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For young performers, fourth through seventh grade:

Summer Stage Junior

Upper Darby Summer Stage introduces children to the performing arts through its Summer Stage Junior 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. Summer Stage Junior classes prepare Summer Stagers to perform in the Children’s Theatre program after seventh grade.

All classes are at Archbishop Prendergast and Monsignor Bonner High School

Theater Bugs

All participants completing 4th grade are eligible for Theater Bugs.

Calling all Performing “BUGS!” Have you ever wanted to be a first time Summer Stager? This is your chance to join our full-day Theater Bug program welcoming our newest Summer Stagers! As a Theater Bug you will explore the world of theatre, develop your creativity and imagination, and discover new talents in four exciting theatre classes (Acting/Improv, Storytelling, Music, Dance). The sky’s the limit when it comes to developing basic performing technique, building bright characters, playing theatre games, and finding “your own unique voice” as a performer. This exciting program is the first 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.

Session Dates:

  • Session 1: July 8 – 12 and July 15 – 19
  • Session 2: July 22 – 26 and July 29 – August 2 
Program Cost: $400
All Upper Darby/Drexel Hill Residents are eligible for an Upper Darby Township Scholarship.
There are no requirements or additional forms for scholarships. To be considered, select RESIDENT when registering

Magic Makers Program

All participants completing 5th grade are eligible for Magic Makers.

Magic Makers further develops the techniques of singing, dancing and acting that participants began utilizing in Theater Bugs! The full-day Magic Makers program will not only build upon techniques learned but expand to include learning theatre terminology, getting a peek behind the scenes to see how a theatre 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 second of three instructional programs that provide pivotal skills leading up to our Children’s Theatre program.

Session Dates:

  • Session 1: July 8 – 12 and July 15 – 19
  • Session 2: July 22 – 26 and July 29 – August 2 
Program Cost: $400

All Upper Darby/Drexel Hill Residents are eligible for an Upper Darby Township Scholarship.

There are no requirements or additional forms for scholarships. To be considered, select RESIDENT when registering.

Rising Stars

 

Participants graduating 6th grade who have participated in Magic Makers are eligible for Rising Stars.
 

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 family and friends this summer. The full-day Rising Stars program works to fine tune characters, create theatrical worlds, and put storytelling to work through a professional script! This exciting program is the third of three instructional programs that provide pivotal skills leading up to our Children’s Theatre program. Next Stop: Children’s Theatre!

Session Dates:

  • Session 1: July 8 – 12 and July 15 – 19
  • Session 2: July 22 – 26 and July 29 – August 2 
Program Cost: $400

All Upper Darby/Drexel Hill Residents are eligible for an Upper Darby Township Scholarship.

There are no requirements or additional forms for scholarships. To be considered, select RESIDENT when registering.

For performers and technicians finishing 8th grade and up:

Children’s Theatre, Technical Theatre, and Mainstage

 

Children’s Theatre – Finishing 7th 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 7th grade through 11th grade. 

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.
Please do not contact the Box Office for assignments.

Super Seniors (those who have participated in a prior year of Summer Stage but graduate high school in 2024) will be accepted into Children’s Theatre based on program availability. You will be notified by Summer Stage if you are officially registered for a show. Registering for this program does not guarantee you a spot.

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

Children’s Theatre First Show:
Program Cost: $450
All Upper Darby/Drexel Hill Residents are eligible for an Upper Darby Township Scholarship.
There are no requirements or additional forms for scholarships. To be considered, select RESIDENT when registering.
 
Children’s Theatre Second Show:

Program Cost: $400

All Upper Darby/Drexel Hill Residents interested in a second Children’s Theatre show are required to pay.
There are no scholarships available for second Children’s Theatre Shows.

*Students finishing 7th grade who are NEW to Summer Stage are not eligible to register for a second show.

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.

Program Cost: $400
All Upper Darby/Drexel Hill Residents are eligible for an Upper Darby Township Scholarship.
There are no requirements or additional forms for scholarships. To be considered, select RESIDENT when registering.
 

Mainstage – ages 16-28

The pinnacle of Summer Stage participation is the Mainstage Program. Open to performers 16 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.
Registration Cost – $35

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 TroupeAll Ages Welcome – $30 registration fee

Dance Troupe is a program that runs throughout the summer offering participants the opportunity to learn, polish and create dances from a variety of musical styles. Ranging from modern to hip hop, the program culminates in an exciting showcase performance during the final week of Summer Stage 

Summer Stories ages 18 – 28 – $25 registration fee

Summer Stories is an exciting initiative that brings to life Broadway style musicals in a concert style format. These productions, staged outside with minimal technical elements, invite our audiences to experience new stories unlikely to be seen on the Mainstage in an exciting new setting.

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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