Shakespeare Gild

ANNOUNCING THE 2015 SUMMER PRODUCTION: King Lear directed by Mary Catherine Kelley. Auditions are March 9 & 10, with call-backs on March 12. More information to come, including advice for first-time auditioners. Performance dates are June 12-14, 18-20, 26-27.

2014-15 GILD OFFICERS were elected at the September gild meeting. They are: Mary Catherine Kelley & Linda Kimmelman, co-gildmistresses; Henry Porreca continuing as treasurer; Elaine Hickey, Club liaison; and Claire Ennis, secretary.


SAT DEC 6 • 1-2 PM • YOUNG ACTORS WORKSHOP REGISTRATION & AUDITIONS. Our immensely popular scene study workshop for kids age 6 through high school returns for its 17th year!

Workshop dates: Saturdays, 9:30am-3:30pm, Jan 10, 17, 24, 31 and Feb 7

Showcase: Sunday, Feb 8, 2-4pm

Cost: $30; $50 maximum per family. Open to members of the Arden Club (you can join at registration). Payment and current Arden Club membership is due at Registration. Full and partial scholarships are available upon request.

Registration form coming soon on a new Young Actors Workshop page.

The Young Actors Workshop is a unique opportunity for kids to speak the speeches actors have been performing for over 400 years – and for good reason – because it’s the greatest material ever: filled with passion, humor, great insults, beautiful poetry, wit, anger, fear, goofiness and alliteration. Even if you have never been on stage before – especially if you have never been on stage before – join us. Actors are assigned to a director and rehearsals are scheduled for 1-2 hours between 9:30 am and 3:30 pm. Our aim is to have a small number of actors in each scene so everyone gets a good opportunity to speak and act. We do not “dumb down” the text in any way, although some directors can be relied on to “silly things up”.

On Sunday, Feb 8, the public is invited to attend the showcase of scenes in the Upper Hall.

You can see photos of our past showcases at the gild website:


ASG's own Wm Shakespeare by Rhys McClure, 2010

ASG’s own Wm Shakespeare by Rhys McClure, 2010

THE ARDEN SHAKESPEARE GILD continues a 100-year tradition of community Shakespeare in the historic village of Arden, Delaware. A member organization of the Arden Club, the gild is dedicated to including everyone with an interest in Shakespeare, both as audience and as participant. The gild produces one of Shakespeare’s plays each summer in the open-air Frank Stephens Memorial Theater in Arden. Each winter our members direct a Young Actors Workshop for kids from age 6 through high school. The gild also sponsors lectures, readings and social activities throughout the year.

MONTHLY MEETINGS. The Arden Shakespeare Gild meets in the Gild Hall on the first Wednesday of each month (except June). Our business meeting at 7:30 is followed around 8pm by informal scenes. Newcomers are always welcome. The Gild Hall is located just south of Harvey Road at Orleans Road; our address is 2126 The Highway, Arden, Delaware 19810.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION about the long history of Shakespeare in Arden, the gild’s year-round activities, directions to the theater, reservations for our shows, bathrooms, bug spray, photos, and lots more, visit our website at

2014-15 GILD OFFICERS: Mary Catherine Kelley & Linda Kimmelman, co-gildmistresses • Henry Porreca, business manager • Elaine Hickey, club liaison • Claire Ennis, secretary