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Welcome to the Arden Theatre Company blog, where we share behind-the-scenes stories and current happenings with you. You will hear from the Arden staff as well as actors and other visiting artists, and we hope to hear from you, too. If you have an idea for a topic, please post a comment about it. We can't wait to hear what you think!

By Bryan Kerr, Arden Professional Apprentice

Recently, we received an audio clip from one of our visitors on Opening Night of The Borrowers. She sat down with her daughter, Tori, who is 5 and talked a bit about the show they had just seen. Tori really enjoyed the show, especially Spiller and his battle with the wasp. And who doesn’t, am I right? As someone who has seen the show many times, that scene is quite the crowd pleaser and usually gets a rousing round of applause.

But she did have one question that was bothering her a bit. How did Eggletina escape? And how did her parents do the same when she realized she had left? What a great question! As she pointed out, we spend the whole play thinking that this awful thing has happened to this poor girl just to find out that she was able to make some fantastic escape…but how? Unfortunately, I can’t really answer that question. I know! You’re thinking that the whole reason I set this up is to answer questions just like this when you have them. True. But the answer to this question lies not in asking a director or someone who helped to build the set, or even with the person who wrote the story. No, the answer lies only in your own imagination.

So what I can answer for you is why the writer might have left this unanswered for us all to think about. As an aspiring writer myself, I know the value of not giving everything away to the audience. Readers and theatregoers alike need something to think about after the story is told. Something that they can fill in the blanks on, so to speak. Perhaps the writer offers up Arrietty’s story of adventure first in the hopes that those watching will pull from that to create a story of Eggletina’s amazing escape from the cat! The great thing about storytelling is how it continues beyond the actual story itself. It inspires us all to create more adventure, work through more conflict, and discover our own solutions…

Inspired by this idea, then, I offer up a few places to start some really great stories!

What was Spiller like as a little boy?

How could you make Mrs. Driver really happy?

Where would Arrietty go on her summer vacation?

The possibilities are endless! Start a story here for everyone to see and then finish it up on your own. Storytelling can be exciting, fun, and really easy if you just go for it!

By Bryan Kerr, >medicine Arden Professional Apprentice

With less than 24 hours between now and our first preview performance of The Borrowers, excitement is running rampant here at The Arden. Shouts and Nathan A. Roberts’ original music echo through the offices as the cast and crew iron out those final bumps. Foam scraps and glue litter backstage dressing rooms as Aaron Cromie, the show’s puppet designer, puts the final touches on the various puppets used throughout the show. With so much happening in the coming week, this apprentice is finding it hard to keep his nose to the grindstone at times. But when I think about what–and who–it’s all for, I jump back in with renewed energy and that passion that seems contagious here at The Arden. And part of what I want to do for all our patrons this children’s season is leave no question unanswered!

As part of a project I am working on, I will be gathering all those questions you have about our production and getting the answers you want and deserve. With only 10-15 minutes after each show to answer questions, we here thought that we would encourage you to keep questioning beyond the show. We’ve set up a special email to send questions to (askarrietty@ardentheatre.org) and encourage you to comment on the blogs posted with anything you want to know. No question is too small or to silly. After all, this show is about being small and silly! I’ll be posting something new every few days and checking for those questions every day so that we can get back to you quickly. So don’t hesitate, get excited for the show, and as always…keep the questions coming!

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