It is with broken hearts that we say farewell to Ileen Groves who passed away on February 7, 2024. Ileen was part of the ARIEL family for more than a decade as an accomplished performer, a generous supporter, and a skilled bookkeeper and financial advisor. Ileen was smart, funny, hard-working, thoughtful and talented. By day, she answered hundreds of financial questions for the ARIEL staff and kept the books balanced and organized. Evenings and Saturdays, Ileen was often found at rehearsal in preparation for an ARIEL production. Whether she was in the ensemble or played a more prominent role, Ileen could always be counted on to bring her best to every performance. Some of her more notable roles were Marilla in Anne of Green Gables, Nina in Schoolhouse Rock Live TOO!, Widow Douglas in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Nana in Tuck Everlasting, Mrs. McCarthy in The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Mrs. Whatsit from A Wrinkle in Time, Laundress in A Christmas Carol, and Grandma Tzeitel in Fiddler on the Roof. Ileen gave the world so much and will be missed by many, including her adoring fans at ARIEL.
For more information about Ileen’s life and legacy, along with details regarding her memorial services, click HERE. In lieu of flowers, Ileen requested that donations be directed to the ARIEL Theatrical Ileen Groves Memorial Fund. Access the fund online HERE or mail checks to ARIEL Theatrical at P.O. Box 1268, Salinas, CA 93902.
Our Disney Raffle Fundraiser is LIVE! Purchase a $5 Raffle ticket for a chance to win FOUR 2-day Park Hopper Passes and a $500 VISA gift card! Proceeds will be used to support ARIEL Theatrical programs for young people.
The drawing will be held on March 16, 2024 and presence is not required to win!