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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!

On Friday, June 7th, over 250 guests gathered for a sneak peek of the new Hamilton Family Arts Center for the 25th Anniversary Granfalloon. The evening honored the Arden’s eight past board presidents: Kate Allison, Sheila Kutner, Lynn Haskin, Hether Smith, Tom Butler, Lee van de Velde, David Fryman and Ellen Foster. The event grossed over $175,000 in support of the Arden’s programming.

Enjoy this video of the evening:

And find yourself in our photo slideshow:

In anticipation of the upcoming 25th anniversary Granfalloon, >illness Co-Chairs June and Steve Wolfson hosted a fabulous Preview Party in their home on April 24th. The evening included delicious wine and dinner and a special performance from Alex Keiper who will appear in our upcoming production of A Little Night Music. Guests included Granfalloon sponsors, Host Committee and this year’s honorees – past presidents of the Arden’s Board of Directors.

Join us on Friday, June 7th to celebrate the Arden’s 25th anniversary!

In honor of our anniversary season, we held a one-night-only 25th Anniversary Concert on Monday, November 5th at 7 pm. Celebrating 25 years of Arden musical theatre, this event featured a number of fabulous Arden artists and was a fond look-back on favorite Arden musicals including Baby Case, Sunday in the Park with George, and A Year with Frog and Toad.

Big thanks to all of the talented artists who donated their time to make this event great: Griffin Back, Billy Bustamante, Jeff Coon, Ben Dibble, Eric Ebbenga, Liz Filios, Krissy Fraelich, Anne Robinson Frey, Gary Giles, Robert Hager, Joilet Harris, Mary Martello, Tom McCarthy, Michael Ogborn, Steve Pacek, Linda Pierson, and Ann Pinto. The concert raised over $15,000 in support of our anniversary season – thank you!

Here are some photos from the performance and post-show champagne toast!

All photos by Mark Garvin.

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