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Online registration for 2019 Summer Stage opens February 21, 2019

ONLINE REGISTRATION FOR SUMMER STAGE POSTPONED (original date February 19th, new dates below)
Our new online registration system is not quite ready. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your patience.
  • Registration for those who participated in Summer Stage last year (2018):  Thursday, February 21 at 10am
  • Registration for new participants: Monday, February 25 at 10am

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

Theater Bugs

Finishing Fourth Grade

Theater Bugs will develop their creativity and imagination through four exciting theater classes:

• Singing • Dance • Acting • Improv and Storytelling

The sky is the limit when it comes to developing basic performing technique, building bright characters, and finding “your own unique voice” as a first-time Summer Stager.

Classes take place at
Upper Darby Performing Arts Center

Monday - Friday: 8:15 AM to 11:15 AM

  • First Session: June 20 to July 12 

(no classes on July 4 or 5)

  • Second Session: July 15 to August 2

Theater Bugs Program Fees:
$170 for residents* | $280 for non-residents

Magic Makers Program

Finishing 5th or 6th grade

(Formerly the "Apprentice Program")

Magic Makers will further develop techniques of singing, dancing and acting and at the end of the three week session will perform their very own Performance Showcase! Their journey will include learning theater terminology, getting a peek behind the scenes to see how a theater production works at Summer Stage, and rehearsing as a cast of storytelling players.

Classes take place at
Upper Darby Performing Arts Center .

Monday - Friday: 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM 

  • First Session: June 20 to July 12

(no classes on July 4 or 5)

  • Second Session: July 15 to August 2

Magic Makers Program Fees:
$170 for residents* | $280 for non-residents 

Rising Stars Program

Finishing 6th or 7th grade

Rising Stars are put to the challenge of performing in a fully-staged musical for their family this summer. Fine tuning characters, creating a theatrical world, and storytelling through a professional script are just a few exciting elements! This program, is a stepping stone to becoming a Children’s Theater performer. Students who have completed the 2018 Magic Makers program may register after completing 6th grade. New students must have completed 7th grade to participate.

Classes take place at
Upper Darby Performing Arts Center

Monday - Friday: 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM

  • First Session: June 20 to July 12

(no classes on July 4 or 5)

  • Second Session: July 15 to August 2

Rising Stars Program Fees:
$175 for residents* | $290 for non-residents

Upper Darby Summer Stage Children's Theater Program

Participants must be finishing 8th-11th Grade in 2019 or have completed the 2018 Rising Stars program.
Cast members must be available 9 am - 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday

We've got Magic Up Our Sleeve for all participants in our Children's Theater productions!

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, 2019. 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 29. 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: $185 for residents ($150 for second show), $345 for non-residents ($220 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.

A resident is a student who meets the residency requirements for the Upper Darby School District.

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

Children's Theater Dates

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

  • Show #1 - Disney's High School Musical, Jr.

    June 18 through July 12 (no classes July 4, 5)

  • Show #2 - Seussical, Jr.

    June 18 through July 19 (no classes July 4, 5)

  • Show #3 - Disney's Frozen, Jr.

    June 19 through July 26 (no classes July 4, 5)

  • Show #4 - Honk, Jr.

    July 9 through August 2

  • Show #5 - Elliot and the Magic Bed

    July 16 through August 9

  • Show #6 - Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka, Jr.

    July 23 through August 16

Technical Theater Program

Finishing 8th Grade - 11th Grade

Few programs in the region offer the opportunity for young people to gain the scope of knowledge and the hands-on experience of working behind the scenes at Summer Stage! Seven full-scale productions in one summer!

Members of the Technical Theater Program are immersed in the backstage world and will learn 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: $175 for residents, $275 for non-residents

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

Mainstage Program - BIG FISH!

18 years old - 28 years old

The pinnacle of Summer Stage participation is the Mainstage Program. Open to performers 18 years or older, Mainstage raises the bar to a professional level in the production of a Broadway style musical. Reviewers have called Mainstage shows, “Virtually perfect” and
“Mesmerizing.” Auditions and a strong commitment to excellence are required of Mainstage performers.

Participants must be finished 12th grade. Those who finished 10th grade who have participated in Summer Stage Children’s Theater are also eligible to audition. Auditions are scheduled for Sunday, June 2. Check the website at for audition songs and more information.

Dates: June 2 - August 10

Mainstage Fees: $20

Casting in Mainstage is by audition. There is no specific registration form for the Mainstage Program.

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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!

Online registration for 2019 Summer Stage opens February 19, 2019

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