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Arden Drama School partners with Old City businesses for
Saturday, March 9
February 20, 2013

(Philadelphia, PA) Arden Theatre Company welcomes children and families to Old City with Kids on 2nd Street, on Saturday, March 9 from 10am-1pm. Happening on 2nd Street from Market to Race, this event showcases all the engaging activities for kids in our neighborhood and is free and open to the public.

A variety of businesses will offer free activities for kids and families as part of Kids on 2nd Street. Participants should gather at Arden Theatre Company, 40 N. 2nd Street, to receive a map of partners and listing of complete activities, including free drama and dance classes, scavenger hunts, face-painting, arts and crafts activities and much, much more. Each location will have a red balloon in front to signify their participation in the event.

Partner businesses include:
Arden Theatre Company
Christ Church
The Clay Studio
Fleischer Art Memorial
The Independence Visitors Center
National Constitution Center
Never Too Spoiled
Olde City Day School
Painted Bride Art Center
Philadelphia City Paper
The Philadelphia Dance Academy

Complimentary refreshments will be provided by Cuba Libre and Nick’s Roast Beef. More partners to be announced! Be sure to visit the Arden on March 9 to receive a complete list of participants and activities.

At Kids on 2nd Street, the Arden will host free Drama School classes in Acting, Improvisation, and Musical Theatre for Kids ages K-5. These 15 minutes classes will provide a taste of Arden Drama School, named Philadelphia Magazine’s Best of Philly 2010 Kids Classes, which offers theatre classes and camps for kids in from pre-school through 12th grade.

No RSVP is required to attend Kids on 2nd Street.
Press wishing to cover this event should contact Leigh Goldenberg, Marketing and PR Manager, Arden Theatre Company,, 215.922.8900 x43.
We welcome the use of hashtag #KidsOn2ndSt in social media for the event.

At Arden Drama School, pre-schoolers attend Bookworms and Crafty Critters, interactive classes to be taken with caregivers. Students in Grades K-5 are part of Kids’ Crew, and Grades 6-12 comprise the Arden’s Teen Company. Classes are offered in three semesters – fall, winter and spring – along with day camps in the summer. The complete schedule of multi-week classes and drop-in workshops can be found online at The spring semester starts April 6, 2013. A special spring break camp will be held on March 25-29, 2013. Summer Camps begin June 24, 2013. To enroll 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.

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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

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.

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

©2013 Arden Theatre Company, 40 N. 2nd St., Philadelphia, PA 19106. For tickets, call 215.922.1122.
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