Phone 610-814-7270

We offer a variety of full-day summer programs for participants.

Fourth through Seventh Grade – Performing StArts Programs

Eighth Grade and Up – Children’s Theatre, Technical Theatre, and Mainstage

Summer 2022 Dates

Children’s Theatre

  • Show 1: June 15th-July 8th
  • Show 2: June 21st-July 15th
  • Show 3: June 24th-July 22nd
  • Show 4: July 5th-July 29th
  • Show 5: July 12th-August 5th
  • Show 6: July 19th-August 11th

Performing StArts
Theatre Bugs, Magic Makers & Rising Stars

  • Performing StArts Session 1: June 21st-July 1st, 9:00am – 4:00pm
  • Performing StArts Session 2: July 5th-July 15th, 9:00am – 4:00pm

Technical Theatre (13-18 year-olds) – June 21st – August 12th

Mainstage (18 – 28 year-olds) Auditions: Monday June 6th, 2022

 

Scholarships available through Upper Darby Township

For young performers, fourth through seventh grade

Performing St★rts Programs

Upper Darby Summer Stage introduces children to the performing arts through its Performing Strts Programs. These classes teach the basics of singing onstage, musical theatre dance, acting, improvisation and storytelling through games and fun exercises taught by a qualified and supportive staff. Students are encouraged to develop their creative imaginations and learn to work together to create presentations for family and friends. Performing St★rts classes prepare Summer Stagers to perform in the Children’s Theatre program after seventh or eighth grade. 

All classes are at Archbishop Prendergast and Monsignor Bonner High School

UD Resident: $300
Scholarships available through Upper Darby Township for the first 400 residents to register for Summer Stage
Non-UD Resident: $400

 

 

Theater Bugs – finishing 4th grade

Calling all Performing “BUGS!” Have you ever wanted to be a first time Summer Stager? Well this is your chance to join our brand new FULL DAY Theater Bug program welcoming our newest Summer Stagers! As a Theater Bug you will explore the world of theater, develop your creativity and imagination, and discover new talents in four exciting theater classes (Acting/Improv, Storytelling, Music, Dance). The sky is the limit it comes to developing basic performing technique, building bright characters, playing theater games, and finding “your own unique voice” as a performer. This exciting program is the step one of three instructional programs that provide pivotal skills leading up to our Children’s Theatre program. We hope you will “Dig in” and “spread your wings” with us this summer!

Magic Makers Program – finishing 5th grade

Magic Makers further develops the techniques of singing, dancing and acting participants began utilizing in Theater Bugs! The Magic Makers program, which has expanded into a FULL DAY this season, will not only build upon techniques learned but expand to include learning theater terminology, getting a peek behind the scenes to see how a theater production works at Summer Stage, and rehearsing as a cast of storytelling players. At the end of their two week session, the Magic Makers will perform their very own Performance Showcase! This exciting program is the step two of three instructional programs that provide pivotal skills leading up to our Children’s Theatre program.

Rising Stars – finishing 6th or 7th grade*

Rising Stars takes the skills learned in both Theater Bugs & Magic Makers and combines them into the challenge of performing in a fully-staged musical for their family this summer. The Rising Stars, which has expanded into a FULL DAY program this season, works to fine tune characters, create theatrical worlds, and put storytelling to work through a professional script! This exciting program is the step three of three instructional programs that provide pivotal skills leading up to our Children’s Theatre program. Next Stop: Children’s Theatre!

*Students who have completed the Magic Maker program during the previous year may register for Rising Stars. New students must have completed 7th grade to participate.

For performers and technicians finishing 8th grade and up

Children’s Theatre, Technical Theatre, and Mainstage

 

Children’s Theatre – Finishing 8th Grade* through High School

We’ve got Magic Up Our Sleeve for all participants in our Children’s Theatre productions!

Children’s Theatre participants rehearse a fully staged and costumed children’s musical and will perform for thousands of people. Auditions are not required for participation but are necessary for leading roles. Membership in the Children’s Theatre program is open to students who are finishing 8th grade through 11th grade or who have completed the 2021 Rising Stars program. 

You will be assigned to a show and will have a 3-4 week schedule of rehearsals and performances. Rehearsals are held in the morning from 9 am to 12 (noon) and in the afternoons from 1 pm to 4:30 pm. There will be one Sunday rehearsal for each show. A detailed rehearsal schedule will be provided at the first cast meeting. While you may not be needed all day every day, we have worked to plan as many full day schedules as possible to maximize your time at the Performing Arts Center.

Participants will be assigned to a cast after registration and will be notified by mail the week of March 28th.
Please do not contact the Box Office for assignments.

Dance Troupe is now a separate registration. You may register for it after you complete this registration.

UD Resident: $300
Scholarships available through Upper Darby Township for the first 400 residents to register for Summer Stage
Non-UD Resident: $450

 

*Students who have completed the Rising Stars program are eligible to register for Children’s Theatre after 7th grade.  New students must have completed 8th grade

Technical Theatre – Finishing 8th Grade through High School

Members of the Technical Theatre Program are immersed in the backstage world of Summer Stage. Learning skills in carpentry, painting, sound, lighting and backstage management, technicians create scenery, props and special effects for our seven major productions. The Technical Theatre program is open to students who are finishing 8th grade or in high school.

UD Resident: $350
Scholarships available through Upper Darby Township for the first 400 residents to register for Summer Stage
Non-UD Resident: $450

Mainstage – ages 18+

The pinnacle of Summer Stage participation is the Mainstage Program. Open to performers 18 years or older, Mainstage raises the bar to a professional level in the production of a Broadway Musical. Reviewers have called Mainstage shows, “Virtually Perfect” and “Mesmerizing.” Auditions and a strong commitment to excellence are required of Mainstage performers.

Showcase Programs

There are a number of programs that are open to all Summer Stagers. These programs have rehearsals throughout the entire summer, culminating in performances at the end of the summer.

Dance Troupe – ages 11-25

Cabaret – ages 16-28

All Summer Stagers are invited to audition for these opportunities.

Upper Darby Summer Stage Shooting Stars – ages 13+

Children’s Theatre participants may audition for the Summer Stage Shooting Stars, a touring ensemble that rehearses and performs year ‘round for senior communities and in the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade, Disney World and community events. Auditions are required and take place in March. Strong dance and singing skills and an ensemble work ethic are necessary.

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