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A Final Post

21 blog posts. 2867 views. 7,735 words. 1 incredible summer. These numbers can only begin to describe the amazing eight weeks I’ve had here at Upper Darby Summer Stage. Throughout the summer, I’ve tossed on an array of hats. I’ve worked as an assistant stage manager, performed as Humpty Dumpty in “Shrek the Musical” and on top of all that I’ve been working in the marketing closet. No, seriously, the marketing team works out of a storage closet. Thankfully next year we are being upgraded to a full-sized classroom to better fit our growing team. In about a week I’m heading off to Pomona

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Devon Fields: the Male Beyoncé

In line with the rest of this summer’s interviews, Devon Fields is a man who makes the most out of every single minute of his day. In the past eight weeks, Devon has choreographed the season opener, “The Circle of Life,” played Donkey in “Shrek the Musical,” created two Dance Troupe dances, performed in Dance Troupe and even worked on the marketing team. Devon also works with a Summer Stage outreach program at the Christ Lutheran Church in Upper Darby. With the help of Camille Young, the two work with the kids on their acting, dancing and singing abilities. The goal of

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Dan Luner brings the PreShow experience to a new level!

One of the many things that Summer Stage prides itself on is its all-encompassing experience. From when you first arrive at a Summer Stage show to the autographs outside, every moment is full of wonder and excitement. One of the people that makes this possible is Dan Luner, the assistant marketing manager and director of PreShow activities. Dan Luner has been at Summer Stage for the past nine years. He started as an apprentice in 2005 and began working on staff in 2012. Back then he was a member of the first set of marketing interns for the marketing department. Now he

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Thoughts From the Ugly Duckling, By Brian Dietzler

Yes, Tina Fey was my first director at Summer Stage. “Wow, you know Tina Fey!?!?!” Er, um, I was 13 at the time, but technically yes, I suppose I know her . . . . “That is SO awesome! Did you see when she had that pizza from some place in Upper Darby?” Yep. I eat there all the time. It’s Pica’s. Delicious. “Can you believe she came from Upper Darby?” Yes, it is a cool place with a fascinating history and Summer Stage. “Was Tina cool? You know, like, cool?” Yeah! She was a good director, I remember having a good time. The

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Coffee-fueled Magic: An Interview with Chris Luner

“I really do see myself in the long run focusing in children’s theater and being able to give back to kids.” I believe the best way to summarize Chris Luner is with the following hash tag: #SleepLater. Chris Luner is the production manager of Children’s Theater, the stage manager for “Shrek the Musical” and the resident Master of Ceremonies of Summer Stage. Chris spends his entire day at the UDPAC; from 8:30AM until 11:00PM, Chris is working hard to make the magic of Summer Stage a possibility for every child. Even when he gets home at 11 at night, Chris

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The Journey to Acceptance: “Honk, Jr.!”

“Honk, Jr.!” is one of the most touching shows to ever come to Summer Stage. It tells the story of a young duckling, Ugly, who is ostracized for his appearance. The abuse is so bad that he runs away from home. On his journey, Ugly meets a bullfrog, survives a blizzard and avoids the tricks of the Cat. Eventually, he transforms into a beautiful swan and learns that being different is just fine. This tale of the ugly duckling is a modernized version of the original, which was written by Hans Christian Andersen. “Honk” was created by the same writers

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Win tickets to the opening night of “Shrek the Musical”!

We’re giving away four tickets to the opening night of “Shrek the Musical” on August 1st at 7:30PM. Want to win them? Here is how to enter! Like the Upper Darby Summer Stage Facebook page Like the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center Facebook page Follow @UDSummerStage on Twitter You must follow us on ALL platforms. This enters you into the drawing once. Want to have a better chance of winning? Share or retweet our posts about the drawing. Be sure to use #SSMagic39 in any personalized tweets about the drawing! Each share or retweet is another entrance into the drawing. Do you already

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“School House Rock Live! Jr,” brings back waves of nostalgia

If you haven’t realized this yet, I grew up in an academic household. Both of my parents are professors at Bryn Mawr College. My mother teaches chemistry and writing while my father teaches mathematics. My house has more books inside of it than the entirety of medieval Europe (We did the math.). You can’t find a room in our house that isn’t covered with bookshelves. Additionally, we don’t have cable television and so it was that I grew up watching Cyberchase, Arthur and School House Rock. “School House Rock” aired on ABC from 1973-1985 and again from 1993-1999. I was far

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Patrick Ahearn: The Hand Behind the Puppets

Upper Darby Summer Stage is swarming with puppets this season. The puppeteer at the helm, Patrick Ahearn, has been working for weeks on everything from a two-headed llama to a colorful parrot and even a 20-foot dragon. This week his puppets will make their premiere in “Doctor Dolittle, Jr.” This big, show-stopping production features a collection of animal puppets that talk to Doctor Dolittle! We took some time to talk to Pat about his training and what makes a puppet really unique. Pat has been working officially with puppets for the past 25 years. Unofficially, Pat has been playing with puppets since

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Paul Moffitt

Seven sets, six weeks and a lot of elbow grease

“It’s really cool because our set looks different than what everyone else has done, especially in the region…” The Upper Darby Performing Arts Center goes through miraculous transformations each week during the summer. From the tie-dye speckled stage of “The Circle of Life” to the swamps of “Shrek the Musical,” the stage is constantly being renovated by the tech crew. Recently I sat down with Paul Moffitt, the production manager of UDPAC and a set designer, to ask about the ins and outs of building a foundation that has to be used for seven different sets in one summer. Paul has been

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