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Arden Theatre Company presents Sleeping Beauty
By Charles Way Directed by Whit MacLaughlin December 5, 2007 - January 27, 2008 On the Haas Stage Originally commissioned and produced by the Polka Theatre, Wimbledon London in 1993
Arden Children's Theatre celebrates ten years of award-winning family productions
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November 7, 2007

Philadelphia, PA - Arden Theatre Company will present Sleeping Beauty December 5, 2007 through January 27, 2008. Sleeping Beauty is proudly sponsored by PECO and the entire 2007/08 season is sponsored by PNC Bank. Join us at our award-winning theatre in the heart of vibrant, historic Old City Philadelphia and find out why Philadelphia Magazine declared the Arden "The Best of Philly" for children's theatre this year (for the third time!) and the Please Touch Museum presented the Arden with a "Great Friend to Kids" award!

Show description:

Once upon a time... get ready! Here comes a modern, funnier version of one of your favorite tales.

Meet our unconventional Princess, a girl named Briar Rose who is good at everything from spelling to dancing to sword fighting. She is shielded from the evil witch Modron by a magical half-dragon Gryff, a scatter-brained good witch Branwen and her hovering, over-protective parents. Prince Owain is her best friend, a regal boy with standard princely attributes minus the talent and confidence.

This is a contemporary twist on the story you grew up with, right through to the happily-ever-after. In between is a magical adventure, replete with spells, swordfights and adventure! Will Briar Rose's parents grant her the freedom she craves? Can Owain overcome his fears and win praise from his father?

The play is well suited for both boys and girls five years and older; it's a perfect outing for families to share this holiday season! Every performance includes a post-show question and answer session with the cast. Plus, every child receives a free commemorative show poster and is invited to meet the cast in the lobby after each performance.

"I love doing children's theatre," said Arden's producing artist director Terrence J. Nolen, "and I'm thrilled that this is our 10th season of offering children's programming." Nolen continues, "As a father of two young boys, I watch my kids learn and grow. And I know that people who take their children to live theatre encourage a love of language, compassion and empathy. But to be perfectly honest, it's watching them get swept away by the story and hearing them talk about the characters for weeks afterward that makes me the happiest. We are proud of the quality of our productions we present for adults and we put the same amount of time, money and energy into our children's productions. We are thrilled by our ongoing success and are committed to trying our best to make each production top-notch. We do that by not talking down to kids, by offering them high-quality work, and by watching and learning from them. I hope if you haven't tried Arden Children's Theatre, you'll give it a try."


Princess Briar Rose (Sleeping Beauty): Nako Adodoadji
Resides in Philadelphia. BFA from the University of the Arts. Appeared locally in Dreamgirls at The Prince Music Theater.

Gryff (A half-dragon): Doug Hara
Resides in Lambertville, NJ. Appeared on Broadway in Mary Zimmerman's Metamorphoses. Appeared at Arden Theatre Company in A Prayer for Owen Meany and Lookingglass Alice.

Modron (The Dark Witch): Sally Mercer
Resides in Pottstown, PA. Appeared on stage at Pennsylvania Shakespeare Co, The Wilma, The Walnut, Mum, Act II and Villanova.

Prince Owain (The Prince): David Raphaely
Resides in Philadelphia. BFA from the University of the Arts. Appeared in A Prayer for Owen Meany.

Guinevere (The Queen, mother of Briar Rose): Mary Elizabeth Scallen
Resides in Philadelphia. Company member at People's Light and Theatre Company. Holds an MFA from Temple University; teaches at University of Pennsylvania.

King Peredur/Spider King (The King, father of Briar Rose): Paul L. Nolan
Resides in Claymont, DE. Appeared recently in Of Mice and Men at Walnut Street Theatre. Appeared at Arden Theatre Company in A Prayer for Owen Meany.

Branwen (The Bright Witch): Cathy Simpson
Resides in Philadelphia. Company member at People's Light and Theatre Company. Has appeared on stage at Studio Theatre, The Folger Shakespeare Theatre and the St. Louis Black Repertory Company.


