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Arden Gild Hall, 2126 The Highway, Arden, DE 19810
Information for New or Prospective Members Ardensingers Chorus and Orchestra Typically, the Ardensingers perform two shows per year, one in the Fall (generally, one weekend sometime between late October and early December), and one in the Spring (two weekends in late April / early May). The Spring show is one of the standard works of Gilbert & Sullivan, and casting is by formal audition (September / October). There's no set format for the Fall show, although it's often something G&S-related, but with less ambitious staging and costuming. Casting for the Fall show is by committee and, though we're still aiming for a high quality production, there is often an effort to provide solo / ensemble performing opportunities for capable singers that don't get cast in the Spring show. The Ardensingers are actively seeking musically and theatrically inclined men and women, including students 16 and older, as leads and for the Chorus. Younger students may be considered, particularly if a parent is also involved in the production. Prospective Ardensingers Chorus members will be asked to audition by performing a short piece of his or her choosing. At the present time, we're accepting most singers that have previous choral experience. Rehearsals are Tuesday and Friday evenings from 7:30 - 10PM, and good attendance is a prerequisite for continued participation. We take a break for refreshments about half-way through rehearsal. For insurance purposes, all stage performers are required to become members of the Arden Club (annual cost of $20, less for seniors and students).
The Ardensingers is one of a number of "gilds" that belong to the Arden Club, which is responsible for maintenance and operations of the Gild Hall, our performing venue. The Ardensingers also take part in the Arden Fair every year on the Saturday before Labor Day (the Club's biggest fund raiser). The Ardensingers sponsor the Beer / Wine booth at the Fair, and we encourage all able-bodied members to help out at the booth, or in some other capacity at the Fair. Vocal scores can be purchased at cost from the Ardensingers. Typically, we'll use the Schirmer edition. Contact John Trexler, as directed below, to reserve a copy. There may occasionally be openings for the Ardensingers Orchestra, which takes part in the Spring show, and occasionally the Fall show. Rehearsals are on Saturday mornings from 9 - 11:30AM. For additional information about joining the Chorus or Orchestra, or to be added to our auditions mailing list, please contact us firstname.lastname@example.org. Ardensingers New Member Information (coming soon - keep checking our website) The Ardensingers, P.O. Box 7575, Wilmington, DE 19803-0575