Today, Upper Darby Performing Arts Center and Summer Stage director Harry Dietzler announced that alumni Tina Fey, famed for her career in film and T.V’s Saturday Night Live, will come back to her hometown for a fundraiser for the school program that started Ms. Fey on her way to success. On August 16th, 2014, Fey will host an evening for the program which will include a viewing of her film, “Mean Girls” for its 10th Anniversary. The successful film was written by Fey and is loosely based on her experiences when she attended Upper Darby High School.
Summer Stage of Upper Darby is considered to be a very successful youth theater program. The Upper Darby performing Arts Center has seating for 1,650. The center is known as an exceptional performance facility that is suited for musicals, dance and theatrical productions. Its uniqueness are further accented by its diverse programs and an involvement by people of all ages that is a model for communities across the nation. Summer stage each summer has over 700 young people from in and around the Delaware Valley and then they participate in one of the programs. Participants range in age from 11 to 28. Created in 1976 Summer Stage has many notable alumni, including Fey, Tony award winning actor Josh Young, Monica Horan, who was a regular on the Everybody Loves Raymond Show, and many others who have been successful on stage, as a writer or on film.
Tina Fey, was born and raised in Upper Darby. After graduating from college, Fey traveled to Chicago to work in a career in comedy. She enrolled in the comedy training ground Second City, a renowned program where many Saturday Night Live (SNL) comedians got their start. In 1995, Saturday Night Live was Fey was offered a writing position by Lorne Michaels, the producer of SNL. A few years later, Fey was the head writer for SNL. Later, Fey would appear in skits and as the faux newscaster of Weekend Update on SNL. Her career continued with the release of Mean Girls, Baby Mama and the television show 30 rock. Fey went on to win EMMY’s for both writing and actress in a television comedy.
On a recent appearance on the Jimmy Fallon show, Fey was greeted with a hometown favorite, Pica’s pizza. The pizza was ordered and sent by train to the Fallon show and was a huge surprise for Ms. Fey. Pica’s Restaurant became on overnight sensation after 40 years with the appearance. It only proved that you can take the girl out of Upper Darby but you can’t take Upper Darby out of the girl.
Tickets for the ‘Mean Girls’ screening will be available which includes an exclusive meet-and-greet with Ms. Fey are $150 and include the movie screening, as well as participation in the question-and-answer session after the screening. Tickets to the screening and question-and-answer session only are $100. Tickets will go on sale on July 7 and may be purchased online at www.udpac.org.