Upper Darby Summer Stage all set for another incredible summer


Since 1976 Upper Darby Summer Stage has set a very high standard for live musicals performed by young people. With an artistic vision that includes creating the best possible performances for family audiences, the young people in the program are empowered by the creativity and commitment of the professional staff.

The Mainstage production is the highlight of the season as young adult participants, Summer Stage staff and alumni perform in the Philadelphia regional premiere of the new musical “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.” The epic musical is based on the classic Victor Hugo novel and the Walt Disney Animation Studio film of the same name.

The family series of summer performances includes seven high-caliber musicals presented in six weeks, showcasing the talents of young performers from throughout the Delaware Valley.

Performances begin on July 5 and end on August 11. The shows take place at Upper Darby Performing Arts Center, 601 North Lansdowne Avenue, Drexel Hill, PA. Tickets for the season go on sale to the public on May 23rdand audiences may visit www.udpac.org or call the box office at 610.822.1189 to purchase tickets.

Summer Stage Children’s Theatre series features high-energy productions appropriate for audience members aged four and up.  For the youngest theatre-goers who may have difficulty enjoying the show quietly, we offer free babysitting!

The Mainstage production – “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” Victor Hugo’s epic tale of hope, love and passion – soars to life in the emotionally charged retelling of the celebrated classic. The season’s Mainstage show is the pinnacle of the Summer Stage season and will be an epic, full-scale production with full orchestra and on-stage adult choir. It will offer top-production value that will appeal to everyone who loves musical theater. The cast includes young people up to the age of 28 years old. Performances are July 28, 29, August 4, 5 at 7:30 pm, with matinees on July 29 and August 5 at 1:30 pm.

Mainstage 2016: “Nice Work If You Can Get It.”

In addition to the Mainstage production, Upper Darby Summer Stage presents six, one-hour long children’s theater musicals including “Annie, Jr.,” “Madagascar, A Musical Adventure, Jr.,” “Shrek, Jr.,”How I Became a Pirate,” “Curious George, The Golden Meatball,” and Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast, Jr.” All Children’s Theater shows are perfect for children age four and up and are approximately sixty minutes long. Performances begin on July 5 until August 11 with performances every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 10:30 am and on Thursday evenings at 7:30 pm.


Annie, Jr.

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.

JULY 12, 2017 – JULY 14, 2017

Madagascar, A Musical Adventure, Jr.

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!”

JULY 19, 2017 – JULY 21, 2017

Shrek, The Musical, Jr.

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.


JULY 26, 2017 – JULY 28, 2017

How I Became 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!

AUGUST 02, 2017 – AUGUST 04, 2017

Curious George and 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!

AUGUST 09, 2017 – AUGUST 11, 2017

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 its season with an all time favorite!