Join a Comical Band of Pirates in their Search for Treasure at UD Summer Stage! July 26, 27, 28

Sail away with Captain Braid Beard and his mates to help them find the perfect hiding spot for their treasure!

DREXEL HILLPA— (July 13, 2017) —Ahoy mateys! Pirates are coming to the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center! When a band of comical pirates lands at North Beach looking for an expert digger, young Jeremy Jacob climbs aboard. Based on the children’s book written by Melinda Long, “How I Became a Pirate” is a swashbuckling musical adventure for the whole family. Performances are July 26, 27 and 28 at 10:30 am and on July 27 at 7:30 pm at the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center.

The cast of “How I Became a Pirate.” Photo credit: Cate R. Paxson


Upper Darby Summer Stage will be invaded by pirates and transform into the sunny North Beach. Jeremy Jacob (Aiden Mastronardo of Havertown) is an adventurous young boy who is greeted by Captain Braid Beard (Dylan Rooney of Springfield) on an ordinary day at the beach. Accompanying Braid Beard are his trusty mates Sharktooth the Pirate (Rain Diaz of Clifton Heights) and Max the Pirate (Molly McCarthy of Media) as well as many others. Jeremy enjoys adventuring with them but learns that love and home are treasures you can’t find on any map! Catchy pirate tunes and intricate dance moves will excite all audiences!

Tickets are affordably priced at $8-$12 and members of The Upper Darby Performing Arts Center save $1. Tickets may be purchased at or by calling the box office at 610.622.1189. The Upper Darby Performing Arts Center is located at 601 N. Lansdowne Avenue, minutes from the Main Line and Center City.

The performance is approximately 60 minutes with no intermission. Parking is free. The show is recommended for ages four and up with free babysitting in the lobby offered for those who may be too young to sit quietly through the entire show.

“How I Became a Pirate” director Rob Henry speaks about this hilarious show with a great heart. Henry states, “This sweet and silly show is sure to entertain both parents and children alike.”

A Summer Stage show is a unique experience for all ages. Prior to the children’s performances young audience members can enjoy pre-show activities and a meet-and-greet with characters after each show. Autographs and pictures are encouraged!

For more information about “How I Became a Pirate” and Upper Darby Summer Stage’s 42nd season visit

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.

About Upper Darby Summer Stage:

Upper Darby Summer Stage celebrates 42 seasons empowering young people and entertaining families. Each season the program presents six dynamic Children’s Theater productions and one professional caliber Mainstage production.

Summer Stage offers programs for students beginning at age 11 in the Apprentice Program and has participants up to age 28 in the Mainstage productions. Programs available include the Apprentice Program (11-12 yrs.), Rising Stars (12-13 yrs.), Children’s Theater (14-17 yrs.), and Mainstage (18-28 yrs.). Summer Stage also offers an outstanding technical theater program for students ages 14 to 18.

Upper Darby Summer Stage is not only a great place to see a spectacular show, but also a great place for students to grow as artists and as people! Visit for more information.





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For more information contact:

Ms. Marie McVeigh

Public Relations & Content Manager

610.291.0173 (cell)

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