Arden Gild Hall – 2126 The Highway, Arden, DE 19810
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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
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!
Look for ticket sales information here in early March.
Auditions were held in September for the show, but we’d still welcome additional singers and actors for the Chorus. Rehearsals start in late January. Visit our Auditions Page to find out more about joining the Chorus.
Robin Hood and the Singing Nun,
a panto by Stuart Ardern
Stage Director: Ken Mammarella
Music Director: Helene Furlong
Nov. 10, 17 & 18, 2018 at 8pm /
Nov. 11 & 18, 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, 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. We’re in the process of “American-izing” the script, but the published Robin Hood and the Singing Nun script can be reviewed online. Additional information will be posted to our Auditions Page in the coming months.
We expect to hold auditions in late June 2018. For those wanting to get a better feel for what the show is about, we expect to hold a read-through of the show in late May.
To be added to our show or auditions mailing lists, please e-mail email@example.com 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.