By Jessica Stuebner
A longtime favorite of show-goers young and old, the Arden theatre has so much to offer beyond viewing the latest and greatest theatrical performance. Tweens are able to have an authentic hands-on behind-the-scenes theater experience thru Family ushering.
We took our two tweens to usher during a matinee performance of Charlottes Web and found it to be an incredibly well-run program and all-around awesome experience. The boys loved “guarding the stage” and learning about the different sections of the theater.
Some of the ushers were tasked with guiding attendees to their seats while others passed out programs. All were able to try out the ticket scanner, which was definitely a favorite highlight. It was so unique to tour and work in the “Front of House.” During intermission the ushers help out as needed, determined by the House manager. The tweens in our ushering group all had the best time. As a parent (and previous educator), I was absolutely impressed by the all of the Arden staff who interacted with and spoke to/instructed the group. I highly recommend the program!
Ushers are asked to dress in business casual (no jeans or sneakers) and arrive one hour prior to show time. They must stay through the duration of the show and 20 minutes post curtain drop. Visit the Arden Theater’s website or call 215.922.1122 for more information.
Also, be sure to check out Arden Theater’s Drama School offering classes for tweens grouped separately; grades 3-5 and 6-8.