the art of live theater – and the value of acceptance and self-worth – since the program was established 41 years ago under the leadership of Harry Dietzler, Executive Director and his professional staff.

Upper Darby Summer Stage takes place at Upper Darby Performing Arts Center, 601 N. Lansdowne Avenue, Drexel Hill, PA.

Upper Darby Summer Stage has become a national model for youth theater programs and the gold standard for theater training in the Philadelphia region. Hundreds of alumni from Tina Fey to Broadway’s Josh Young have pursued theatrical careers while thousands more use the tools they have learned at Upper Darby Summer Stage including empathy, timeliness, and collaboration in countless career paths.

The staff of over 100, many active in regional and NYC theater, train in classes, workshops, performances and in the technical theater program. Over 700 participants, ages 11 – 28, learn the art of theater while participating in various performances including six Children’s musicals and a Mainstage Broadway musical. Over 30,000 ticket-holders attend the musicals each summer.

Online registration for all Summer Stage programs begins February 16. The public is encouraged to visit for registration and information.

The following programs are available:

The Apprentice Program (ages 11 – 12) is for students in grades five and six. Classes are offered in acting, movement, music and storytelling. Students will perform for family members at the end of the 3-week session. Classes are 8:30 am through 11:30 am, Monday through Friday. Two three-week sessions are offered: June 17 through July 8 (no classes on July 4) or July 11 through July 29.

Students in grade seven may register for the Rising Stars Program (ages 12 – 13). Participants learn the fundamentals of musical theater and have the opportunity to perform in a musical for family members at the end of the 3-week session. Classes are offered from 1 pm through 4:30 pm Monday through Friday. Two sessions are offered: June 17 through July 8 (no classes on July 4) or July 11 through July 29.

The Children’s Theater Program (ages 14 – 17) is open to students in grades 8 thru 11. Students learn more extensive musical theater skills and perform in one or two of six Children’s Theater musicals for audiences of 1000 or more per show. Participants must be available from 9 am through 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday. Dates and times are available at the Summer Stage website at

The Technical Theater Program (ages 14-18, finished 8th grade) offers an outstanding training program where participants learn sound, painting, props and lighting design. Many alumni have gone on to college pursue technical theater and have continued on to careers in professional theater shops. An interview with the Technical Director is a requirement for admission to the program.

For its Mainstage Program Summer Stage will produce Nice Work If You Can Get It, a full-length Broadway musical, for participants ages 18 to 28. Auditions are June 6 at 7PM. Watch our website for information.

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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2 thoughts on “Registration for the 41st season of Upper Darby Summer Stage begins February 16!

  1. MARY HATFIELD says:

    My daughter will be in 5th grade next year and will turn 11 on September 6. Can she register for the Apprentice Program? She currently dances for the All Star Dance Studio in Drexel Hill. Thanks for getting back to me.

    1. Nick Bruce says:

      Hi Mary,
      In order to be eligible for the Apprentice program you must be 11 years old by June 15 or finishing 5th grade.
      So she will be eligible next year!

      Nick Bruce
      Box Office Manager

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