New Family Musical, NATE THE GREAT: Theatreworks USA at Upper Darby PAC

by Patricia Bradford

The cast members of the professional touring company from Theatreworks USA look for clues in the new family musical NATE THE GREAT at UD Performing Arts Center on March 9.

DREXEL HILL, PA – February 24, 2012 – NATE THE GREAT, the new family musical produced by America’s largest non-profit theatre company for family audiences, Theatreworks USA, comes to Upper Darby Performing Arts Center on Friday, March 9 at 7:30pm.

Tickets are $6-$9 (UDPAC members save $1 on each ticket) and can be purchased online at or by calling the box office, 610.622.1189. The one-hour performance with no intermission is ideal for children 5 years old and up. Upper Darby Performing Arts Center is located at 601 N. Lansdowne Avenue, Drexel Hill, PA and provides free parking.

Based on the beloved book series about a boy detective, the actors and crew of the professional touring company provide a fun and entertaining musical for all members of the family to enjoy.

Nate, the pint-size young detective has found lost balloons, books, slippers, chickens and even a lost goldfish. But when his neighbor Annie asks for help in locating her missing painting, it takes all of Nate’s derring-do to solve the toughest case of his career! Although Nate believes that great detectives work alone, he finds that unraveling mysteries is easier (and a lot more fun!) with a partner. And a big plate of pancakes!

Since 1961, Theatreworks USA has enlightened, entertained, and instructed over 72 million people in 49 states and Canada, now performing for about four million people annually. Theatreworks USA has a distinguished history of not only providing young audiences with their first taste of the performing arts, but also giving young actors, writers, directors, and designers an early opportunity to work in the theater field. A list of Theatreworks USA alumni reads like a veritable “who’s who” of theatre: four-time Tony-winning director Jerry Zaks, Robert Jess Roth (Beauty and the Beast), writers Marta Kauffman and David Crane (TV’s “Friends”), Lynn Ahrens and Steven Flaherty (Ragtime, Once on This Island). In addition, esteemed performers F. Murray Abraham and Henry Winkler, got their start with Theatreworks, and other actors have gone on to originate lead roles in such Broadway shows as Avenue Q, Hairspray, Young Frankenstein, Rent, Wicked, Jersey Boys, and many others.

“Our objective is to provide families with a means to enjoy quality theater together, at an affordable price,” says Harry Dietzler, Artistic and Executive Director of Upper Darby Performing Arts Center. “We have had a long and successful partnership with Theatreworks USA and we’re proud to offer their high-caliber performances to families from throughout the Delaware Valley.”

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