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Arden Theatre Company gift certificates now available
Give the gift of award-winning theatre this holiday season!

November 16, 2006

Philadelphia, PA - Gift the gift of award-winning theatre this holiday season! Arden Theatre Company gift certificates are available in any dollar amount and can be redeemed for performance tickets, behind-the-scenes Salons or Arden Kids' Crew theatre classes. Call Arden Theatre Company at 215.922.1122 to purchase today or visit

Consider a gift certificate for tickets to one of the following 2006/07 mainstage performances: Dex & Julie Sittin' in a Tree (January 11 to March 4, 2007); Caroline, or Change (March 8 to April 8, 2007); and Lookingglass Theatre Company's Lookingglass Alice (May 10 to June 10, 2007). Families with children ages 5 and up will love our children's theatre productions, The BFG (Big Friendly Giant) (November 29, 2006 to January 21, 2007) and Ferdinand the Bull (April 11 to May 13, 2007). Please see below for descriptions of our performances and educational offerings.


The BFG (Big Friendly Giant)
Nov 29 - Jan 21
By Roald Dahl
Adapted by David Wood
Directed by Whit MacLaughlin
On the Haas Stage
Journey with Sophie into Giant Country in Roald Dahl's beloved children's story

From the award-winning author Roald Dahl (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach) comes the beloved tale of The BFG, the Big Friendly Giant! Join the young orphan Sophie and the 24-foot Big Friendly Giant on their magical journey from Giant Country to Buckingham Palace, as they team up to save the children of England from menacing, decidedly unfriendly giants. The BFG is full of zany, mixed-up language, fantastical dreamscapes, and eye-popping puppets. Recommended for children ages 5 and up.

Dex & Julie Sittin' in a Tree
Jan 11 - Mar 4
By Bruce Graham
Directed by James J. Christy
On the Arcadia Stage
The poignant world premiere by Philadelphia playwright Bruce Graham, featuring Jennifer Childs and John Lumia

Featured in the Philadelphia New Play Festival: Where Theatre Begins, a program of the Theatre Alliance of Greater Philadelphia, February 8 - 18, 2007. Arden Theatre Company will present the world premiere of Dex & Julie Sittin' in a Tree by celebrated Philadelphia playwright Bruce Graham (Coyote on a Fence, The Philly Fan). College sweethearts Dex and Julie meet 25 years later. Memories of their romance are rich, and things heat up fast. Dex & Julie Sittin' in a Tree teams Bruce Graham with Philadelphia's brightest theatre stars: actress Jennifer Childs, for whom he scripted the role of Julie, electrifying actor John Lumia, and director James J. Christy, who has helmed nine other Graham plays.

Caroline, or Change
Mar 8 - Apr 8
Book and Lyrics by Tony Kushner
Music by Jeanine Tesori
Directed by Terrence J. Nolen
On the Haas stage
The extraordinary musical from Tony Kushner, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of Angels in America

Race, rage and civil rights are at the heart of this acclaimed, deeply personal story by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner (Angels in America). Drawn from Kushner's own Louisiana childhood, Caroline, or Change centers on Caroline Thibodeaux, a divorced, middle-aged African-American maid who works for a Jewish family in the suburban enclave of Lake Charles, Louisiana, in 1963. Blending blues, gospel, klezmer and traditional Jewish melodies, Jeanine Tesori's music provides the breathtaking medium for Kushner's provocative and powerful tale. Caroline, or Change was applauded by The New York Times as "an extraordinary new musical."

Ferdinand the Bull
April 11 - May 13
Based on The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson
Adaptation and lyrics by Karen Zacarias
Music by Deborah Wicks La Puma
On the Arcadia Stage
A hilarious musical romp about the bull who loves flowers

A classic tale of individuality set in 1930s Spain, Ferdinand the Bull is a hilarious, Flamenco-flavored family musical about a bull who doesn't want to fight and butt heads like all the other bulls: he just wants to take care of his beloved flowers. Young Duquito Danilo dreams of being a dancer, while his father - the belligerent Duque Dodó - plans to make Danilo a great Spanish bullfighter. When the Duque comes looking for the toughest toro for his son's bullfight in Madrid, he mistakenly picks Ferdinand. This fun, imaginative adaptation highlights messages of non-violence and uniqueness. Recommended for children ages 5 and up.

The Lookingglass Theatre Company production of
Lookingglass Alice
May 10 - Jun 10
By Lewis Carroll
Adapted and Directed by David Catlin
On the Haas Stage
Dazzling, daring theatricality and astonishing acrobatics inspired by the tales of Lewis Carroll

Chicago's Lookingglass Theatre Company returns to the Arden with Lookingglass Alice, the acclaimed smash called "nothing short of brilliant" in the Chicago Sun-Times. Audiences of all ages will be mesmerized by Lookingglass' signature style of visual storytelling filled with daring theatricality and astonishing acrobatics. Lewis Carroll's spectacularly surreal classics (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass) are brought vividly to life in this wildly imaginative production reminiscent of Cirque du Soleil.


SALONS: Behind-the-scenes discussion series
Come get up close and personal with Arden's favorite artists at our Salons! Salons are a lively, intimate way to get the inside scoop while sharing a glass of wine with the region's hottest professionals. Hosted by Arden Associate Artistic Director Amy Dugas Brown, you'll feel like you are at your own personal cast party! Salons are held from 6pm to 7:30pm weekdays throughout the season at Arden Theatre Company. For the Salon schedule, visit

ARDEN KIDS' CREW: Theatre classes, workshops, and camp for kids
Arden Kids' Crew, the roster of popular theatre classes for kids, provides fun, high-quality, interactive theatre classes that enliven imaginations and instill a lifelong love of theatre. Offerings include one-day workshops, four- and eight-week classes - perfect for any schedule! In the summer, Arden Theatre Company will offer three sessions of Summer Day Camp where children entering grades one through six partake in a week-long theatre intensive. For the Arden Kids' Crew schedule, visit

To purchase gift certificates, call Arden Theatre Company at 215.922.1122 or visit

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