Dedicated to the child performer, instilling a love of theatre
while building leadership and community.
for the kids!
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.
Upstage Players is supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.
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.
2006 Guys N Dolls
2007 The Wiz
2008 Into the Woods
2009 Joseph and the Amazing Dreamcoat
2012 West Side Story
2013 Little Mermaid
2015 Once on This Island
2017 Fiddler on the Roof, Jr.
the best is yet to come!
West Side Story 2012
Little Mermaid 2013
UPSTAGE PLAYERS ~ We Work for the Kids! ~ (216) 862-8892 ~ firstname.lastname@example.org ~ 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
Live Broadway Children's Musical Productions