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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.