About The Secret Garden
Orphaned in India, 11-year-old Mary Lennox returns to Yorkshire to live with her embittered, reclusive uncle Archibald and his disabled son Colin. The estate's many wonders include a secret garden which beckons the children with haunting melodies, and the spirits from Mary's past who guide her through her new life, dramatizing The Secret Garden's compelling tale of forgiveness and renewal. The Tony Award-winning musical is based on Frances Hodgson Burnett's 1911 novel, reimagined in brilliant musical style by composer Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of ‘Night Mother.’
Winner! Three 1991 Tony Awards®, including Best Book of a Musical
Nominee: Seven 1991 Tony Awards®, including Best Musical and Best Score
Winner! Three 1991 Drama Desk Awards, including Outstanding Book and Orchestrations
Nominee: Thirteen 1991 Drama Desk Awards, including Outstanding Musical, Music and Lyrics
Dates: Sunday, March 27 & Monday, March 28 @ 6:30pm
Callbacks: Tuesday, March 29 @ 6:30pm
Location: Cornerstone Christian Academy Satellite High School, 1666 E Broad Street, Statesville, NC 28625
Come prepared to sing a song (32 bars). Must bring sheet music.
Be prepared to do a cold reading. Yorkshire and/or a proper British accent is a must, depending on the role.
CAST (10f, 12m, 1 girl, 1 boy)
- LILY - Female, 28-40, All Ethnicities (Range: Soprano, Bb3-D6) Mary's aunt and Archibald Craven's wife. Died of a tragic accident within her garden and haunts the halls of Misselthwaite Manor.
- MARY LENNOX - Female, 10-13, All Ethnicities (Range: Young Voice, Ab3-D5) A ten year-old girl sent to live with her uncle, Archibald, when her parents die from cholera in India. Curious, stubborn and always fighting for what she believes in.
- ARCHIBALD CRAVEN - Male, 35-50, All Ethnicities (Range: Baritone, C3-A4) Mary's uncle and lord of Misselthwaite Manor. He has a hunch-back. Haunted by the past and afraid of the future, he locks himself away both physically and mentally.
- DR. NEVILLE CRAVEN - Male, 35-50, All Ethnicities (Range: Baritone, C3-F#4) Archibald’s brother. Trapped by the idea that he is responsible for the caretaking of his nephew, Colin.
- MARTHA - Female, 18-35, All Ethnicities (Range: Mezzo-Soprano Belt, G3-D5) A faithful housemaid with wisdom beyond her years. Grew up near Yorkshire and has the accent to prove it.
- DICKON - Male, 16-30, All Ethnicities (Range: Tenor, D3-G4) Martha's younger brother. Looks after the plants and animals within the Misselthwaite grounds. He is a young man who is between the world of child imagination and adult reasoning. Befriends Mary and helps her find her way.
- COLIN CRAVEN - Male, 10-13, All Ethnicities (Range: Young Voice, A3-E5) Archibald's ten year-old son. Spent his life in bed due to a heart condition. He is very stubborn, selfish, and throws temper tantrums.
- MRS. MEDLOCK - Female, 35+, All Ethnicities (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) Archibald’s housekeeper. As cold as the Misselthwaite Manor.
- BEN WEATHERSTAFF - Male, 45+, All Ethnicities (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible, E3-D#4) Head gardener. Knows a great deal about the history of the garden and the grounds it sits on, as he has worked for the family for many years.
- MRS. WINTHROP - Female, 35+, All Ethnicities (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) Headmistress of a private school. Prides herself on nurturing girls with tempers. Mary seems to be more than she can handle.
The following characters, referred to collectively as the Dreamers, are people from Mary's life in India, who haunt her until she finds her way in the course of the story.
- ROSE LENNOX - Female, 28-45, All Ethnicities (Range: Soprano, A3-D6) Mary's mother. She doesn’t understand how her sister Lily could truly love Archibald. Refuses to leave India during the cholera outbreak that takes her life.
- CAPTAIN ALBERT LENNOX - Male, 30-50, All Ethnicities (Range: Tenor, D3-A5) Mary's father, a British Colonial Officer. Tries and fails to send Rose out of India during the cholera outbreak. Warm, kind, and a good father.
- FAKIR - Male, Age Flexible, Person of Color (Range: Tenor, C3-B4) Itinerant Hindu ascetic.
- AYAH - Female, Age Flexible, Person of Color (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) Mary's Indian nanny.
- ALICE - Female, Age Flexible, All Ethnicities (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) Rose's friend.
- LIEUTENANT WRIGHT - Male, Age Flexible, All Ethnicities (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) British Colonial Officer in Mary's father's unit.
- LIEUTENANT SHAW - Male, Age Flexible, All Ethnicities (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) Fellow British Colonial Officer.
- MAJOR SHELLEY - Male, Age Flexible, All Ethnicities (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) British Colonial Officer.
- MRS. SHELLEY - Female, Age Flexible, All Ethnicities (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) Major Shelley's wife.
- MAJOR HOLMES - Male, Age Flexible, All Ethnicities (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) British Colonial Officer.
- CLAIRE HOLMES - Female, Age Flexible, All Ethnicities (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) Major Holmes' wife.
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