ABOUT THE SHOW:
The enchanting classic of children’s literature is reimagined in brilliant musical style by composer Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman, the Pullitzer Prize-winning playwright.
Based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The year is 1906. Orphaned in India, 11 year old Mary Lennox returns to England to live with her embittered, reclusive Uncle Archibald and his invalid son Colin at Misselthwaite Manor. Living in his lonely manor house on the Yorkshire Moors, Archibald Craven yearns for his beautiful late wife, Lily. He blames Colin for his wifes death. Although he loves Colin, he cannot cope with seeing him, and has left Colin isolated and in the care of his doctor brother. Mary is the late Lily’s niece, and has no relatives closer than Archie, whom she has never met. The estates many wonders include a magic garden which beckons the children with haunting melodies and the “Dreamers”, spirits from Mary’s past who guide her through her new life. With the help of her friend Dickon, a local “spirit of nature” – the magic and adventures locked inside the garden are released changing all their lives forever dramatizing The Secret Garden’s compelling tale of forgiveness and renewal.
WINNER! 1991 Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical
NOMINEE! 1991 Tony Award for Best Musical and Best Score
WINNER! 1991 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Book of a Musical
NOMINEE!1991 Drama Desk Award for Best Musical and Best Score
WINNER! Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical – Daisy Eagan
WINNER! Best Costume Design – Heidi Landesman
A concert production of the show played at Lincoln Center in New York 2016 and a possible Broadway revival was announced January 2017.
ROLES TO BE CAST:
Female Roles (8)
LILY – Age 28-38 – Soprano Bb3-D6 Mary’s Aunt and Archibald Craven’s wife. Died of a tragic accident within her garden and metaphorically haunts the walls of Misselthwaite Manor.
MARY LENNOX – Reads as 10 but can be 9 – 12. Range: Young Voice, Ab3-D5. Sent to live with her uncle, Archibald, when her parents die of Cholera in India. A curious explorer, strong, stubborn, spoiled, bewildered, alone, but always fighting for what she believes in. At heart a warm girl.
MRS. MEDLOCK – age 35-55 – ENSEMBLE – speaking parts – Housekeeper of Misselthwaite Manor.
MARTHA – Mezzo soprano Belt age 22-35 – Faithful housemaid from Yorkshire. Although from lower class family, her wisdom is often far beyond her age.
MRS. WINTHROP – age 28 – 55 – ENSEMBLE – Headmistress of a private school. Prides herself on nurturing girls with tempers. Mary seems to be more than she can handle.
ROSE LENNOX – Soprano – age 28-38 A3-D6 . Supporting role. Mary’s mother. A “Dreamer” from the past who doesn’t understand how her sister Lily could truly love Archibald. Refuses to leave India during cholera outbreak that takes her life. Can be “petulant” – a “princess” but appealing.
ALICE/CLAIRE HOLMES/MRS SHELLEY – Flexible age. ENSEMBLE
AYA – Flexible Age – Support role – Mary’s Indian nanny and main caregiver
MALE ROLES (11)
DR CRAVEN – Baritone – Archibald’s brother. Trapped by the idea that he is responsible for the caretaking of Colin. Even though he was never loved back by Lily, he is still in love with her. This adds to his unwillingness to move on and leave Misselthwaite.
ARCHIBALD CRAVEN – Bari- Tenor – Mary’s uncle and lord of Misselthwaite Manor. Haunted by the past and afraid of the future, he locks himself away both physically and mentally, Mary painfully reminds him too much of his wife Lily who died years ago.
BEN WEATHERSTAFF – 35- 60 – ENSEMBLE & solo – Head gardner. Secrectly entrusted to take care of the garden after Lily’s death. Knows a great deal about the history of the garden and the grounds it sits on . He has worked for the family fof many years. He calls himself “an ol man”
DICKON – Flexible age – TENOR – D3-G4 – Martha’s brother. Looks after the sick plants and animals within the Misselthwaite grounds – including Mary. He is a young man who is between the world of child imagination and adult reasoning. Befriends Mary and convinces her to take care of the Garden.
COLIN CRAVEN – Boy Soprano Reads as 10 but actor can be 9-13. Archibalds son. Spent his life in bed due to a heart condition. Capable of being very rude and petulant but essentially sweet natured.
CAPTAIN ALBERT LENNOX – age flexible – Bartone/Tenor – Mary’s father. A warm and loving father
LIEUTENANT WRIGHT – age flexible – Fellow officer – ENSEMBLE
LIEUTENANT SHAW – age flexible – Officer – ENSEMBLE
MAJOR SHELLEYL – afe flexible – Officer – ENSEMBLE
MAJOR HOLMES – officer – ENSEMBLE
FAKIR – age flexible – TENOR – Support Role – Indian mystic/ servant