Elliot and the Magic Bed comes to Upper Darby Summer Stage: August 7, 8, 9

A boy with a runaway imagination takes audiences

on a magical journey!

Upper Darby Summer Stage presents Elliot and The Magic Bed, the story of a boy with an endless imagination who uses his magical bed to travel to lands of pirates, mermaids and sorcerers. Performances are August 7, 8 and 9 at 10:30 a.m. and August 8 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $9 – $13 and can be purchased online at www.udpac.org or by calling the box office at 610.622.1189. Children are invited to arrive early for fun pre-show activities and stay after the show to meet cast members! Elliot and the Magic Bed runs a little over an hour and is ideal for ages four and up Free babysitting is offered for those who are too young to enjoy the show quietly. 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.

Elliot and the Magic Bed was created by Summer Stage alumni Marcus Stevens and Brian Lowdermilk, (both originally from Wallingford, PA) in 2003 and has become an audience favorite at Summer Stage. Stevens, who created the original story, book and lyrics, recently opened a new musical in London, Mythic. Lowdermilk wrote the music and is a popular New York composer (part of duo Kerrigan-Lowdermilk) of several musicals including Rosie Revere, Engineer, currently touring throughout the United States.

Upper Darby Summer Stage cast members of Elliot and the Magic Bed prepare for performances on August 7, 8, and 9. From Top, Clockwise: Luke Branes-Huff of Wallingford plays Basil Gruesome, Kenneth Bruce of Drexel Hill plays Greenbeard the Pirate, Ali Buchanan of Upper Darby is Elliot, and Genevieve Bruce of Drexel Hill plays Elliot’s mother. Photo by Jim Mergliano

In the show Elliot (Ali Buchanan of Upper Darby) has a wild imagination that often gets him in trouble in school. He decides to escape reality for a bit and go on an adventure.  Alongside his mom (Genevieve Bruce of Drexel Hill), the two travel through mystical lands making friends with mermaids, wizards, and a pirate (Kenneth Bruce of Drexel Hill) all while on a quest to retrieve a magic clock from the dark sorcerer, Basil Gruesome (Luke Branes-Huff of Wallingford). Through his adventures, Elliot learns that although his imagination may appear fantastic, there really is no better place than with the ones you love.

Director and Drexel Hill resident, Chris Monaco, said, “Elliot and the Magic Bed is, at the heart, a story about the everlasting bond between parent and child. The show encourages us to let our creativity run wild – and it honors the importance of the dreams of a child. Elliot and his mother meet mermaids who jam out, wizards whose spells backfire, and pirates who polka as they travel through Elliot’s imagination, holding tight to one another and learning to appreciate the time we are given.”

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. This year’s Mainstage production is Big Fish playing five performances on August 2, 3, 9, and 10.

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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