OUR MISSION:
Dedicated to the child performer, instilling a love of theatre
while building leadership and community. 
We work
for the kids!

Behind the scenes of UpStage Players...

UpStage History

UpStage Players started in 1994 when a mother could not seem to find a place for her five daughters to belong, to fit in, to grow, and to thrive.

     So, together with her husband and daughters, Mrs. Bernadette Walsh created UpStage Players. The Walsh Family pulled their resources together and produced UpStage's first non-profit children's Broadway production, Camelot, at the Bratenahl Community Center.

      What started as a time of frustration for Mrs. Walsh  (because she could not find a welcoming group for her daughters) has evolved into a wildly successful, all-inclusive theatre company dedicated to instilling a love of theatre, while building leadership and community.

     Throughout the last 23 years, the Walsh family, parents, children, friends, and family members come together to create a live Broadway children's production every March.

     Past productions:

Photography: Anthony Gray at www.AGrayPhoto.com       Website: Kristi Ward at www.KristiWardCom.com

...thank you!

Upstage Players is supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.

1995 Camelot

1996 Annie

1997 Godspell

1998 The Wiz

1999 Fiddler on the Roof

2000 West Side Story

2001 Singing in the Rain

2002 Hello Dolly

2003 Jesus Christ Superstar

2004 Annie Jr.

2005 Grease

2006 Guys N Dolls

2007 The Wiz

2008 Into the Woods

2009 Joseph and the Amazing Dreamcoat

2010 Aladdin

2011 Seussical

2012 West Side Story

2013 Little Mermaid

2014 Godspell

2015 Once on This Island

2016 Shrek

​2017 Fiddler on the Roof, Jr.

the best is yet to come!

West Side Story 2012

Little Mermaid 2013

Seussical  2011

UPSTAGE PLAYERS  ~  We Work for the Kids!  ~  (216) 862-8892  ~  info@upstage-players.com  ~  VENUE ADDRESS  17109 Lakeshore Blvd., Cleveland, OH 44110


Throughout our 20 year history, we have always had strong support! Pictured here are members of our team from Aladdin, 2010.

Kris Walsh preparing the set, 2014

UpStage Players is sponsored by CAC (Cuyahoga Arts & Culture), Downtown Kiwanisand the Children's Guild

Live Broadway Children's Musical Productions