Upper Darby Summer Stage Opens Season with THE CIRCLE OF LIFE Today

Upper Darby Summer Stage Opens Season with THE CIRCLE OF LIFE Today

A musical tribute to Walt Disney will open Upper Darby Summer Stage's 39th season with a bang when 'The Circle of Life' hits the stage today, July 9, 10, and 11 at 10:30 a.m. and on July 10 at 7:30 p.m. at the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center.

The musical concert will spotlight the best of Disney songs from the stage, screen and Disney World. A huge cast and many soloists will perform songs from The Lion King, Mary Poppins, Toy Story, Frozen, Princess Sofia and many more.

Tickets for the 60 minute performances are $7 - $10 and can be purchased online at www.udpac.org or by calling the box office: 610.622.1189. The Upper Darby Performing Arts Center is located in Drexel Hill, at 601 N. Lansdowne Avenue, minutes from the Main Line and Center City. Parking is free.

Young audience members are invited to come early to the morning performances to participate in fun pre-show activities and stay after the show to meet cast members. "The Circle of Life" is ideal for ages three and up and free babysitting is offered for those who are too young to enjoy the show quietly.

"The songs we selected for this musical showcase are performed by characters who are always willing to take on more, dream big, and who are ready for wherever life takes them," said Jeff Dietzler, Director. "The show is a reflection on the positive lessons Disney has taught us. That includes always being ready for an exciting journey, and being open and willing to learn along the way."

Bringing several recent Disney characters into the show, featured soloists include Farrell McVay of Villanova as Merida from the Oscar-winning movie Brave. The show will continue with Sofia the First played by Emma Barrera of Upper Darby. "The Circle of Life" will also feature Jake and the Neverland Pirates with Mark LaVecchio of Drexel Hill as Jake. Zoe Hunchak of Springfield will play Elsa while singing "Let it Go" from the most recent Disney blockbuster, Frozen.

Audience members are invite to contribute to the "To Fill the World with Love" toy/book drive at the show and receive a chance to win a train set provided by Bachmann Trains. Upper Darby Summer Stage is partnering with Bachmann Trains and the Delaware County Library System for the season, encouraging audience members to bring new toys and/or books to the shows. Items will be donated to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and drop-off bins will be located on site.

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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