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Arden Theatre Company begins its 2012-13 Children’s Theatre series with Cinderella
By Charles Way, Directed by Whit MacLaughlin, On F. Otto Haas Stage, November 28, 2012 – January 27, 2013
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November 8, 2012

(Philadelphia, PA) Arden Theatre Company, now celebrating its 25th Anniversary Season, begins its 15th year of Arden Children’s Theatre with Cinderella. This version written by Charles Way and directed by Whit MacLaughlin will run from November 28, 2012 through January 27, 2013 on the Arden’s F. Otto Haas Stage at 40 N. 2nd Street. Arden Children’s Theatre is best enjoyed by families with children ages 5 and older.

Join the Arden for a retelling of the classic story that will inspire and surprise the entire family. A defiant prince in disguise meets a strong-willed Cinderella in this adventurous adaptation – featuring a great bit of magic and set to the music of Mozart.

“Arden Children’s Theatre has been a beloved cornerstone of our work for 14 years,” says Terrence J. Nolen, Arden’s Producing Artistic Director. “We’re proud to have introduced thousands of families and schools to these great stories on our stage. Beyond being a wonderful story for the whole family, this Cinderella has the added excitement of including the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, who appears as a young court composer in the story.”

The Arden dedicates the same resources to theatre productions for families as their mainstage work, especially by hiring the same designers and actors. Last year’s holiday production of Charlotte’s Web, became the highest attended show in the company’s 25 year history, with over 34,000 audience members . In 2011, Arden Children’s Theatre was awarded two Barrymore Awards for the 2011 production of The Flea and the Professor, including Outstanding Production of a Musical.

At the helm of this production is Whit MacLaughlin who has directed multiple award-winning Arden Children’s Theatre shows, including Charlotte’s Web, The Borrowers, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (nominated for four Barrymore Awards), The BFG, and A Year with Frog and Toad (nominated for five Barrymore Awards).

The creative team who will welcome the audience into this 18th Century Kingdom are designer David P. Gordon (Charlotte’s Web, Barrymore Award winner for If You Give a Mouse a Cookie), costume designer Rosemarie E. McKelvey (Charlotte’s Web, Barrymore Award winner for Something Intangible and Caroline, or Change), lighting designer Brian J. Lilienthal (James and the Giant Peach, Sleeping Beauty), and sound designer Jorge Cousineau (Frog and Toad, The BFG).

The cast consists of a diverse range of Philadelphia artists, both Arden veterans and newcomers. Making her Arden debut as Cinderella is Mary Toumanen (seen locally with The Bearded Ladies, Applied Mechanics, Lantern Theater Company and Azuka Theatre). Her father Sigmund is played by Joe Guzman (Women in Jep, Private Lives), who marries stepmother Maria played by Susan Riley Stevens (Closer, Three Days of Rain). Her daughters are Aloysia played by Alex Keiper (The Flea and the Professor, Tulipomania: The Musical), and Constanze played by Miriam White (Arden debut). Cinderella meets Prince Sebastian played by Peterson Townsend (The History Boys, Our Town), whose father King Leopold, played by Benjamin Lloyd (Cyrano), never gets out of bed. Their court composer is a young Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, affectionately called Wolfie, who is played by Matteo Scammel (Arden debut). Rounding out the cast is Kala Moses Baxter (Gee’s Bend, The Piano Lesson) as the Fairy Godmother.

Following every performance of Cinderella, children participate in a post-show question and answer session with the cast, and then have an opportunity to meet the actors in the lobby. All children also receive a free commemorative show poster to take home. Weekday performances are held at 10am to accommodate thousands of schoolchildren. Over 2,500 students will attend the production free of charge through the Arden for All program, which also provides books, transportation and in-school lessons from professional teaching artists to communities with little or no arts access.

Cinderella begins performances on Wednesday, November 28, with previews through December 1. Opening night is set for 7pm Saturday, December 1, 2012. Closing is set for Sunday, January 27, 2013. Cinderella is sponsored by PECO. The 2012/13 season of Arden Children’s Theatre, which includes Pinocchio in the spring, is proudly sponsored by Comcast and Sprout.

Single ticket prices are $16-$36. Groups of 20+ enjoy significant discounts, with additional resources and classes available for teachers; please inquire for rates. Call the Arden Box Office at 215.922.1122, order online at www.ardentheatre.org, or visit the box office at 40 N. 2nd Street in Old City, Philadelphia.

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 Cinderella. Please refer to the show calendars at www.ardentheatre.org for the designated performances. There is a limit of four discounted orders (8 tickets) per transaction, available while supplies last.

The Arden is 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’s Box Office at 215.922.1122. ASL interpretation is available at select performances. The Arden works with Hands UP Productions to present shadow-signed performances, where interpreters are part of the action. These performances will be held on Friday, January 11 at 10am and Saturday, January 12 at 4pm.

