Upper Darby Summer Stage Wins Philly’s Best Theatre Group Award
Upper Darby Summer Stage has done it again. Each year, My Fox Philly holds a contest titled “The Best of Philly” with categories ranging from Best Cheesesteak to Best Museum to Best Theatre Group. Upper Darby Summer Stage has proudly received the award for “Philly’s Best Theatre Group” for the past three years having won in 2008, 2009 and 2010. However, as of today Upper Darby Summer Stage is now going to have to change that three to a four as it has been announced Upper Darby Summer Stage is Philly’s Best Theatre Group for 2011 for the Fourth Consecutive time.
Upper Darby Summer Stage is a nationally recognized youth theatre program that was created in 1976 by Harry Dietzler. The program which has grown in its existence has amounted to having over 700 youth take place in the productions and over 100 staff members working on all aspects of the theatre. But what exactly does Upper Darby Summer Stage do in the course of its Summer?
Each Summer, Upper Darby Summer Stage presents six children’s theatre productions. These shows can range from 60 performers in a show to over 90. This summer, Summer Stage presented a variety of productions in its children’s theatre program. Summer Stage kicked off its 36th Season with the high energy Disney Channel movie on Stage Camp Rock! Then, sticking with the whole Disney theme, Summer Stage told the classic story of Mulan in Disney’s Mulan Jr. Prophecies were fulfilled and battles were fought as Summer Stage next presented the epic story of Narnia. The next week was totally different as Summer Stage found themselves inside a play pen as the program presented Rugrats: A Live Adventure. Then, things became a little serious as Summer Stage discovered the magic of a garden as The Secret Garden was presented. And Summer Stage wrapped up its children’s theatre season with some lovable but prehistoric friends as dinosaurs invaded the theatre for The Dinosaur Musical.
One unique thing about Upper Darby Summer Stage is while the program presents six children’s theatre productions each year, they also present one Broadway musical in their Main Stage program which is geared for teenagers and young adults interested in theatre as people ages 18 to 28 can take part in this production. The Main Stage’s production history is one filled with great memories and excellent productions with such previous shows as Seussical, 42nd Street, Beauty and The Beast, Ragtime: The Musical, My Favorite Year, Thoroughly Modern Millie and West Side Story. This year, Summer Stage’s Main Stage program set off for an epic voyage as Titanic: The Musical was presented. Click here to check out a Video for Titanic: The Musical at Summer Stage. This production of epic proportions brought to life the unforgettable Titanic story as the 100th Anniversary of the fateful voyage approaches within the coming year.
And while all of that sounds amazing, that is not all Upper Darby Summer Stage has to offer. Summer Stage offers an Apprentice and Rising Stars which is for children after grades 5, 6 & 7. It allows for some theatre training and education as well as performance before the youth even get to children theatre. There is also a technical theatre program for youth interested in the behind the scenes aspects of theatre. In that program, the children will get hands on work behind the scenes in carpentry, lighting, sound and even working the shows. Summer Stage also offers a variety of programs in what they call Showcase which includes a Dance Troupe, A Cabaret and One Acts program. So as you see, just when you think you’ve seen everything at Upper Darby Summer Stage, theres more!
Luner on Theatre would like to wish a big Congratulations to anyone and everyone involved in Upper Darby Summer Stage as they win for their fourth consecutive time the award for Philly’s Best Theatre Group. I (Chris Luner) am very lucky enough to work at Summer Stage during the Summer and truly call this place my second home. I was lucky enough to have performed in the program for a few years and now work for it. I have met many of my best friends in this program and am lucky enough to be working side by side with them today in it. If I was to make one wish, it would be that everyone gets to experience the true magic of Upper Darby Summer Stage at some point in their lives. And whether you believe me or not, it will truly change your life. This theatre program is truly like no other. And if you don’t believe, Come Experience it. Upper Darby Summer Stage is like no other place in this world. Click here to check out the official Website for My Fox Philly details! For more information, check out Upper Darby Summer Stage’s Official Website.