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
Lead roles for the show were filled at auditions, held on Sept. 7 – 8, 2017, but we’d welcome additional singers for our Chorus, all voice parts, but particularly tenors and basses.  At this time we’re accepting most singers with prior choral experience.  Rehearsals will be Sundays from 2 – 4:30pm and Tuesdays from 7:30 – 10pm, starting on Sunday Jan. 28, 2018. If you’d like to know more, please contact John Trexler at (484) 319-2350, or send an E-mail.

We’ll be using the Schirmer score.  The Ardensingers will be selling copies of the score at cost, or you can order the score online yourself.

Our Board has agreed to cover the cost for rehearsal CDs (recordings of the individual chorus voice parts).

Additional information about the show is available from the G&S Archives website,

Steve Zimmerman recommended this YouTube link:

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


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.