Tina Fey returned to her ancestral homeland of Upper Darby on Wednesday, where she visited Upper Darby High School to film a promotional video for her Mean Girls musical on Broadway.
Fey paid a visit to the school from about 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dana Spino, manager of media services at Upper Darby School District, said. School staff escorted Fey and her group of about a dozen production staff members and friends through the school. Students did not know about the visit beforehand.
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“Both staff members and students were very pleasantly surprised. There was an exciting vibe in our building,” Spino said. “We were certainly happy to have her back.”
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A 1988 Upper Darby High School alum, Fey has said in the past that her time at the school loosely inspired the 2004 Mean Girls film. Her upbringing in Delaware County has also cropped up on Saturday Night Live, most recently in February, when she played a perfectly accented Colonial-era Philadelphian ahead of Super Bowl LII.
A special impromptu performance today from our Encore Singers for a special surprise guest!
Posted by Upper Darby School District on Wednesday, May 23, 2018
During her visit, Fey spoke for about 30 minutes with a small group of choir students who had previously gone to see Mean Girls on Broadway as part of a class trip. Fey, Spino said, found out about the trip, and coordinated a visit with the students through production assistants.
In addition to sitting down with students, Fey visited her former Summer Stage director Harry Dietzler, as well as her former chorus teacher, Barbara Benglian. Fey also took in a performance from the Upper Darby High School Singers, which she called “beautiful” in a Facebook video.
— Upper Darby SD (@UpperDarbySD) May 23, 2018
The visit comes following Fey’s turn at hosting SNL’s star-studded season 43 finale over the weekend. Previously, she stopped at Upper Darby High School in 2014 for a screening of Mean Girls, as well as a Q&A.
Debuting last month, Fey’s Mean Girls musical is currently up for 12 Tony Awards, including best musical, best book of a musical, best actress, and others.
Understandably, many Upper Darby High School students and staff members were excited at Fey’s surprise visit:
Just met #TinaFey at upper Darby high school and it was amazing omfg.. idc I’m was super hype and my kids didn’t even know who she was. Smh what is going on
— chelseawhiteside (@mschellbellz_) May 23, 2018
I ran past this lady earlier during broadcast, said hi cause i say hi to literally everyone, just to later figure out that she was TINA FEY i cry 😩
— sandra 😇 (@itssimplysandra) May 23, 2018
tina fey was at my school okay dang
— lesly | 36 (@Lesluuuuu) May 23, 2018
TINA FEY WAS AT MY SCHOOL!!!!!
— SarahBear (@SarahOertel) May 23, 2018
ok tina fey came to my school
— mara | WATCH OMB ON NETLFIX (@shyblackteen) May 23, 2018
When Tina Fey comes to your school in the middle of the day😱😱
— Sara Abbate (@SaraLynn0914) May 23, 2018
Some who showed up, however, were bummed they didn’t get the chance to meet her, despite showing up to school on Wednesday:
tina fey was at my school today and like she was literally in the chorus room two blocks before i had to go??? this is my luck???
— esha♡30 DAYS (@etherealjyh) May 23, 2018
— ✨ Z Prince 🏳️🌈 (@zprince_) May 23, 2018
Tina Fey, an alumni of my high school, is having an interview in our library right now, while I’m here, literally a floor below her playing literature games….
— Peter Pans Wifey ^.^ (@SelenaGbest) May 23, 2018
When Tina Fey is at your school and you can’t even see her 😭😭
— Izzy. (@velvethyung) May 23, 2018
While others just missed out on the opportunity entirely:
the day i don’t go to school i find out my concert choir got to meet Tina Fey lol it’s cool pic.twitter.com/pgnI92SkHg
— np 🌻 (@namiraprodhania) May 23, 2018
I miss ONE day of school and Tina Fey is there…LML
— Τουρτούρα (@katerina_nakos) May 23, 2018