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! 

2017 online registration is now open! 

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, 2017 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: $165 for residents, $270 for nonresidents
  • First Session: (VERY LIMITED OPENINGS) June 22 to July 14 (no classes on July 3, 4)
  • Second Session: July 17 to August 4

Rising Stars Program (Ages 12 to 13)

Participants must be 13 years of age by June 15, 2017 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: $170 for residents, $280 for nonresidents
  • First Session: (CLOSED) June 22 to July 14 (no classes on July 3, 4)
  • Second Session: (CLOSED) July 17 to August 4

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, 2017 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.

Children's Theater Fees

One show: $180 for residents, $335 for nonresidents,
Second show: $130 for residents, $210 for nonresidents (if openings are available)

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 (CLOSED) You MUST be available 9 am to 4:30 pm, Mon. - Fri., June 13 through July 7 (no rehearsal July 4), Additional rehearsal June 24
    Annie, Jr. - Summer Stage kicks off its 42nd season as the irrepressible comic strip heroine takes center stage in one of the world’s best-loved, award-winning musicals. Based on the popular comic strip and adapted from the Tony Award-winning Best Musical, Annie Jr. features everyone’s favorite little redhead in her very first adventure. With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone's hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. Annie is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of an orphanage run by the cruel Miss Hannigan. Annie eventually foils Miss Hannigan's evil machinations, finding a new home and family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.
  • Show #2 (CLOSED) You MUST be available 9 am to 4:30 pm, Mon. - Fri., June 19 through July 14 (no rehearsal July 3, 4), Additional rehearsal July 9
    Madagascar, Jr. - Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the hip hip Hippo and, of course, those hilarious, plotting penguins bound onto our stage in the musical adventure of a lifetime. Based on the smash DreamWorks animated motion picture, Madagascar – A Musical Adventure JR. follows all of your favorite crack-a-lackin’ friends as they escape from their home in New York’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien’s Madagascar. Alex the lion is the king of the urban jungle, the main attraction at New York's Central Park Zoo. He and his best friends – Marty the zebra, Melman the giraffe and Gloria the hippo – have spent their whole lives in blissful captivity before an admiring public and with regular meals provided for them. Not content to leave well enough alone, Marty lets his curiosity get the better of him and makes his escape – with the help of some prodigious penguins – to explore the world. Filled with silly characters, adventures galore and an upbeat score, Madagascar JR. will leave audiences with no choice but to “Move It, Move It!”
  • Show #3 (CLOSED) You MUST be available 9 am to 4:30 pm, Mon. - Fri., June 19 through July 21 (no rehearsal July 3, 4), Additional rehearsal July 16
    Shrek the Musical, Jr. - Everyone's favorite ogre is back in this hilarious stage spectacle, based on the Oscar-winning smash hit film and hit Broadway musical and featuring dozens of fairy tale characters. Beauty is in the eye of the ogre in Shrek The Musical JR., based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film and fantastic Broadway musical.  It's a “big bright beautiful world” as everyone's favorite ogre, Shrek, leads a cast of fairytale misfits on an adventure to rescue a princess and find true acceptance. Part romance and part twisted fairy tale, Shrek JR. is an irreverently fun show with a powerful message for the whole family. Once upon a time, in a far away swamp, there lived an ogre named Shrek. One day, Shrek finds his swamp invaded by banished fairytale misfits who have been cast off by Lord Farquaad, a tiny terror with big ambitions. When Shrek sets off with a wisecracking donkey to confront Farquaad, he’s handed a task – if he rescues feisty princess Fiona, his swamp will be righted. Shrek tries to win Fiona’s love and vanquish Lord Farquaad, but a fairytale wouldn’t be complete without a few twists and turns along the way.
  • Show #4 (VERY LIMITED OPENINGS)You MUST be available 9 am to 4:30 pm, Mon. - Fri., July 5 through July 28, no additional rehearsal
    How I Became A Pirate - Sail off on a fantastic musical excursion when a band of comical pirates lands at North Beach looking for an expert digger to join their crew. Braid Beard and his mates enlist young Jeremy Jacob, as they try to find the perfect spot to bury their treasure.Jeremy finds that adventuring can be lots of fun, but also learns that love and home are treasures you can’t find on any map! The whole family will love this delightful and swashbuckling musical adventure! Young Jeremy Jacob is digging in the sand at North Beach when he is greeted by Captain Braid Beard and his mates, and is recruited to help find the perfect digging spot for their treasure. Boarding the ship, the Captain introduces the boy to his pirate crew who share with him the ins and outs of a pirate’s life at sea. A story of adventure and finding one’s own heart – a path that can’t be found on any treasure map.
  • Show #5 (VERY LIMITED OPENINGS) You MUST be available 9 am to 4:30 pm, Mon. - Fri., July 11 through August 4, Additional rehearsal July 30
    Curious George: The Golden Meatball - Curious George, the inquisitive, lovable monkey-star of books, movies and the award-winning PBS television show stars in a loveable adventure! All You-Can-Eat Meatball Day came just once a year. George had been waiting all month for that day, a day almost bigger than his birthday! On Meatball Day, George helped his friend, Chef Pisghetti, cook some delicious meatballs and serve them to the hungry crowd. But this year, the crowd had vanished! Something was keeping people away... something pretty big. And that something was Phinneas T. Lightspeed and his speedy Meatballs-o-Matic machine. In despair, Chef Pisghetti vows to cook no more. Determined to help his friend, George goes on a mission to enter the Chef's meatballs in the world-famous Golden Meatball Contest in Rome. With every swing and flip, George takes the audience through a fun-filled adventure, in which he learns about Rome... and meatballs... and the secret ingredient to cooking!
  • Show #6 (CLOSED) You MUST be available 9 am to 4:30 pm, Mon. - Fri., July 18 through August 11, Additional rehearsal August 6
    Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Jr. - Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Jr. is a magical adaptation of the Broadway musical, animated film and now live action movie. The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity. Summer Stage concludes it season with an all time favorite!

Technical Theater Program (Ages 14 to 18)

Participants must be 14 years of age by June 15, 2017 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.

This program runs from June 19 through August 11, Monday-Friday 9am - 4pm.

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

Mainstage Program - The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Ages 18 to 28)

Participants must be 18 years old by June 15, 2017 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 5 at 7 pm. More information will be posted to this website.

Mainstage Fees: $25 for residents, $30 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 5th at 7:00pm.
There is no specific registration form for the Mainstage Program.

Summer Stage is honored to present the east coast non-professional premeire of this lushly scored retelling of Victor Hugo’s epic story of love, acceptance and what it means to be a hero. Based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney animated feature, The Hunchback of Notre Dame showcases the film’s Academy Award-nominated score, as well as new songs by Menken and Schwartz.

The musical begins as the bells of Notre Dame sound through the famed cathedral in fifteenth-century Paris. Quasimodo, the deformed bell-ringer who longs to be “Out There,” observes all of Paris reveling in the Feast of Fools. Held captive by his devious caretaker, the archdeacon Dom Claude Frollo, he escapes for the day and joins the boisterous crowd, only to be treated cruelly by all but the beautiful gypsy, Esmeralda. Quasimodo isn’t the only one captivated by her free spirit, though – the handsome Captain Phoebus and Frollo are equally enthralled. As the three vie for her attention, Frollo embarks on a mission to destroy the gypsies – and it’s up to Quasimodo to save them all.

A sweeping score and powerful story make The Hunchback of Notre Dame an instant classic. Audiences will be swept away by the magic of this truly unforgettable musical.