The Upper Arlington Civic Association's annual tribute to the community's senior citizens returns next month, with the eighth installment of UA Stage.
Every year since 2013, the UACA has partnered with Upper Arlington High School's Vocal Music department to present a free night of dinner and theater to up to 400 Upper Arlington Senior Center members and other residents at least 60 years old.
This year, UA Stage will be Feb. 19 at the high school, 1650 Ridgeview Road, with dinner at 5 p.m. and a performance of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Cinderella" by the students.
Although the event is free, registration is required. Registration has been reached, Erin Derryberry-Mason, UA Stage director, said Jan. 31.
Registration may be completed by calling 614-583-5320 or in person at the Senior Center, 1945 Ridgeview Road, or at the Upper Arlington Parks and Recreation Department, 3600 Tremont Road.
"Last year, for 'Mama Mia,' was the first time for me to do it, and I'm going this year to 'Cinderella,' " said Cindy Kent, a member of the UA Senior Center. "I loved it, and I am so amazed at how well they perform and the talent the high school kids have."
"UA Stage has been in effect since 2013 and provides an opportunity for seniors in Upper Arlington to see the yearly high school play while being catered to a free meal," Derryberry-Mason said. "Year after year, the community continues to embrace this event. We pack the house for dinner and the performance.
"We continue to host this event for our community seniors. We do it for them."
Before the performance, attendees will receive a dinner of lasagna, salad, breadsticks, coffee and a cookie provided by First Community Village.
"The tickets go very quickly," Derryberry-Mason said. "So once we post our link, we do have a certain number of seats that are available through parks and rec.
"There is no wait list for this event."
In addition to giving back to seniors through UA Stage, Derryberry-Mason said the event helps spotlight the talents of the program's students.
The UACA donates money annually to the UA Vocal Music department and provides three scholarships to students in the group each year.
"This event benefits both the students and the community senior members by offering cross-generational opportunities in both performance and interpersonal interactions," said Lydia Smith-Lockwood, UA Vocal Music director. "This performance is our dress rehearsal, so the understanding from the audience perspective is there may be a need to stop the performance.
"However, the expectation for the students is that they treat this performance as a performance and it gives them the opportunity to hone in on their skills pre-ticketed events."
The UA Stage performance is a prelude to the presentation of "Cinderella" at UAHS at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20-22 and at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 23.
"Upper Arlington has a long and rich history, and it is important to celebrate those who have lived it and those contributing to it," Derryberry-Mason said. "As a community, we want to include and celebrate all members.
"This event gives thanks to our seniors and gives a stage to our students -- a wonderful combination. I hope that our attendees have a fabulous evening and feel appreciated (and) I hope that the UA Vocal Music performers have a fantastic dress rehearsal."