Upper Darby Summer Stage Season Begins
"Annie, Jr.," is the first of six shows by pre-teen and teenage performers this summer.
The 42nd season of Upper Darby Summer Stage opened July 5 with Annie, Jr., a family favorite with classic songs like “Tomorrow,” “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile,” and “It’s the Hard Knock Life.”
Adapted from the Tony Award-winning Best Musical, Annie, Jr. revolves around friendship and positivity. Set in New York City in the 1930s, little orphan Annie (Katie Till of Newtown Square) searches for her parents, who left her in the hands of the nasty Miss Hannigan (Kristina Goldhorn of Marple). With the help of her friends, kindness prevails and Annie finds a home with Oliver Warbucks (Dylan Rooney of Springfield), his secretary, Grace Farrell (Rylee Curry of Upper Darby), and their dog Sandy (Molly Murphy of Havertown).
“The show itself asks the question: Can positivity and a sunny disposition take you through hard times?” said director Bonnie Baldini of Drexel Hill. “A lot of people will really resonate with that message and Annie’s enduring spirit, connecting with others to support the underdog.”
The show runs through July 7.
Summer Stage is a theater program for children and teens that’s part of the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center. The youngest kids are 11, and the center’s Mainstage productions feature adults up to age 28, too.
Other shows coming to the Upper Darby Summer Stage this season are Madagascar, A Musical Adventure, Jr. from July 12 through 14, Shrek, The Musical, Jr. from July 19 through 21, How I Became a Pirate from July 26 through 28, Curious George and The Golden Meatball from August 2 through 4, and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Jr. from August 9 through 11.
Each show lasts one hour with no intermission and is recommended for all ages. Before the shows, children are encouraged to attend a meet-and-greet with the characters for pictures and autographs.
Tickets cost between $8 and $12 depending on the show time. Members of the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center save $1. Buy tickets online or call the box office at 610-622-1189.
The Upper Darby Performing Arts Center is located at 601 N. Lansdowne Avenue.
Photograph by Cate R. Paxson, courtesy of Upper Darby Performing Arts Center.