Upper Darby Summer Stage presents its Mainstage show Big Fish

the heartwarming musical about life lessons and new beginnings, August 2, 3, 9, 10 at Upper Darby Performing Arts Center

DREXEL HILL, PA | July 18, 2019— Upper Darby Summer Stage proudly presents the pinnacle of its season, the Mainstage production Big Fish, a highly fanciful and feel-good new musical about fatherhood, family, and forgiveness. Performances take place on August 2, 3, 9, 10 at 7:30 p.m. and August 10 at 1:30 p.m. at Upper Darby Performing Arts Center, 601 N. Lansdowne Avenue, Drexel Hill, PA. Tickets range from $16 to $20 and may be purchased at udpac.org or by calling the box office at 610.622.1189.

Based on the celebrated novel by Daniel Wallace and the acclaimed film directed by Tim Burton, Big Fishtells the story of Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman who lives life to its fullest … and then some.

Big Fishtells the tale of Edward Bloom (Chris Monaco of Drexel Hill), a man with a big heart and an even bigger imagination. Edward’s son, Will (Chris Murphy Smith of Philadelphia), has grown up on his father’s stories of kissing a mermaid, befriending a giant and meeting Will’s mother, Sandra (Sarah DeNight of Philadelphia) at a circus. However, now a grown man recently married and expecting a child with his wife, Josephine (Sabrina Follo of Springfield), Will has grown out of such tall tales. Will simply does not accept these stories and finds that he is drifting farther and farther away from his father. Is it possible for Will to accept Edward before his life is cut short or will their relationship simply flop? Big Fishreels in audiences of all ages through the magic of storytelling as Edward’s tales come to life on stage.  John Fioravanti of Conshohocken plays the larger than life giant, Karl, while Rachel Medori of Drexel Hill and Malik Muhammad of Drexel Hill play a witch and a circus ringmaster turned werewolf. Edward’s adventurous stories entertain while revealing a greater truth about his life and his big heart.

Overflowing with heart, humor and spectacular stagecraft, Big Fishis a musical that reminds us why we love going to the theatre – for an experience that’s richer, funnier and bigger than life itself.

Performances are approximately 2.5 hours, including intermission. Parking is free. For more information about Big Fish and Upper Darby Summer Stage’s 44th season visit udpac.org.

Since 1976 Upper Darby Summer Stage has presented a spectacular, full-scale musical Mainstage production. Aspiring actors ages 18-28 have the opportunity to audition. Mainstage members rehearse in the evenings during the summer, beginning in early June and culminating in performances in early August.

The Mainstage productions at Summer Stage have received outstanding reviews from press and patrons alike. Professional set, lighting, costume designers and full orchestra add to the magic each year. The heart, dedication, and passion of the actors make each show unforgettable.

The Upper Darby Performing Arts Center and Upper Darby Summer Stage are 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.


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