Upper Darby Summer Stage presents its Mainstage show Big Fish

Upper Darby Summer Stage presents its Mainstage show Big Fish, the heartwarming musical about life lessons and new beginnings onAugust 2, 3, 9, 10 at Upper Darby Performing Arts Center


Upper Darby Summer Stage proudly presents the pinnacle of its season, the Mainstage production Big Fish, a highly fanciful and feel-good new musical about fatherhood, family, and forgiveness. Performances take place on August 2, 3, 9, 10 at 7:30 p.m. and August 10 at 1:30 p.m. at Upper Darby Performing Arts Center, 601 N. Lansdowne Avenue, Drexel Hill, PA. Tickets range from $16 to $20 and may be purchased at www.udpac.org or by calling the box office at 610.622.1189.

Based on the celebrated novel by Daniel Wallace and the acclaimed film directed by Tim Burton, Big Fish tells the story of Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman who lives life to its fullest … and then some.


Mainstage cast members of Upper Darby Summer Stage’s production of Big Fish (August 2, 3, 9, 10): Left to right: Chris Monaco (Edward Bloom) of Drexel Hill; Malik Muhammad (Amos Calloway) of Drexel Hill; Sarah DeNight (Sandra Bloom) of Philadelphia; Chris Murphy Smith (Will Bloom) of Philadelphia

Big Fish tells the tale of Edward Bloom (Chris Monaco of Drexel Hill), a man with a big heart and an even bigger imagination. Edward’s son, Will (Chris Murphy Smith of Philadelphia), has grown up on his father’s stories of kissing a mermaid, befriending a giant and meeting Will’s mother, Sandra (Sarah DeNight of Philadelphia) at a circus. However, now a grown man recently married and expecting a child with his wife, Josephine (Sabrina Follo of Springfield), Will has grown out of such tall tales. Will simply does not accept these stories and finds that he is drifting farther and farther away from his father. Is it possible for Will to accept Edward before his life is cut short or will their relationship simply flop? Big Fish reels in audiences of all ages through the magic of storytelling as Edward’s tales come to life on stage. John Fioravanti of Conshohocken plays the larger than life giant, Karl, while Rachel Medori of Drexel Hill and Malik Muhammad of Drexel Hill play a witch and a circus ringmaster turned werewolf.  Edward’s adventurous stories entertain while revealing a greater truth about his life and his big heart.

Overflowing with heart, humor and spectacular stagecraft, Big Fish is a musical that reminds us why we love going to the theatre – for an experience that’s richer, funnier and bigger than life itself.

Performances are approximately 2.5 hours, including intermission. Parking is free. For more information about Big Fish and Upper Darby Summer Stage’s 44th season visit udpac.org.

Since 1976 Upper Darby Summer Stage has presented a spectacular, full-scale musical Mainstage production. Aspiring actors ages 18-28 have the opportunity to audition. Mainstage members rehearse in the evenings during the summer, beginning in early June and culminating in performances in early August.

The Mainstage productions at Summer Stage have received outstanding reviews from press and patrons alike. Professional set, lighting, costume designers and full orchestra add to the magic each year. The heart, dedication, and passion of the actors make each show unforgettable.

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.

About Upper Darby Summer Stage:

Upper Darby Summer Stage is a national leader in creating outstanding performances for the community while empowering young people and entertaining families. Now in its 44th season the program presents six Children’s Theatre productions and a professional quality Broadway musical.

Summer Stage offers programs for students as young as 10 and up to age 28.  Upper Darby Summer Stage is not only a great place to see a spectacular show, but also a great place for students to grow as artists and as young people! Visit www.udpac.org  for more information.

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