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11 Insights from Benj Pasek that will Inspire the Next Generation

Upper Darby Summer Stage’s social media strategist and student at Friends’ Central School (FCS), Mikaela Uricheck ‘17, sat down to talk with Broadway composer and Friends’ Central alumnus, Benj Pasek ‘03. Benj Pasek, who along with his collaborator, Justin Paul, has composed some of this generation’s most exciting musicals. The Tony and Emmy nominated duo have been behind hits like “A Christmas Story, The Musical,” “Dogfight,” “Edges,” and “Dear Evan Hansen,” which will open in December 2016 on Broadway, as well numerous songs for television and film. The pair also wrote “James and the Giant Peach, Jr.” which is running

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Dinosaurs on stage in Upper Darby Summer Stage’s 41st season finale

PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release Dan Luner 610.945.8428 • dluner13@gmail.com The 41st season will wrap up with an unforgettable adventure for all ages! July 28, 2016 – Drexel Hill, PA. Upper Darby Summer Stage will wrap up its 41st season with an unforgettable adventure for all ages as it presents “The Dinosaur Musical.” Performances are August 10, 11 and 12 at 10:30 a.m. and on August 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center. 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

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The Iceberg Effect: How much goes into one show at Upper Darby Summer Stage?

For More Info, Contact: Dan Luner Public & Community Relations Manager 610.945.8428 • dluner13@gmail.com The Iceberg Effect: How much goes into one show at Upper Darby Summer Stage? Every summer, approximately 30,000 ticketholders walk through the doors of Upper Darby Performing Arts Center. Some come to see one show. Others come to see all six children’s theater musicals. And then some come for the annual mainstage production. Overseeing all seven productions to ensure audiences receive what they paid for is production manager, Chris Luner. Luner has been a member of Upper Darby Summer Stage since 2005 and has worked on

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“R. Humble” – Much more than a name on Upper Darby Summer Stage’s programs

For More Info, Contact: Dan Luner Public & Community Relations Manager 610.945.8428 • dluner13@gmail.com “R. Humble” – Much more than a name on Upper Darby Summer Stage’s programs When looking back into the Upper Darby Summer Stage history books, the casts and creative teams featured in each of the children’s theater programs are unique to each production. However, audience members may not be aware of one particular element that has remained steadfast on every program cover for over 30 years. More than just a name, “R. Humble,” is the signature of Robert Humble, the program artist who has created close

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“Disney’s Mulan, Jr.” comes alive at Upper Darby Summer Stage, August 3-5.

PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release Dan Luner 610.945.8428 • dluner13@gmail.com Disney’s Oscar-nominated film brought to life on stage with Mulan, Mushu and friends! July 21, 2016 – Drexel Hill, PA. “Disney’s Mulan, Jr.” will come alive at Upper Darby Summer Stage in two weeks. Performances are August 3, 4 and 5 at 10:30 a.m. and on August 4 at 7:30 p.m. at the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center. 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

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Five Questions with Mackenzie Lee, Mulan in “Disney’s Mulan, Jr.”

“Disney’s Mulan, Jr.” heads to the stage in two weeks at Upper Darby Summer Stage. With performances quickly approaching from August 3-5, public & community relations manager, Dan Luner (DL) took the time to talk with Mackenzie Lee (ML) of Bryn Mawr who holds the title role of Mulan. Below is an abbreviated transcript of their conversation. DL: What were your initial reactions when you found out you were cast as Mulan? ML: I’ve been here six years [since I was an apprentice] and there are so many talented people here so I was just very grateful I got the

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Upper Darby Summer Stage and Swarthmore Public Library present a special storytime performance of “Disney’s Mulan Jr.”

PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release Dan Luner 610.945.8428 • dluner13@gmail.com Featuring the Director and select cast members on July 21 at the Swarthmore Public Library July 14, 2016 – Drexel Hill, PA. The Swarthmore Public Library invites the public to attend a special storytime performance of “Disney’s Mulan, Jr.” The performance will take place at the Swarthmore Public Library at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 21 and there is no fee to attend. Select cast members from the production at Upper Darby Summer Stage will perform a few scenes and songs from the show. Director, Sarah DeNight, an actress and

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Mainstage at Upper Darby Summer Stage proudly presents, “Nice Work If You Can Get It.”

PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release Dan Luner 610.945.8428 • dluner13@gmail.com This high-stepping show recalls the golden age of musicals featuring Gershwin songs galore! July 14, 2014 – Drexel Hill, PA. Upper Darby Summer Stage proudly presents its crown jewel of the 41st season, the mainstage production, “Nice Work If You Can Get It” on July 29, 30 and August 5, 6 at the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center. Recently on Broadway starring Matthew Broderick and Kelli O’Hara, this high-stepping musical recalls the golden age of American musicals, complete with extravagant dance numbers, glittering Broadway costumes and a treasure trove of

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Imaginations will soar with Upper Darby Summer Stage’s “James and the Giant Peach Jr.”

PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release Dan Luner 610.945.8428 • dluner13@gmail.com Based on the classic by Roald Dahl, this show is a brand new take on his “masterpeach” of a tale. July 14, 2016 – Drexel Hill, PA. Imaginations will soar as Upper Darby Summer Stage presents “James and the Giant Peach Jr.” Performances are July 27, 28 and 29 at 10:30 a.m. and on July 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center. 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

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Cool off while celebrating Christmas in July as UD Summer Stage presents “Elf – The Musical Jr.”

PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release Dan Luner 610.945.8428 • dluner13@gmail.com A Christmas adventure featuring Jovie, Michael Hobbs and everybody’s favorite – Buddy the Elf! July 7, 2016 – Drexel Hill, PA. Audiences can cool off and celebrate Christmas in July as Upper Darby Summer Stage presents “Elf – The Musical Jr.” Performances are July 20, 21 and 22 at 10:30 a.m. and on July 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center. 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

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