- Monday or Tuesday, January 14 from 7pm to 9pm
- Auditions for THE SECRET GARDEN will be held Sunday, January 20 and Monday, January 21 at the Springfield Little Theatre Education Facility, 237 South Florence Ave., beginning at 7:00 p.m.
- Callbacks are scheduled for Tuesday, January 22 beginning at 7:00 p.m.
- All auditioning for a principle, supporting, or ensemble role should prepare a one-minute vocal selection and bring sheet music. An accompanist will be provided.
- Classical/Contemporary “dancers only” should come to callbacks Tuesday, January 22 at 7:00 p.m.
- Any interested females interested in the two “spoken roles only” will be asked to read from the script.
Springfield Little Theatre’s THE SECRET GARDEN will be directed by Lorianne Dunn with music direction by Susan Gravatt.
Most rehearsals for SLT’s production of THE SECRET GARDEN will be held Sunday-Thursday evenings between the hours of 6:00-10:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 2, 7:30 p.m.; Friday, May 3, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, May 4, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, May 5, 2:00 p.m.; Thursday, May 9, 7:30 p.m.; Friday, May 10, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, May 11, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, May 12, 2:00 p.m.; Thursday, May 16, 7:30 p.m.; Friday, May 17, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, May 18, 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, May 12, 2:00 p.m.
Additional promotional appearances TBA. Cast members are expected to be available for every performance. No exceptions.
Frances Hodgson Burnett’s beloved Victorian classic, The Secret Garden, blossoms anew in this enchanting musical by Pulitzer Prize-winner Marsha Norman and Lucy Simon. When young Mary Lennox loses her parents to a cholera outbreak in India, she is sent to live with her uncle, hermit Archibald Craven, who lives in an imposing, secluded manor on the British heath. Inside the haunting house upon the hill, Mary finds a reclusive, long-suffering collection of souls. Since her aunt Lily’s death, Mary’s uncle has pushed away his surviving loved ones, leaving his bedridden son, Colin, alone. Sickly Colin, hidden away in the depths of the manner, bears the guilt of his mother’s death on his crippled shoulders. When Mary discovers her Aunt Lily’s hidden garden, locked shut and overgrown with vines, stubborn Mary is determined to revive the beauty that once was. Surrounded by spirits from the past, who both warn and welcome her, determined Mary begins to peel away the layers of sadness that cover the house and the garden, showing us the power that “one small girl” can have when she “wants things to grow.”
Character Breakdown for SLT’s production of THE SECRET GARDEN:
Mary Lennox 10 year-old English girl Female Soprano
Archibald Craven Hunchback widower still overcome by grief Male Baritone
Dr. Neville Craven Brother of Archibald who manages the manor Male Baritone
Martha Young chambermaid Female Mezzo
Dickon Martha’s brother who explores the garden Male Tenor
Lily Mary’s mother’s sister who died many years ago Female Soprano
Colin Craven Mary’s cousin, confined to his bed since birth Boy Soprano
Ben Weatherstaff An old gardener Male Tenor
Mrs. Winthrop Headmistress of a girl’s boarding school Female Spoken
Mrs. Medlock Cold housekeeper Female Spoken
Rose Mary’s mother, Lily’s sister Female Soprano
Captain Lennox Mary’s father Male Tenor
Alice Rose’s Friend Female Soprano
Lieutenant Wright Officer who discovers Mary after cholera epidemic Male Tenor
Lieutenant Shaw A fellow officer Male Baritone
Major Holmes Officer with Wright when Mary’s discovered Male Tenor
Major Shelly A fellow officer Male Tenor
Mrs. Claire Holmes Major Holmes’ Wife Mezzo-Soprano
Mrs. Shelley Major Shelley’s Wife Mezzo-Soprano
Fakir An Indian chanter Male Tenor
Ayah Mary’s Indian nanny Soprano or Mezzo
Choral Ensemble of Ghosts, referred to in the libretto as “Dreamers,” who serve as the narrators and Greek chorus for the action/spirits of Archibald’s and Mary’s past–Male and Female Singers
The SLT Director would also like to incorporate a Dance Ensemble of Ghosts, who support the themes of love, loss, death, grief, and renewal throughout the action of the musical–Classical/Contemporary Dancers
Please direct questions to Lorianne Dunn at 417-351-3996 or firstname.lastname@example.org.