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Since 1976 Upper Darby Summer Stage has opened the magical world of musical theater to thousands of children and teenagers through a comprehensive program of classes, performing experiences and outstanding performances for the public. Beginning at the ages of 4 and 5 children experience the magic of a fully staged children’s show live onstage. At age 10 children can develop their imaginations and talents as part of our Performing Strts classes, gradually working towards full participation in our children’s theater shows. Young technicians learn skills in carpentry, painting, lighting and sound as they serve on technical crew. As performers develop their skills they may audition for The Shooting Stars, our touring ensemble.

The Summer Stage program culminates in the Mainstage program, offering young adults a performance experience on a virtually professional level.

The Philadelphia Inquirer raved about our premiere of The Hunchback of Notre Dame in 2017, saying, “Summer Stage manages to reach a level of professionalism and aesthetic excellence that is nothing short of miraculous.” From toddlers to senior citizens, all ages are touched by the Summer Stage magic!

2018 online registration is now closed. 2019 registration opens in February! 

Call the Box Office at 610-622-1189 for more information!

Upper Darby Summer Stage Performing Strts Programs

Two, 3 Week Sessions - One session per student

BRAND NEW!! Theater Bugs - New Program!

Finishing Fourth Grade

Participants must be finishing 4th grade in 2018. Classes take place at Holy Child Academy, Drexel Hill from 8:45 to 11:45am Monday through Friday. Each session is limited to 60 studentsParticipant must attend the full 3 week session or he/she will be ineligible for Magic Makers next yearOne session only per participant.

  • Theater Bugs Program Fees: $165 for residents, $270 for nonresidents
  • First Session: June 22 to July 13 (no classes on July 4)
  • Second Session: July 16 to August 3


Magic Makers Program

Finishing 5th or 6th grade

(Formerly the "Apprentice Program")

Participants must be finishing 5th or 6th grade in 2018. Classes are offered in acting, movement, music and storytelling from 8:30 to 11:30 am Monday through Friday. Each session is limited to 72 students. Participant must attend the full 3 week session or he/she will be ineligible for Rising Stars next year. One session only per participant.

  • Magic Makers Fees: $165 for residents, $270 for nonresidents
  • First Session: June 22 to July 13 (no classes on July 4)
  • Second Session: July 16 to August 3
  • Both sessions are closed.

Rising Stars Program

Finishing 6th or 7th grade

Participants must be finishing 7th grade in 2018 or must have completed a full session of the 2017 Apprentice Program. Classes are offered from 1 to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday and will culminate in a performance of a children’s musical. Each session is limited to 60 students. Participants must attend the full 3 week session or he/she will be ineligible for Children’s Theater next year. One session only per participant.

  • Rising Stars Program Fees: $170 for residents, $280 for nonresidents
  • First Session (CLOSED): June 22 to July 13 (no classes on July 4)
  • Second Session: July 16 to August 3

Upper Darby Summer Stage Children's Theater Program

Participants must be finishing 8th-11th Grade in 2018 or have completed the 2017 Rising Stars program.
Cast members must be available 9 am - 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday

Participants rehearse a fully staged and costumed children’s musical and will perform for thousands of people. Auditions are not required for participation but are necessary for casting leading roles. Membership in the Children’s Theater program is open to students who have completed Rising Stars or who are finishing 8th grade. Rehearsals are held in the morning from 9 am to 12 noon and in the afternoons from 1 to 4:30 pm. There will be one weekend rehearsal for each show.

Participants attend when they are needed for rehearsals. A detailed rehearsal schedule will be given at the first cast meeting for each show. Parents are expected to help their child assume responsibility for attending rehearsals and learning lines. Please do not schedule family vacations, camps, summer school or medical appointments during rehearsal times.

Participants must be 14 years of age or finished 8th grade by June 15, 2018. Members who have completed one full session of the Rising Stars Program may enter Children’s Theater at age 13 but are limited to one show. Participants will be assigned to a cast after registration and will be notified by mail the week of April 16. Please do not call the Box Office for assignments. First meetings for each cast are on the first date listed below.

Children's Theater Fees: $180 for residents ($130 for second show), $335 for nonresidents ($210 for second show)

*Note: Registering for Children's Theater guarantees a place in the program. Show preferences are not guaranteed and sometimes preference of show can not be accommodated.

Children's Theater Dates

Please check your family calendar. You MUST be available 9 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday these dates:

All shows are filled. Please call 610-622-1189 to be added to a wait list. 

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    Show #1 - The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley, Jr.

    June 12 through July 6
    Additional rehearsal July 1, closed July 4

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    Show #2 - Disney's The Lion King Experience, Jr.

    June 18 through July 13
    Additional rehearsal July 8, closed July 4

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    Show #3 - Disney's The Little Mermaid, Jr.

    June 18 through July 20
    Additional rehearsal July 15, closed July 4

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    Show #4 - Freckleface Strawberry The Musical

    July 3 through July 27
    No additional rehearsal, closed July 4

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    Show #5 - A Year With Frog and Toad, TYA

    July 10 through August 3
    Additional rehearsal July 29

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    Show #6 - Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's Mary Poppins, Jr.

    July 17 through August 10
    Additional rehearsal August 6

Technical Theater Program

Finishing 8th Grade - 11th Grade

Members of the Technical Theater Program are immersed in the backstage world of Summer Stage. Learning skills in carpentry, painting, sound, lighting and backstage management, technicians create scenery, props and special effects for our seven major productions. The Technical Theater program is open to students who are finishing 8th grade or in high school. An interview with the Technical Director is a requirement for admission to the program.

Technical Theater Fees: $160 for residents, $260 for nonresidents

Please call us at 610-622-1189 for program availability!

Mainstage Program

18 years old - 28 years old

Participants must be 18 years old by June 15, 2018 or finished 12th grade. Those who are 16 or finished 10th grade who have participated in Summer Stage Children’s Theater are also eligible to audition. Auditions are June 3. Times and more information will be posted to this website soon. Mainstage Fees: $20

To participate in Mainstage, you will need to attend the auditions on June 3. There is no specific registration form for the Mainstage Program.

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