For the second consecutive year, the Upper Arlington Civic Association has organized a free evening of dinner and theater for local senior citizens.
Registration for the second annual UA Stage will begin Jan. 21. The evening is open to all Upper Arlington seniors age 65 and older.
The event, which is back after organizers dubbed last year's inaugural UA Stage a rousing success, will take place from 4:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, at Upper Arlington High School.
It will feature a free dinner and a performance of In the Heights, a musical about life in the mostly Dominican-American neighborhood of New York City's Washington Heights. The show is based on a book by Quiara Alegria Hudes.
The production will be staged by students in UAHS' Vocal Musical Group. UA Stage will serve as a final dress rehearsal before they perform for the general public Feb. 20-23 at UAHS.
This year, UA Stage is open to the first 400 registrants. Last year, 300 seniors were served. The registration deadline is Feb. 7, but organizers encourage those planning to attend to sign up early.
"It was so successful last year that we were at maximum capacity," said Lesley Carmichael, a UACA director in charge of UA Stage. "So we've added the second cafeteria at the high school.
"Last year, registration filled up within the week. We've upped it from 300 to 400 and we expect it to fill up pretty quickly."
Registration for UA Stage can be completed online at https://parks.uaoh.net, or by calling 614-583-5320.
UA Stage was established by the UACA's more than 25 directors in 2013, who sought to give back to local seniors with a free dinner and an evening of entertainment.
Although sponsored by the UACA, the event is put on in partnership with UAHS, which provides the facilities and entertainment for the evening, and the Upper Arlington Parks and Recreation Department, which handles registration.
First Community Village will cater the event, and UACA directors will act as waiters and waitresses.
"We're so thrilled the Vocal Musical Group at the high school was willing to do this and that First Community Village brings in all the food," Carmichael said. "We're also grateful to (Upper Arlington) Parks and Rec for helping with the registration.
"It's kind of a win-win for everybody."
Additional information about UA Stage is available at www.uaca.org, and at https://parks.uaoh.net.