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Arden Children's Theatre 2009/10 Season Announced
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August 3, 2009

Philadelphia, PA - Arden Theatre Company has announced its 2009/10 Children's Theatre Season. The first show, Peter Pan, will be performed December 2, 2009 through January 24, 2010 on the F. Otto Haas Stage. The second production, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, will be performed April 14 through May 30, 2010 on the Arcadia Stage. Both plays are recommended for families with children ages five and older.

"We are thrilled to bring these two great stories to our stages this coming year. Peter Pan has been enchanting readers for nearly a century and If You Give a Mouse a Cookie has quickly become a favorite of kids today. These stories are beloved, and we look forward to bringing them to life with the vitality, imagination and heart that has been the hallmark of our best Arden Children's Theatre productions," said Arden's Producing Artistic Director Terrence J. Nolen.

Arden Children's Theatre, Philadelphia's first and only resident professional children's theatre, has attracted more than a quarter of a million guests since its advent in 1998. Arden Children's Theatre has become one of the premiere cultural activities for families in the Philadelphia region, offering affordable tickets and the same high-quality production values as our critically lauded mainstage shows.

Join us at our award-winning theatre in the heart of historic Old City Philadelphia and find out why Philadelphia Magazine declared the Arden the "Best of Philly" for children's theatre three times and the Please Touch Museum presented the Arden with a "Great Friend to Kids" award.

The 2009/10 Arden Children's Theatre Season:

PETER PAN A brand-new version of J. M. Barrie's classic tale
Adapted for the Stage by Douglas Irvine
From the books by J.M. Barrie
Directed by David O'Connor
December 2, 2009 - January 24, 2010
F. Otto Haas Stage
OPENING NIGHT: Saturday, December 5, 2009 at 7pm
Production sponsor: PECO

Ever since J.M. Barrie's story first appeared in 1904, countless versions have been produced on stage and in film. Now, Arden Children's Theatre presents a brand-new adaptation; one that celebrates the joy of storytelling and the power of imagination.

Join eternally young Peter on his adventure to Neverland, a magical island where there are no parents, no rules, and fairies and pirates rule! Introduce your children and grandchildren to the characters you loved from J. M. Barrie's timeless masterpiece: Wendy, Tink, Hook, a horde of Lost Boys, a ticking crocodile – and a boy who won't grow up.

Based on the book by Laura Joffe Numeroff
Adapted for the Stage by Jody Davidson
Directed by Whit MacLaughlin
April 14 - May 30, 2010
Arcadia Stage
OPENING NIGHT: Saturday, April 17, 2010 at 7pm

Who thought that one cookie could lead to so much chaos? Laura Joffe Numeroff's bestselling book comes to life when an innocent boy generously offers a cookie to a demanding little mouse. This singular action triggers a series of escalating requests that result in mayhem – and a lot of fun! Arden Children's Theatre spins this tiny tale into a charming and sophisticated story that stays true to the beloved book and teaches a valuable lesson of cause and effect.

Both family productions feature a question and answer session with the cast after every performance plus each child receives a free commemorative show poster when exiting.

2009/10 Children's Theatre subscriptions are now available. Each subscription includes one ticket to Peter Pan and one ticket to If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. Subscribers enjoy significant savings compared to purchasing tickets to the shows separately, the best choice of seats, and a convenient ticket exchange policy. Subscription prices are $40-$50 for adults, $32-$40 for teens, and $26-$30 for kids.

To purchase tickets or for more information, please call Arden Theatre Company's Box Office at 215.922.1122 or visit us online at

Arden Theatre Company is located at 40 N. 2nd Street in the heart of the historic neighborhood of Old City, Philadelphia.

The Arden is a fully accessible theatre and welcomes people with disabilities.

The Arden also offers Drama School, an array of theatre classes and camps for kids in Kindergarten though 12th grade.

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