February 25 | Drexel Hill, PA – Upper Darby Summer Stage announces open registration for students in fourth grade and older to participate in its nationally acclaimed theater arts programs. Entering its forty-fourth season, Summer Stage provides theater programs for young students throughout the Philadelphia region including opportunities to learn theater skills (movement, improv, storytelling), technical theater skills, dance techniques, collaborative skills, and to perform for various size audiences.
Classes begin the week of June 18 and run through August 16. The length, timing and dates of the programs depend on the students’ ages and number of programs in which they will participate. For more information about the programs and to register a child for the 44thseason of Upper Darby Summer Stage, parents and guardians are encouraged to visit the website registration page: www.udpac.org/summerstage/registration.
Recognized by Playbill.comas one of “the top performing arts summer camps across America,” Upper Darby Summer Stage has earned a reputation as the gold standard for summer arts programs in the Philadelphia region. Tina Fey, an alumna of Upper Darby Summer Stage, mentioned the program in her NY Times best-selling book Bossypants: “It’s a fantastic program that continues to this day and I can’t recommend it highly enough.”
With a staff of over 150 from the regional theater community, students learn in a nurturing environment not only the logistics of putting on a showbut the value of respecting themselves and others with whom they collaborate. The staff introduces the students to skills in communication, to team building, to meeting new people, to being respectful to others – skills that go far beyond professions in theater or on-stage performance, but more importantly skills that are relevant throughout a lifetime.
“Here at Summer Stage we are not about creating Broadway stars – although we’ve had several of them grace our stage – we are about helping children develop confidence and finding and sharing the magic they have inside of them with our audiences,” said Executive Director of Upper Darby Summer Stage, Harry Dietzler.
Children from throughout the Philadelphia region are welcome to participate in Upper Darby Summer Stage. The Performing Starts programs are classes for children completing 4ththrough 7thgrades. After 8thgrade, students may participate in one of the six Children’s Theater shows, often performing to sell-out audiences of over 1,200. Young technicians learn skills in carpentry, painting, lighting and sound as they participate in the Technical Program. The Summer Stage program culminates in the Mainstage Program, offering young adults ages 18 through 28 a performance experience on a virtually professional level.
The Upper Darby Performing Arts Center is 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.
For Immediate Release