Tina Fey to Return to UD Summer Stage this Month

Tina Fey to Return to UD Summer Stage this MonthTina Fey returns to Upper Darby Summer Stage on August 16! Before there was "Second City," "Saturday Night Live," "Mean Girls" and "30 Rock," there was Upper Darby Summer Stage where Tina Fey acted and directed. Upper Darby Summer Stage is one of the nation's longest running and most successful Children's Theater programs and a valuable community asset. Summer Stage was recently named one of the eight best-known summer theater programs for young performers in the nation by Backstage.com.

Stage will kick-off its 40th season on August 16 with the fundraising event hosted by Tina Fey. Tickets are available to support the theater program with the purchase of a new sound system for the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center, an investment of approximately $300,000. Upper Darby Summer Stage was established in 1976 and welcomes over 700 young participants each summer and over 30,000 ticket-holders to the series of family-friendly musicals.

Tickets for the event include a 10th anniversary screening of "Mean Girls," loosely based on Tina Fey's experience at Upper Darby High School. The screening will be projected onto three large screens, strategically positioned for maximum viewing from all seats. The movie will be followed by a question-and-answer session with Tina. TV Guide Magazine Senior Writer and Summer Stage alum Damian Holbrook will moderate the Q & A. Tickets may be purchased by online: www.udpac.org or by calling the box office at 610.622.1189. Tickets are $40 - $100 and are tax deductible.

"Before the Emmy Award-winning actress, comedian, producer and writer became a household name, Tina Fey acted, directed, ushered and worked in the box office at Upper Darby Summer Stage," said Harry Dietzler, Executive Director. "Several of our current staff members were in productions directed by Tina." She paid tribute to Upper Darby Summer Stage in her NY Times best-selling book, "Bossypants." "As we move into our 40th year," said Dietzler, "We are pleased, excited and grateful that Tina is will help us with our goal to upgrade our audio capabilities as we continue to raise the bar on the level of family-friendly entertainment we offer the community."

Tina grew up in Upper Darby Township and attended Upper Darby High School. She made her movie debut as a writer and co-star in 2004 in "Mean Girls." She has won multiple awards including a Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, and Emmy Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series for her work in "30 Rock."

The event is a non-press event. 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.

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