Fall 2018 –
Robin Hood and the Singing Nun,
a pantomime by Stuart Ardern
Nov. 10, 17 & 18, 2018 at 8pm
Nov. 11 & 18, 2018 at 2pm
At the Arden Gild Hall
Stage Director: Ken Mammarella
Music Director: Helene Furlong
This show is a raucous musical pantomime featuring heroic outlaws, wicked sheriffs, usurping princes, a company of nuns, and a running parody of a well-known musical (okay – it’s the the Sound of Music). Pantos are standard holiday fare in Great Britain and, increasingly, elsewhere around the world.  Audience participation is encouraged. The show is appropriate for all ages, with humor ranging from the slapstick to subtle adult humor.

There are many named parts, for both men and women, with some parts appropriate for young actors.  See our preliminary Character Guide for more information:

The show is being American-ized some.  We’re also adding some music, and adding some harmony parts to the music provided with the show (usually two-part harmony).

Note: This is a copyrighted work, and only those interested in participating in the Ardensingers November 2018 show are authorized to have copies of the script:

Mark your calendars! – –

  • Weds. May 16, 2018 at 7:30pm: Read-through / sing-through of the script
  • Tues. – Weds. June 19 & 20, 2018, 7 – 10pm: Auditions

Hard-copies of the vocal score will be available at the read-through (cost < $10).

Audition selections will be identified in the coming weeks.

Rehearsals will be Sundays from 2 – 4:30pm and Tuesdays from 7:30 – 10pm, starting after Labor Day. If you’d like to know more, or to be added to our auditioners contact list, please contact John Trexler at (484) 319-2350, or send an E-mail.

To assist people in learning the music, we’ll be making voice part recordings of all the Chorus music.  .mp3 recordings and/or rehearsal CDs will be available at no cost.

Ardensingers Chorus and Orchestra

Typically, the Ardensingers perform two shows per year, one in the Fall (recently, over the two weekends before Thanksgiving), and one in the Spring (two weekends in late April / early May). The Spring show is one of the standard works of Gilbert & Sullivan, and casting is by formal audition (September / October). There’s no set format for the Fall show, although it’s sometimes been G&S-related.  Some of our recent Fall shows have been pantos, and casting has been by formal audition. The Fall shows often have more roles, so there may be solo / ensemble performing opportunities for capable actors and singers who don’t get cast in the Spring show. The Ardensingers are actively seeking musically- and theatrically-inclined men and women, including students 16 and older, as leads and for the Chorus. Younger students may be considered, particularly if a parent is also involved in the production. Prospective Ardensingers Chorus members will be asked to audition by performing a short piece of his or her choosing. At the present time, we’re accepting most singers who have prior choral experience. Rehearsals are on Sunday afternoons from 2 – 4:30PM and on Tuesday evenings from 7:30 – 10PM. Good attendance is a prerequisite for continued participation. We take a break for refreshments about half-way through rehearsal. All stage performers are required to become members of the Arden Club (annual cost of $20, less for seniors and students). The Ardensingers is one of a number of “gilds” that belong to the Arden Club, which is responsible for maintenance and operation of the Gild Hall, our performing venue.  The Ardensingers also take part in other activities during the year:

  • The Arden Fair is held every year on the Saturday before Labor Day. It’s the Club’s biggest fund raiser. The Ardensingers sponsor the Beer / Wine booth at the Fair, and we encourage all able-bodied members to help out at the booth, or in some other capacity, at the Fair.
  • The Ardensingers sponsor at least one of the Dinner Gild community dinners (Saturdays, from October to May). This involves planning a meal and cooking for ~100 diners.
  • The Arden Community Recreation Association (ACRA) sometimes asks for our help at their annual holiday party (2nd Sunday in December) or at their Summer day camp.
  • We’ve occasionally sung the Star-Spangled Banner at Wilmington Blue Rocks baseball games.

Vocal scores can be purchased at cost from the Ardensingers. For the standard G&S shows, we’ll typically use the Schirmer edition. Contact John Trexler, as directed below, to reserve a copy.

In recent years we’ve been making rehearsal CDs (recordings of individual chorus voice parts) to help our Chorus members learn their music.

There may occasionally be openings for the Ardensingers Orchestra, which takes part in the Spring show, and occasionally the Fall show. Rehearsals are on alternate Saturday mornings from 9 – 11:30AM.

For additional information about joining the Chorus or Orchestra, or to be added to our auditions mailing list, please contact John Trexler at (484) 319-2350, or send an E-mail.