Upper Darby Summer StageUpper Darby Summer Stage is one of the nation’s most successful youth theater programs. Learn the art of live theater from a staff of 100 theater professionals. What does it take to put on a professional-quality show? You will learn from the region’s talented directors, choreographers, lighting designers, costumers and enjoy performing in front of one of the largest audiences in the region! Our Apprentice and Rising Stars programs prepare you for the excitement of our Children’s Theater program.

Not a performer? Join our Technical Theater program and learn painting, construction, lighting, sound and costumes!

 

Registration is now closed for 2016! 2017 registrations begin in February.

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

 

 

Apprentice Program (Ages 11 to 12)

Participants must be 11 years of age by June 15, 2016 or finished 5th grade. 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.

  • Apprentice Program Fees: $160 for residents, $260 for nonresidents
  • First Session: June 17 to July 8 (no classes on July 4) SESSION CLOSED
  • Second Session: July 11 to July 29 SESSION CLOSED

Rising Stars Program (Ages 12 to 13)

Participants must be 13 years of age by June 15, 2016 or finished 7th grade or must have completed a full session of the 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: $165 for residents, $265 for nonresidents
  • First Session: June 17 to July 8 (no classes on July 4) SESSION CLOSED
  • Second Session: July 11 to July 29 SESSION CLOSED

Children’s Theater Program (Ages 14 to 17)

First time members of the Children’s Theater Program participate in one of our six shows presented for a children’s audience. Performances are Tuesday through Friday at 10:30 am and Thursday evenings at 7:30 pm.

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. Children’s Theater is not all day every day. Members 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 your 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, 2016 or must have participated in Children’s Theater last year. 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 18. Please do not call the Box Office for assignments. First meetings for each cast are on the first date listed below.

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

Please Note: We are aware certain school districts are still in school until June 20. Sign up and give your availability. We will do our best to accommodate you. Summer Stagers may not miss rehearsals due to still being in school. We will accommodate students who are still in school on June 20 for Elf the Musical Jr. ONLY. Please call the Box Office at 610-622-1189 for more information.

  • Show #1 (CLOSED) You MUST be available 9 am to 4:30 pm, Mon. – Fri., June 15 through July 8 (no rehearsal July 4), Additional rehearsal June 25
    Disney Princesses and Heroes – We’re starting off our season with a musical revue featuring everyone’s favorite Disney heroes and princesses in songs and dances from the latest Disney movie and Broadway hits. The grand finale will feature the heroes working together to save the princesses from a fiery dragon! Plenty of opportunities for solos and a lot of dancing but minimal acting roles.
  • Show #2  (CLOSED)You MUST be available 9 am to 4:30 pm, Mon. – Fri., June 16 through July 15 (no rehearsal July 4), Additional rehearsal July 10
    Bye, Bye, Birdie, Young Performers Edition – For the first time in children’s theater we present one of the most captivating musical shows of our time. Bye, Bye, Birdie, the story of a rock and roll singer who is about to be inducted into the army. Put on a Happy Face, One Boy, A Lot of Livin’ to Do, Kids and Rosie are musical theater classics. Great acting and singing roles, lots of chorus numbers and dance opportunities abound in this Broadway show for kids.
  • Show #3 (CLOSED)You MUST be available 9 am to 4:30 pm, Mon. – Fri., June 20* through July 22 (no rehearsal July 4), Additional rehearsal July 17 *We will accommodate students who are still in school on June 20. Please call the Box Office at 610-622-1189 for more information.
    Elf the Musical, Jr. – We will be celebrating Christmas in July with a Summer Stage premiere of the new musical Elf the Musical, Jr.! This modern day holiday classic is sure to make every performer embrace their inner elf with plenty of large ensemble numbers featuring elves and New Yorkers of every type. Great acting and singing roles and the story and songs from the recent Broadway musical will make this a new Summer Stage favorite.
  • Show #4 (CLOSED) You MUST be available 9 am to 4:30 pm, Mon. – Fri., July 6 through July 29, no additional rehearsal
    James and the Giant Peach, Jr. – Another premiere for Summer Stage! Based on one of Roald Dahl’s quirky stories, James And The Giant Peach Jr. is a brand new take on this “masterpeach” of a tale. When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that grows a tremendous peach, rolls into the ocean and launches a journey of enormous proportions. James befriends a collection of singing insects that ride the giant piece of fruit across the ocean, facing hunger, sharks and plenty of disagreements along the way. This is our acting show for the summer with great roles and catchy new music!
  • Show #5 (CLOSED) You MUST be available 9 am to 4:30 pm, Mon. – Fri., July 12 through August 5, Additional rehearsal July 31
    Disney’s Mulan, Jr. – Travel back to the legendary, story-telling days of ancient China with this action-packed stage adaptation of Disney’s Mulan. The Huns have invaded, and it is up to the misfit Mulan and her mischievous sidekick Mushu to save the Emperor! Mulan, Jr. is a heartwarming celebration of culture, honor and a fighting spirit. The score includes favorites like Reflection, Honor to Us All and I’ll Make a Man Out of You as well as new songs that will get our audience up on its feet!
  • Show #6 (CLOSED)You MUST be available 9 am to 4:30 pm, Mon. – Fri., July 19 through August 12, Additional rehearsal August 7
    The Dinosaur Musical – Our 41st season ends with a fantastic musical that has become a Summer Stage favorite. The Dinosaur Musical is a madcap, jazzy prehistoric musical comedy combining the intrigue and romance of a Hollywood World War II epic with a perky adolescent parent trap. Throw in some crazy comedy, an erupting volcano and the invention of spaghetti and you’ve got something for everyone of any age! Many great roles for girls and boys and a chance to play a dinosaur onstage! This is a fun finale for the season!

Children’s Theater Fees

One show: $175 for residents, $325 for nonresidents,
Second show: $125 for residents, $200 for nonresidents (if openings are available)

Scholarships: A limited number of financial need scholarships are available. Request a scholarship application while registering.

Technical Theater Program (Ages 14 to 18)

PROGRAM CLOSED

Participants must be 14 years of age by June 15, 2016 or finished 8th grade. Participants will receive training in set and props construction, painting, lighting and sound. An interview with the Technical Director is a requirement for admission to the program. Because of limited openings an interview does not guarantee admission into the program.

Technical Theater Fees: $150 for residents, $250 for nonresidents

Mainstage Program – Nice Work if You Can Get It (Ages 18 to 28)

PROGRAM CLOSED

Participants must be 18 years old by June 15, 2016 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 scheduled for June 6 at 7 pm. More information will be posted to this website.

Mainstage Fees: $20 for residents, $25 for nonresidents. A resident is a student who meets the residency requirements for the Upper Darby School District

To participate in Mainstage, you will need to attend the auditions on June 6th at 7:00pm.