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Arden Theatre Company presents Charlotte’s Web and Robin Hood in 2011/12 Children’s Theatre Season
June 21, 2011

(Philadelphia, PA) Arden Theatre Company proudly announces these two productions for their 2011/12 Children’s Theatre Season:

  • Charlotte’s Web adapted from the book by E.B. White, By Joseph Robinette
  • Robin Hood by Greg Banks
“We are thrilled that our upcoming season shares two of the greatest stories for children ever told,” said Arden’s Producing Artistic Director Terrence J. Nolen. “These stories of friendship and loyalty have resonated with kids of all ages for years, and we look forward to bringing them to life on stage with the same high-quality artists and production values we commit to our work for adults.”

Charlotte’s Web will continue the Arden’s tradition of presenting productions for the whole family during the holiday season. Directed by long-time Arden Children’s Theatre collaborator Whit MacLaughlin (If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, A Year with Frog and Toad, The BFG), the story of the lovable pig Wilbur and everyone’s favorite spider Charlotte, will be on the F. Otto Haas Stage November 30, 2011-January 29, 2012.

An action-packed re-imagining of the legendary hero Robin Hood will take the Arcadia Stage from April 25-June 17, 2012. Matthew Decker (Arden’s Associate Producer, Resident Director of Theatre Horizon) will direct this production that includes live music and audience interaction.

Subscriptions for the 2011/12 Arden Children’s Theatre Season are now available and can be ordered by calling the Arden Box Office at 215.922.1122 or online at www.ardentheatre.org. Single tickets go on sale September 2, 2011.

Charlotte's Web
Adapted from the book by E.B. White
By Joseph Robinette
Directed by Whit MacLaughlin
November 30, 2011 – January 29, 2012
On the F. Otto Haas Stage
Opening night: Saturday, December 3, 2011 at 7pm
Join us for the heart-warming story of a special friendship between a lovable pig and everyone’s favorite spider. Wilbur, Charlotte and their barnyard friends have never been more delightful than in this wonderful tribute to one of the greatest stories for children ever written.

Robin Hood
By Greg Banks
Directed by Matthew Decker
April 25 – June 17, 2012
On the Arcadia Stage
Opening night: Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 7pm
Enter Sherwood Forrest with Robin Hood, the legendary hero! Wielding a bow and arrow, Robin and his merry men join forces to stand up for what’s right. This athletic take on the fabled story features trickery, disguises, swordfights, live music and plenty of help from the audience.


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Reviewing members of the press are invited to all opening nights and may reserve tickets by contacting Leigh Goldenberg at lgoldenberg@ardentheatre.org. or 215.922.8900 x43.

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

Arden Theatre Company began its Children Theatre series in 1998, with a commitment to dedicating equal resources to this work for families as the mainstage productions. Each year, we welcome 35,000-50,000 students and families to the theatre, including over 5,000 tickets that are donated to students in underserved communities through our Arden for All access program. Arden Children’s Theatre productions account for three of the company’s top ten selling shows and have received a total of 20 Barrymore nominations and 3 Barrymore Awards.

Founded in 1988, Arden Theatre Company is dedicated to bringing to life great stories by great storytellers on stage, in the classroom, and in the community. We stage five productions each season as part of our mainstage series and two productions through Arden Children’s Theatre, the city’s first resident professional children’s theatre program. We create and produce new work through our new-work development program, the Independence Foundation New Play Showcase. The Arden Professional Apprentice program trains future theatre leaders, and our theatre classes through Arden Drama School teach children and teens about the craft of making plays. Our access program, Arden for All, makes our work available to the entire community through subsidized tickets and books for economically disadvantaged young people. We also offer sign language-interpreted, captioned and audio described performances and Pay-What-You-Can final dress rehearsals that benefit other nonprofits.

The Arden has received seven Philadelphia Magazine “Best of Philly” Awards, the Arts and Business Council’s Arts Excellence Award, five City Paper “Reader’s Choice” Awards, four Philadelphia Inquirer “Theatre Company of the Year” citations, 53 awards and 250 nominations from the Theatre Alliance of Greater Philadelphia’s Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre, and was named “Best Theatre Company” by Philadelphia Weekly in 2009.
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