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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!

We opened our latest production, Water by the Spoonful on January 22nd.  Sylvan Society members enjoyed a cocktail reception at the Hamilton Family Arts Center, including a delicious cheese spread courtesy of Wedge and Fig.  Guests braved the snowy weather to join us for the 7:00 PM performance, followed by a party in the Arden lobby with beer from Hatboro Beverages and tasty bites from JPM Catering.  Special guests in attendance included Philadelphia Councilwoman Maria D. Quiñones-Sánchez and other members of the playwright’s family.  Special thanks to our opening night sponsor, Harmelin Media.

 

On December 7th, help we held an opening night celebration for our Arden Children’s Theatre production of Sideways Stories from Wayside School! Families gathered in the Arden lobby and the Hamilton Family Arts Center prior to the show for food, >physician games and activities.  Thank you to Weavers Way for leading a craft with apples and Plate 3 Photography for hosting a fun photo booth! Check out Photobooth pictures on the Arden’s Facebook Page.

We partnered with Cradles to Crayons to host a collection of winter coats and school supplies.  We will be collecting items throughout the run of the show, >nurse so bring your donations when you come to the theatre! Following the performance, kids were treated to caramel apples and vanilla ice cream, courtesy of The Franklin Fountain.

Special thanks to our opening night sponsors: Harmelin Media, 12th Street Catering, Franklin Fountain, and Hatboro Beverages. Thank you also to our Production Sponsor PECO and our Arden Children’s Theatre Sponsor Comcast | NBC 10 | Sprout.

Here are photos from the evening!

We opened our production of Parade on Wednesday, October 2 to a packed house. Members of the Sylvan Society gathered at the Hamilton Family Arts Center to enjoy a pre-show reception, sponsored by Positano Coast. Following the performance, the entire cast, staff and audience celebrated at a reception sponsored by Hatboro Beverages, JPM Catering and Events, and Moore Brothers Wine Company.

Here are photos of our pre-show and post-show receptions!

Last night, >find members of our Sylvan Society and the Albert M. Greenfield Foundation Teen Council joined Arden staff and the cast of Parade for a special sing-through at the new Hamilton Family Arts Center. Guests dined with the artists before sitting-in on a special sneak peak sing-through of Parade in the Studio Theatre. Parade is the first full Arden Mainstage production to be rehearsed at the Hamilton in the Nancy J. Hirsig Rehearsal Hall.

 

Thank you to all who made this evening a great success! A special thank you to our event sponsors, Race Street Café and Moore Brothers Wine Company, for providing a wonderful dinner.

 

Parade runs on the Haas Stage from September 26th to November 3rd. Secure your seats today by calling the Box Office at 215-922-1122 or by clicking here.

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:

On June 1st, the Arden celebrated the 20th year of the Arden Professional Apprentice program with a reunion of the nearly 100 graduates of the program.  Apprentices from all over the country returned home to the Arden to toast this prestigious program, share memories of their time in the Arden’s history, and invest in the future of education at the Arden.

The day included the matinee of A Little Night Music followed by acknowledgements from Amy, Terry, and Brian Abernathy (APA Class 8 and current Arden Board President), an Arden and Old City-themed Scavenger Hunt, and ended with a cocktail party in the new Hamilton Family Arts Center.

Here are some photos from the day! 

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!

On April 13, >stuff we had a wonderful opening night for our Arden Children’s Theatre production of Pinocchio!

Special thanks to our opening night sponsors: 12th Street Catering, The Center for Art in Wood, Harmelin Media, Hatboro Beverages, Pixe?ation Photography,  and Philadelphia Stories, Jr. Thank you also to our Production Sponsor Comcast | NBC 10 | Sprout.

Here are photos from the evening, including photos from our “Create Your Own Disguise” Photobooth. You can also find the Photobooth pictures on the Arden’s Facebook Page.

Arden friends and artists gathered on March 13 to celebrate opening night of A Raisin in the Sun, Lorraine Hansberry’s classic play directed by Walter Dallas.

Members of the Sylvan Society joined together with Arden staff and The Albert M. Greenfield Foundation Teen Council for a pre-show cocktail party at Ristorante Panorama.  After the play, guests enjoyed a reception following the show catered by JPM Catering with beer and refreshments courtesy of Hatboro Beverages.

Thanks to Plate 3 Photography for photos of our post-show  party!

Arden friends and artists gathered Wednesday evening to celebrate opening night of Endgame, directed by Edward Sobel and our first foray into the world of playwright Samuel Beckett, a writer that transformed the way stories are told on stage.

Members of the Sylvan Society joined together for a pre-show cocktail party at Revolution House.  Nearly 200 audience members enjoyed the opening night performance on the Arcadia Stage, which was followed by a post-show discussion led by Endgame Assistant Director Suzana Berger and Arden Associate Artistic Director Matthew Decker.  Guests enjoyed a reception following the show catered by JPM Catering with beer and refreshments courtesy of Hatboro Beverages.

Thanks to Plate 3 Photography for photos of our post-show discussion and party!

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