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Arden Theatre Company extends the run of Cinderella
By Charles Way, Directed by Whit MacLaughlin, On F. Otto Haas Stage,
Now playing through February 3, 2013
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January 7, 2013

(Philadelphia, PA) Arden Theatre Company will extend the run of Cinderella through February 3, 2013 due to popular demand. This retelling of the classic story, best enjoyed by families with children ages 5 and older, will surprise and inspire the entire family. Every performance includes a post-show question and answer session with the cast, an opportunity to meet the performers in the lobby, and a free commemorative show poster.

The additional week of performances are as follows:
Tuesday, January 29 at 10am
Wednesday, January 30 at 10am
Thursday, January 31 at 10am
Thursday, January 31 at 5:30pm
Friday, February 1 at 10am
Saturday, February 2 at 12pm and 4pm
Sunday, February 3 at 12pm and 4pm
A full performance calendar is available online at www.ardentheatre.org/calendar

The Arden is celebrating its 25th Anniversary Season and 15th year of Arden Children’s Theatre with Cinderella. In this adventurous adaptation by Charles Way and directed by Whit MacLaughlin, a defiant prince in disguise meets a strong-willed Cinderella – featuring a great bit of magic and set to the music of Mozart.

Since performances began on November 28, Cinderella has been praised by both families and critics:

“A fast-paced and slightly haunting retelling of one of the most told stories of all time. This Cinderella is a fighter, a rebel, and a strong-willed leading lady that is actually inspiring. The Arden’s Cinderella is a triumph of will, of love, and of a magical sense of youthful exuberance.” –Out with the Kids

“Whit MacLaughlin's production is full of visual invention and a light comic touch. Mary Tuomanen is excellent as a sullen Cinderella who doesn't fit any of the princess clichés.” – Talkin’ Broadway

“There is, indeed, something for all ages and genders in this unexpected and thought-provoking family-friendly production.” – Stage Magazine

Over 2,500 students will attend Cinderella 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.

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.

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 – February 3, 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 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-February 3, 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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