Our shows for the 2017 – 2018 Season:
|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 If you picked up a copy of the score at the read-through, some of the dialog parts were out of date.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:
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.
|Spring 2018 – Patience|
|April 27 – May 5, 2018
Stage Director: David Ben Leavitt
Music Director: Helene Furlong
|Audition materials will be available here soon. We’ll be using the Schirmer score. Tentative audition dates are Thursday and Friday Sept. 7 & 8, 2017.
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.
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:
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.