Arden Gild Hall –  2126 The Highway, Arden, DE 19810
Driving Directions to the Gild Hall

Upcoming Shows:

Gilbert & Sullivan’s “Patience”
Stage Director: David Ben Leavitt
Music Director: Helene Furlong
April 27 – 28 and May 4 – 5, 2018 at 8pm /
April 29 and May 5, 2018 at 2pm at the Arden Gild Hall
Also: May 12, 2018 at 7:30pm at the
Smyrna Opera House

The Story:
Just one year ago the young ladies in the village were engaged to soldiers in the 35th Dragoon Guards, but they’ve since embraced “aestheticism” and have lost their hearts to the “fleshly” poet, Reginald Bunthorne.  In a private moment, Bunthorne reveals that he’s actually an aesthetic sham, but craves the attention he receives as a poet.  He’s in love with the simple village milk-maid, Patience.  When the Dragoon Guards arrive in the village on leave, they’re bewildered by the change of circumstances, and the equilibrium is further upset by the arrival of an “idyllic” poet, Archibald Grosvenor, who was a childhood friend of Patience.  With two poets as rivals, the Dragoon Guards determine to become “aesthetic”, too, if that’s what it takes to win the women’s hearts.  In typical G&S fashion everybody is paired with a suitable partner by the end of the play.  A light-hearted spoof of all who take their art a little too seriously, with many memorable Sullivan melodies!

Cast List for Patience

Robin Hood and the Singing Nun,
  a panto by Stuart Ardern
Stage Director: Ken Mammarella
Music Director: Helene Furlong
Nov. 10, 16 & 17, 2018 at 8pm /
Nov. 11 & 17, 2018 at 2pm at the Arden Gild Hall

The Ardensingers are really looking forward to presenting this raucous musical pantomime featuring heroic outlaws, wicked sheriffs, usurping princes, a company of nuns, and a running parody of a well-known musical.  Come out and cheer our heroes and hiss at the villains!  The show is appropriate for all ages, with humor ranging from the slapstick to subtle adult humor.

To current and prospective Ardensingers: This show requires a large, diverse cast, including motivated young actors.  Visit our Auditions Page for links to the script and other audition resources.

A read-through / sing-through of the show is planned for Weds. May 16, 2018, and auditions are planned for Tues. – Weds. June 19 & 20, 2018.  Rehearsals will be on Sunday afternoons from 2 – 4:30pm and Tuesday evenings from 7:30 – 10pm, starting after Labor Day.

General Information

To be added to our show or auditions mailing lists, please e-mail or phone John Trexler at (484) 319-2350. We’d also welcome assistance on our production and business committees, including trainees. Whether your interest is costumes, set design and construction, props, make-up, publicity, or some other aspect of theater, there’s a way you can help out.

Our mailing address is Ardensingers, P.O. Box 7575, Wilmington, DE 19803.