Drexel Hill United Methodist Church


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Our church players do not have plans for a production in 2013, but below are highlights from past musicals.

Secret Garden

DHCP Presents "The Secret Garden"

For our twenty-first production, the Drexel Hill Church Players are proud to present the Tony award-winning musical "The Secret Garden". Based on the children's novel written by Frances Hodgson Burnett the story of Mary Lennox, an 11 year-old orphan, has been read by generations of children. The show uses memories, flashbacks, and dreams to tell Mary's story and the stories of her Uncle Archibald, cousin Colin, and Aunt Lily. The gorgeous score done by Lucy Simon and the book and lyrics by Pulitzer Prize winner Marsha Norman should not be missed. Director Jason J. Michael has assembled a very talented cast to make the secret garden of Mary come alive on our stage this fall. Show dates are November 6,7, 13,14 at 7:30 pm and November 8 at 2 pm. Advance tickets will be $12 reserved and $10 general admission. To order tickets call 610-543-1011.

Secret Garden Photo

Seated - Annina Baker (Mary Lennox); standing L to R: Eric Thompson (Archibald Craven), Sara Nealley (Lily), Mark Thompson (Neville Craven)

Secret Garden Photo

L to R: Nancy Furey (Martha), Mark Watter (Dickon), and Chuck Longenecker (Ben)


The Drexel Hill United Methodist Church Players performed the Rodgers and Hammerstein production of Cinderella during November of 2008. This fairy tale came to life once again!

Contact person: David O'Connell, producer

Children of Eden

The Stephen Schwartz ("Wicked", "Godspell", "Pippin") musical "Children of Eden" came to the James Hall stage for two weekends in November, 2007. This play depicted the first 9 chapters of Genesis in a new and interesting way. The first act was the story of the creation and its aftermath. The title song closed the first act in a memorable, emotional way. The second act was the story of the flood and Noah's ark. Songs such as "Generations" , "Ain't It Good" and "In the Beginning" gave this act a whole new perspective to our world and the place of religion in it. Many came to see this moving portrayal of a Bible story by the Drexel Hill Church Players. This year's cast included many of the talented young people from the "Shooting Stars" and Upper Darby Summer Stage's production of "Ragtime" as well as favorites from previous DHCP shows.

Children of Eden cast

Contact person: David O'Connell, producer


Drexel Hill United Methodist Church Players' 2006 production of Seussical charmed many individuals and families. This year's production was directed by Jason Michael with musical direction by Tim Crawford. The Seussical shows took place on November 10, 11, 12, 17, and 18 of 2006. The performance location was at the Drexel Hill United Methodist Church, which is located at 600 Burmont Road, Drexel Hill, PA 19026.

A wonderful time was had by many!


Drexel Hill United Methodist Church Players' 2005 production of Honk! (based on The Ugly Duckling Musical) was enjoyed by all who came.

Honk! show times were November 11, 12, 18, & 19 at 8:00 pm and Sunday, November 13 at 2:00 pm.

A Guide to Musical Theatre - Honk!

History of the Drexel Hill Church Players

The Drexel Hill Methodist Church has a long history of community outreach through our theater program. The history of our church seems to exemplify the quote from the old Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney films, "Let's put on a show!" As far back as the 1940s church members have put on cabarets, plays, operas, and musicals that have entertained not only the members of the church but Drexel Hill and surrounding communities.

The tradition of shows began with many musical evenings put on by church members in the early days of one of the largest Methodist denominations in Delaware County. In the 1970s Lois Baker, the DHUMC choir director, began to put on full two act musicals including "Man of La Mancha", "Godspell", and "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" as well as using our children's choir in plays like "100 Percent Chance of Rain". In the 1980s and 1990s Shirley Sawhill, program coordinator at the time along with Pastor Herb Snyder, organized the Drexel Hill Church Players. During these years plays included: "Oliver", "The Wizard of Oz", "The King and I", "The Music Man", "Meet Me in St. Louis", "Pippin", "The Stingiest Man in Town", and "Finian's Rainbow". During these years many fine local actors have graced our stage as we wanted to extend our outreach to the community.

In 2004 the DHCP again continued this outreach with a December production of the classic Menotti opera "Amahl and the Night Visitors". This reinvigorated our group which led to last year's production of the British musical "Honk!" Last year's cast involved church and community members from the age of 6 to 69. We are very proud of the involvement of different generations and diversity in our casts and audiences.

The 2006 production of "Seussical the Musical" in November was a huge success. The talent and enthusiasm of the cast and crew involving over 40 persons brought to life the characters and stories of Dr. Seuss. We look forward to continuing our tradition in the coming years of bringing fun family entertainment to our community.

Part of our outreach with these performances is to help people through the Methodist Connectional Ministries. These ministries include : The Methodist Home for Children, Methodist Neighborhood Services, and the United Methodist Committee on Relief.

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