Arden Theatre Company also offers Arden Drama School, a wide array of classes and day camps for pre-school through high school aged children. Special acting classes taught by the cast of Cinderella will take place on:
December 26 – 9:30-11am for grades K-2; 9:30-11am for grades 3-5
December 30 – 2-3:30pm for grades K-2, 2-4pm for grades 3-5
Details on all Arden Drama School classes can be found online at www.ardendramaschool.com
Arden Drama School is sponsored by Susquehanna Bank.

To further enhance the performance experience, kids ages seven and older are invited to join the Family Usher Network (FUN) with their adult chaperones. FUN gives kids a behind-the-scenes peek at how plays are created, instills the value of community involvement and teaches valuable social skills. FUN ushers receive an exclusive backstage tour, hand out programs, tear tickets, seat patrons and help straighten up the theatre after the show. For information call the box office at 215.922.1122.

WHAT:
Cinderella
By Charles Way
Directed by Whit MacLaughlin

SUMMARY:
Join the Arden for a retelling of the classic story that will inspire and surprise the entire family. A defiant prince in disguise meets a strong-willed Cinderella in this adventurous adaptation – featuring a great bit of magic and set to the music of Mozart.

WHERE:
Arden Theatre Company
F. Otto Haas Stage
40 N. 2nd Street, Old City Philadelphia 19106

WHEN:
November 28, 2012 – January 27, 2013
Preview performances: November 28-December 1, 2012
Opening night: 7pm Saturday, December 1, 2012


TICKETS:
Call the Box Office at 215.922.1122 or visit www.ardentheatre.org.

Weekday Performances (Tuesday – Friday, excluding Friday nights at 7pm)
Adults: $32; Teens (13-17 yrs): $20; Kids (12 yrs and under): $16

Weekend Performances (Friday nights at 7pm; Saturdays and Sundays)
Adults: $36; Teens (13-17 yrs): $22; Kids (12 yrs and under): $18

Groups discounts for 20 or more tickets. Weekdays: $12/ticket; Weekends $16/ticket

Arden Children’s Theatre subscriptions are available for $26 – $40, which includes tickets to both Cinderella and Pinocchio.

CAST:
Kala Moses Baxter (Resident of Philadelphia, PA) - Fairy Godmother
Joe Guzman (Resident of Philadelphia, PA) - Sigmund
Alex Keiper (Resident of Philadelphia, PA) - Aloysia
Benjamin Lloyd (Resident of Elkins Park, PA) - King Leopold
Susan Riley Stevens (Resident of Merchantville, NJ) - Maria
Peterson Townsend (Resident of Jersey City, NJ) - Prince Sebastian
Mary Toumanen (Resident of Philadelphia, PA) - Cinderella
Matteo Scammell (Resident of Philadelphia, PA) - Wolfgang
Miriam White (Resident of Philadelphia, PA) - Constanze

ARTISTIC STAFF:
Whit MacLaughlin - Director
David P. Gordon - Scenic Designer
Rosemarie E. McKelvey - Costume Designer
Brian J. Lilienthal - Lighting Designer
Jorge Cousineau - Sound Designer
Alec E. Ferrell - Stage Manager
PRODUCTION SPONSOR: PECO

CHILDREN’S THEATRE SEASON SPONSORS : Comcast and Sprout


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Reviewing members of the press are invited to opening night Saturday, December 1 at 7pm and may reserve tickets through Leigh Goldenberg at lgoldenberg@ardentheatre.org.

The Arden’s 25th Anniversary Season includes:
Next to Normal,
Book and Lyrics by Brian Yorkey, Music by Tom Kitt – September 27-November 4, 2012
Freud’s Last Session, By Mark St. Germain – October 25-December 23, 2012
Cinderella, By Charles Way – November 28, 2012-January 27, 2013
Endgame, By Samuel Beckett – January 17- March 10, 2013
A Raisin in the Sun, By Lorraine Hansberry – March 7- April 14, 2013
Pinocchio, By Carlo Collodi, Adapted by Greg Banks – April 10- June 16, 2013
A Little Night Music, Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Book by Hugh Wheeler – May 23-June 30, 2013

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

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 recently announced an expansion with the Hamilton Family Arts Center, a 22,000 square foot building located three doors north of the Arden at 62 N. 2nd Street. Once renovations are complete in 2013, this building will be a home for process and innovation, including seven classrooms for Arden Drama School, a rehearsal hall, an 80-seat Studio Theatre, Lobby, Parent Lounge, and Teacher Resource Center, and a Crafts Studio for construction of set and props. Details about the Hamilton Family Arts Center can be found online at www.ardentheatre.org/new.

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, 58 awards and 276 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.
©2012 Arden Theatre Company, 40 N. 2nd St., Philadelphia, PA 19106. For tickets, call 215.922.1122.
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