Director: Whit MacLaughlin
Resides in the Fairmount area of Philadelphia. A graduate on Northwestern University and Virginia Tech; runs New Paradise Laboratories in Philadelphia.

Scenic Design: Kris Stone
Costume Design: Richard St. Clair
Lighting Design: Brian Lilienthal
Sound Design and Original Composition: Jorge Cousineau
Stage Manager: Elana Wolff


Preview performances: Wednesday, December 5 - Saturday, December 8

Opening night: Saturday, December 8 at 7pm (sold out). Reviewing members of the press are invited to bring the children in their lives to opening night on Saturday, December 8. Please RSVP to Beth Yeagle at

The regular run: December 9 - January 27. An ASL interpreted performance is scheduled for Friday, January 25 at 7pm.


2007/08 children's theatre subscriptions are now available. Subscribers enjoy significant savings on tickets, the best choice of seats, and a convenient ticket exchange policy. Subscription prices range from $26-$50 which includes tickets to both Sleeping Beauty and Go, Dog. Go! scheduled for April 16 - June 1, 2008.

Single ticket prices to Arden Children's Theatre shows are $14-$16 for children (12 and under); $18-$22 for teens (13-17) and $26-$30 for adults depending on the performances chosen.

Groups of 20+ enjoy significant discounts. Please note there are no discounts on tickets to Sleeping Beauty from December 26 - December 31, 2007.

The Arden is proud to announce the Target 2 for 1 Family Series, a ticket discount program generously sponsored by Target. This program offers two tickets for the price of one during selected performances of Sleeping Beauty. Please refer to the show calendars at for the designated performances. There is a limit of four discounted orders (8 tickets) per transaction, available while supplies last.

The Arden is fully wheelchair accessible and provides assisted listening devices and large-print programs at every performance. Reservations are required for accessible seating and may be made by calling the Arden Box Office at 215.922.1122.

To purchase tickets or for more information, call the Arden Box Office at 215.922.1122, visit us online at, or stop by the box office. Arden Theatre Company is located at 40 N. 2nd Street in the heart of the historic neighborhood of Old City Philadelphia.


New Year's Eve Party for Families
Monday, Dec 31, 2007
Arden Theatre Company

Your whole family is invited to a New Year's Eve party on Monday, December 31! This is a kid-friendly bash with all the trimmings - tons of yummy food, a rocking concert, a dance party, noisemakers, even a balloon drop. The Arden difference? It's for families with young children - the festivities start at 11:30am and we count down to noon. Then party till the wee hours of the afternoon with actors from your favorite Arden Children's Theatre productions. Your kids will ring in the New Year with singing, dancing and plenty of activities, all in a family- friendly environment just their speed. Tickets are $35 per person. Everyone who has celebrated his/her second birthday and older must have a ticket.

Winter Kids Crew Class Schedule
(the complete schedule of classes and camps is available at

Play in a Day
Grades 1-5
$50 per class

Kids work together to conceive, write and perform a play of their own creation! Parents and other guests can enjoy the fruits of their kids' labor at the end of the day. Each Play in a Day is as unique as each group of children. Take it once or take it ten times, the story and characters are always new.

Saturday, December 15 (Go holiday shopping then catch a show - starring your kid!)
Saturday, January 5
Monday, January 21 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)

Saturday Workshops
Grades 1-5
$30 per class

November 24 Improv: You'll use your imagination and teamwork to create characters, skits and stories. Hilarious and active.

December 1 Puppet Making: Learn how to make excellent puppets and take one home with you that day.

January 12 Scenic Painting: For every visual artists who loves theatre.

January 26 Musical Theatre: Learn a song and dance to a Broadway musical!

Thanks to our Sleeping Beauty media partners: The Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News; The Jewish Exponent and inside Magazine; The Philadelphia Tribune; WXPN and XPN Kids' Corner; and KYW Newsradio.

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