Upper Darby Summer Stage Presents Titanic: The Musical
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There She is! The Ship of Dreams is setting sail for its final time tonight at Upper Darby Summer Stage as we reach closing night of the theatre programs Mainstage production. The production which is always a highlight of the Summer Stage season is especially touching this year as the Mainstage production is one of a kind and hands down one of the best productions ever put on stage at Summer Stage. For their 36th season, Upper Darby Summer Stage proudly presents Titanic: The Musical.
Upper Darby Summer Stage is a nationally recognized theatre program that each year produces six children’s theatre shows, 1 main stage production, a night of one acts and a combined dance troupe/cabaret show. The program, now in its 36th year, was created by executive and artistic director Harry Dietzler. The program has over 700 participants and 100 staff members. And while the program is very well known for its annual 6 Children’s Theatre productions, the Mainstage production at Upper Darby is on a scale of its own consistently being compared to professional productions/venues both locally and regionally.
Titanic: The Musical, believe it or not, is actually a musical not based off of the movie by the same popular name. This production takes a much more historic route about the famous ocean liner whose 100th anniversary approaches within the year. The incredible musical which captured five Tony Awards in 1997 including Best Book, Best Original Score for a Musical and Best Musical is a perfect production to be brought to life on the Upper Darby Stage. The story will follow over 40 different characters and their lives on the magnificent ocean liner from boarding to collision and follow their epic journey as they battle to escape the sinking city that surrounds them. Spoiler Alert: The Ship sinks.
The production which has been praised by critics is hands down one of Upper Darby’s finest productions to ever be brought to life. At the helm (Haha!) of this enormous production is Director Marcus Stevens who is no stranger to Summer Stage. From performing to writing to directing, Marcus Stevens has truly done it all for Upper Darby Summer Stage. And at his assistance as Assistant Director is his sister and fellow Summer Stager, Rachel Stevens. Gina Giachero, who is not only a familiar face to Summer Stage but to the entire Philadelphia theatre scene is the musical director with Eric Thompson at her side as Assistant Musical Director and Vocal Coach. Abby Shunskis, choreographs the production and Allie Steele is Stage Manager.
Working on this production technically, Mary Folino who is a sought after costume designer for the Philadelphia area designs tons of clothes from first class to third class for all to wear. Lindsey Mayer is set designer creating a world of its own with the 2 story set for the famous ocean liner. Shelley Hicklin lighting designs the entire piece and Patrick Ahern designs the props.
Upper Darby’s production will feature over 70 performers ranging from age 18 to 28. Most of these young performers are college graduates or in college working to pursue careers in theatre, music or dance. This Mainstage production will also feature children which were auditioned for the show. The stage will fill and quite literally set sail as crew pull gang planks from the audience aisles setting the mood for an unforgettable journey.
The production played July 29th and 30th and also had a performance last ngiht on August 5th. Last we stated earlier, we planned to do a earlier blog post on this production but formatting and publishing issues with the blog did not allow for it. We apologize for that.
So set sail tonight with Upper Darby Summer Stage one final time as the theatre program proudly presents Titanic: The Musical. This production will not only leave you in awe but hve you captivated form the moment the ship sets sail to the moment their fate is realized. Titanic is the production of the Summer and the perfect way to kick off the 100th anniversary of this ocean liners infamous voyage. Also, tonight is To Fill The World With Love Night for Summer Stage. This means that alumni will flood (Haha! Again!) the theatre to support their friends and fellow Summer Stagers for a night that is truly to be remembered as they sing “To Fill The World With Love” and remember all Summer Stagers who are no longer with is. Tonight should not be missed. The Final Performance of Titanic: The Musical plays Tonight at 7:30 PM at The Upper Darby Performing Arts Center! Get your tickets now! Very few are left and they’re going fast! For more information, check the Upper Darby Summer Stage Official Website. And check back tomorrow for our review of Titanic: The Musical at Summer Stage!