Auditions

 Our shows for the 2017 – 2018 Season:
(Scroll down for information on our Fall 2017 show, A G&S Cinderella)

Spring 2018 – Patience
April 27 – May 5, 2018 in Arden / May 12, 2018 at the Smyrna Opera House
Stage Director: David Ben Leavitt
Music Director: Helene Furlong
Auditions will be held on Thurs. Sept. 7, 2017 at the Buzz Ware Village Center (Arden) and on Friday Sept. 8, 2017 at the Arden Gild Hall, 7 – 10pm each night.  Contact John Newport at jflnewport@yahoo.com or ph. (610) 388-7680 to reserve up to two 10-minute audition slots.

We’ll be using the Schirmer score. Audition resources:

Links to .mp3 recordings. Try “right-click” / “save target as” (or something similar) to save the file to your computer:

Rehearsals will be Sundays from 2 – 4:30pm and Tuesdays from 7:30 – 10pm, starting in late January 2018. If you’d like to know more, please contact John Trexler at (484) 319-2350, or send an E-mail.

Fall 2017 – A G&S Cinderella
Nov. 11, 17 & 18, 2017 at 8pm
Nov. 12 & 18, 2017 at 2pm
Stage Director: Sean McGuire
Music Director: Helene Furlong
Performers for the lead roles were identified at auditions on Sun. June 11 and Tues. June 13, 2017. We’d still welcome talented singers and actors for the Chorus, though – all voice parts, but particularly tenors and basses. Most singers with prior choral or musical theater background are being accepted at this time. Choral auditions are informal and will take place at an early rehearsal.

Rehearsals will be Sundays from 2 – 4:30pm and Tuesdays from 7:30 – 10pm, starting in September 2017. (There will be extra rehearsals in the week leading up to opening night.) Our first rehearsal, on Sunday Sept. 10th, is combined with our Annual General Meeting (AGM): 1pm – lunch / party, 1:45pm – AGM, 2:30pm – rehearsal. If you’d like to know more, or would like to join the Chorus, please contact John Trexler at (484) 319-2350, or send an E-mail.

Vocal Score (copyrighted material – for Ardensingers use only)

Hardcopies of the vocal score are available at cost, $15. If you picked up a copy of the score at the read-through, some of the dialog parts were out of date. We’ll replace those pages at no cost. If you’d like to print them out now:

  • Replacement dialog pages (This file includes only the dialog pages that have been updated. Add these pages to your binder, and cross out the out-of-date pages.)
  • Replacement dialog pages (Double-sided pages: For replacement of double-sided pages in your binders, rather than just adding in the revised dialog pages. This file includes pages with no changes, except for page numbering.)

Links to .mp3 Recordings (Note: The links are to the original G&S songs. Try right-clicking on the link, and look for a drop-down menu choice such as “Save target as” to save the .mp3 file to your hard-drive.)

We will be making rehearsal CDs for this show (i.e., recordings of individual voice parts)! The Ardensingers Board has agree to pick up the cost.

Miscellaneous Resource:

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. For insurance purposes, 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). We lead the singing of holiday songs prior to the arrival of Santa Claus.
  • We’ve also helped the ACRA Summer Day Camp.  In June 2013, we helped 35 day camp kids stage “With Cat-Like Tread” from Pirates of Penzance.
  • 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.

For those who find they need extra help in learning the music, you may want to consider purchasing a recording (brick-and-mortar store, Amazon.com, etc.) or downloading midi files. Archive.org is another source for free recordings. You can also purchase rehearsal midi files. These are recordings of your voice part only (Musical Solutions.com, Cyberbass.com).

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.