OWTK PHILLY LOCAL: 2013 Arden Children’s Season and Drama School Open House

The Arden, the gem in the crown of Delaware Valley children’s theater scene, has announced their two ’13/’14 family productions and annual Drama School Open House. First the new season:

Sideways Stories from Wayside School, Adapted by John Olive from the books by Louis Sachar, will run from December 4, 2013-February 9, 2014. This is a revival, as the Arden put on Wayside School a number of years back. The Mrs. and I saw that alone and loved it. Now that the Bear has read and fallen hard for all of the Sachar books, we are super excited for this one to open.

Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat, Based on the book by Dr. Seuss, will run from April 16 – June 22, 2014. This should be hilarious if only because Mike Myers won’t be in it. 

Now, the Open House!

On Saturday, 9/21 from 10am – 1pm, The Arden Drama School invites kids from Pre-K through 5th Grade that show an interest in acting, singing, set design and scriptwriting, to meet the faculty and take some mini-classes for free in their new Hamilton Family Arts Center at 62 N. 2nd Street. All you have to do is RSVP! Full details below.


[Press Release]

Arden Theatre Company welcomes children and families to Arden Drama School’s Free Open House on Saturday, September 21, 2013 from 10am-1pm. This event, geared to kids in Pre-K through 5th Grade, provides an opportunity to meet Arden Drama School faculty and take mini-classes in Acting, Musical Theatre and Improvisation. To RSVP to this free event, please contact the Arden Box Office at 215-922-1122 or boxoffice@ardentheatre.org. A complete schedule for the day can be found here.

The Open House will be held at Arden Theatre Company’s new Hamilton Family Arts Center at 62 N. 2nd Street, just three doors north of the Arden in the heart of the historic neighborhood of Old City Philadelphia. When completed in Fall 2013, this building will be a permanent home for Arden Drama School, where students work alongside the professional artists rehearsing the plays and creating the sets for Arden productions.

Arden Drama School offers theatre classes and camps for kids in from pre-school through 12th grade. Ages 2-4 years attend Arden ABC’s, interactive classes for kids and their caregivers with a focus on dance, art, and acting out favorite books. Students in Grades Pre-K-5 are part of Kids’ Crew, developing problem-solving, listening, and collaborative skills through classes such as Acting, Musical Theatre, Storycrafters, and more. Grades 6-12 comprise the Arden’s Teen Company, with a focus on developing theatre skills in classes such as Acting and Musical Theatre taught by Philadelphia theatre professionals.

Multi-week classes and One-Day workshops 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. Registration is now open for the 2013/14 School year, with Fall classes beginning October 5.

To enroll or for more information, call the Arden Box Office at 215.922.1122, visit us online 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.

*Rendering of the Hamilton Family Arts Center by Richard Conway Meyer.

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