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Arden Theater Players is proud to announce its first official 2022 season with two productions in the Stuart Room of the Gorton Community Center in Lake Forest, Illinois. With this announcement comes the invitation you can read about here for collaboration, interns, and a place for both professionals and budding artists to thrive. Productions will be small, intimate, musically rich, and audience driven. By that I mean simply theater that will please, move and inspire. The emphasis will be on content and talent - so much so that elaborate sets and costumes won't be a vital part of production. The Stuart Room at Gorton is perfect for such theater. You might be interested in and qualified to participate as a benefactor, an intern, a professional, or a budding young artist thirsty for experience. Read further about such opportunities and we will be happy to interview and speak with you.

UPCOMING PRODUCTIONS

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"An Evening of Broadway Cabaret and Cocktails" - March 11 and 12, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.  Premiere Cast - Donna Engelhardt, Tania Joy Gibson, Chris Engelhardt, Ron Arden  Performing songs from musicals of the Golden Age up to the early 20th century, ATP artists will bring years of vocal and acting charisma to the stage in celebration of some of Broadway's greats. In hearing well known solos, duets, and quartets you will laugh, dream, maybe shed a tear, and simply revel in an evening of song that is poised to transport as only musical theater can. Enjoy cocktails with a date, spouse, and friends in the intimacy up close space of the Stuart Room and an after performance "q and a" with the performers about life as a musical artist. Featuring some of Broadway's greatest - "Company", "Fiddler on the Roof", "Follies", "Anything Goes", "Kiss Me Kate", "Guys and Dolls", "Jekyll & Hyde", "I Do I Do", and "West Side Story".

"I Do! I Do!" - COMING IN FALL 2022

Premiere Cast - Donna and Chris Engelhardt

I Do! I Do! is a musical with a book and lyrics by Tom Jones and music by Harvey Schmidt which is based on the Jan de Hartog play The Fourposter. The two-character story spans 50 years, from 1895 to 1945, as it focuses on the ups and downs experienced by Agnes and Michael throughout their marriage. The set consists solely of their bedroom, dominated by the large fourposter bed in the center of the room. The show begins with Michael and Agnes on their wedding day. Their vows behind them, they look forward to spending the rest of their lives together. We watch as they go through their wedding night jitters, raise a family, and negotiate midlife crises. Michael eventually admits to his infidelity, and although Agnes is angered by his actions, she forgives him, and the couple reconciles. They rediscover how much they really need each other. Then, after fifty years of marriage, the couple leaves their house to the next pair of newlyweds.

Cocktails available for you, your spouse/partner, and friends. After show chat with the Engelhardt’s about their history with this show.

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