Tickets for the 44th season of Upper Darby Summer Stage now on sale

Drexel Hill, PA | May 28, 2019– Tickets for the 44th season of Upper Darby Summer Stage are now on sale. Entertaining over 34,000 ticket-holders every summer from throughout the metro region, Upper Darby Summer Stage is known as one of the most successful and longest running youth theatre programs in the country. Performances begin on July 10 and run through August 16, providing young and old with quality entertainment at an affordable price.

Upper Darby Summer Stage offers a total of seven family-friendly shows during the months of July and August. There are six Children’s Theatre shows, each an hour long, designed for kids and their families. There is one Mainstage show that offers Broadway-quality theater for adults and teens. The Mainstage show features adult performers up to the age of 28, and includes a live orchestra. 

Performances take place at Upper Darby Performing Arts Center, 601 N. Lansdowne Avenue, Drexel Hill, PA. Tickets for Children Theatre shows are $9 – $13 and tickets for the Mainstage show are $16 – $20. Tickets may be purchased online at or by visiting or calling the box office at 610.622.1189.

Children’s Theatre performances open on July 10 and end on August 16. Show titles are Disney High School Musical, Jr.; Seussical Jr.; Disney Frozen Jr.; Honk! Jr.; Elliotand the Magic Bed;and Willy Wonka, Jr. Shows take place every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday morning at 10:30 am and on Thursday nights at 7:30 pm.

The Mainstage show is Big Fishand is geared toward adults and teens. The show dates are August 2, 3, 9 & 10 at 7:30 p.m. and August 10 at 1:30 p.m.

Artistic Director Harry Dietzler remarked, “Since 1976 Upper Darby Summer Stage has set a very high standard for excellent live musicals performed by young people. Our vision includes creating the best possible performances for family audiences while the young students in the program – over 800 from throughout the Philadelphia region – are empowered by the creativity and commitment of our professional staff.” 

Over 100 Summer Stage staff members who are professional directors, choreographers, costumers, and technicians are committed to providing excellent musical theater training for the students and high-quality performances for families.

Summer Stage and Upper Darby Performing Arts Center have been recognized three consecutive years as the “The Best Children’s Theater” by Main Line Parent Magazine. HulaFrog recently recognized Upper Darby Performing Arts Center was as the “Most Loved Place to Go” within the Philadelphia region. Founder and Executive Director, Harry Dietzler received the Barrymore Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts and Mr. Dietzler received an Honorable Mention in the Tony Award’s Excellence in Theater Education Awards, the only theater teacher in the state of Pennsylvania to be recognized out of a field of over 3,000 applicants.


Since 1976 Upper Darby Summer Stage has been empowering young people and entertaining families.  Each summer over 750 students participate and over 34,000 ticket-holders enjoy the performances. The mission of Upper Darby Summer Stage is to encourage young people to develop the magic of their talents, personality and energy, and to share that magic with our audiences through outstanding theatrical performances for the entire family. The Upper Darby Performing Arts Center is jointly sponsored by Upper Darby Township Mayor and Council and the Upper Darby School District Board of School Directors through the Department of Recreation and Leisure Services.

Press Release: For Immediate Release

Contact: Lauren Stevenson Yacina | [email protected] | 610.506.1355

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