THE SECRET GARDEN
Music by Lucy Simon
Book & Lyrics by Marsha Norman
Based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett
BY ARRANGEMENT WITH ORiGiN™ THEATRICAL
ON BEHALF OF SAMUEL FRENCH INC.
MARY LENNOX - ELSIE WILSON
ARCHIBALD CRAVEN, Mary’s uncle - ANTHONY MASON
DR NEVILLE CRAVEN, his brother - SAM HILE
MARTHA, a chambermaid - ANNEMARIE MURPHY
DICKON, Martha’s brother - DAVID CUMISKEY
LILY CRAVEN, Colin’s mother - RACHAEL FULLSTON
COLIN CRAVEN - JOSHUA WILSON
BEN, the gardener - ADAM WILSON
MRS MEDLOCK, the housekeeper - JENI SISTROM
CAPTAIN ALBERT LENNOX, Mary’s father - JAMES OGG
ROSE LENNOX, Mary’s mother - SARAH CONOLLY
ALICE - HANNAH LEARY
CLAIRE - AMELIA McCANN
AYAHS - RACHAEL FOREMAN, VERONIKA BRACEGIRDLE
MAJOR HOLMES - WARREN GRZIC
LIEUTENANT WRIGHT - JOSH WOODWARD
LIEUTENANT SHAW - BRUCE COITINHO-PAZ
MRS WINTHROP the headmistress - CATHY BULFIN
MRS HOLMES - LYNNE JAMES
JANE - MEGAN REDDEL
NURSE - LYNDAL WALKER
CHORUS - Daniella Brown, Lynne James, Angelica Lake-Brown, Megan Reddel, Lyndal Walker
About the Show
The Secret Garden is a family friendly musical based on the 1911 novel of the same name by Frances Hodgson Burnett, re-imagined in brilliant musical style by Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman.
Orphaned in India, 11 year-old Mary Lennox is sent to Yorkshire to live with her embittered, reclusive uncle and his invalid son, neither of whom she has ever met. The estate's many wonders include a magical garden which beckons the children with haunting melodies and the "Dreamers", spirits from Mary's past, who guide her through her new life, dramatising The Secret Garden's compelling tale of forgiveness and renewal. Mary's own personality blossoms as she and a young gardener bring new life to a neglected garden, as well as to her uncle and her sickly cousin.
Featured songs include “Winter's on the Wing”, “Race You to the Top of the Morning”, “Lily's Eyes”, “Wick”, “Come to My Garden”, “Hold On”, “Where in the World” and “How Could I Ever Know.”
- Elegant, entrancing...The best American musical of the Broadway season. - Time
- A splendid, intelligent musical...It's all you can hope for in children's theatre. But the best surprise is that this show is the most adult new musical of the season. - USA Today
- A many splendored children's fable that neither cloys or loses grip on its unique spell - Newsday
- Revels in theatrical imagination [and] achieves the irresistible appeal that moves audiences to standing ovations - Christian Science Monitor Premiere Production
The Secret Garden opened at the St. James Theatre on April 25, 1991 after 23 previews. The show played for a total of 709 performances and closed on January 3, 1993.
General information about the show and characters can be found at the Origin Theatrical website here.
The original Broadway soundtrack and some video clips are available on YouTube here.
Rehearsals start 21 July 2017 - Tuesday and Friday nights 7.30pm to 10.30pm. The production runs from 27 October to 11 November 2017 on Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 1pm and 7pm.
Director: Kath Sharpham
Music Director: Rebecca Hansen
Production Managers: Caroline Reddel and Megan Willis