The Secret Garden
May 18, 19, 20, 2017
CCS presents the Broadway musical, The Secret Garden, on Thursday and Friday, May 18 and 19, at 7 PM and on Saturday, May 20, at 2 PM.
With book, lyrics, and music by Pulitzer Prize winner Marsha Norman and Lucy Simon, The Secret Garden is based on the beloved children’s classic of the same title by Frances Hodgson Burnett, published in 1911.
The musical, directed by Kristin Smither and CCS music director Hannah Stone, tells the story of a young girl, Mary Lennox (Joyelle Watkins), whose parents die of the cholera in India. She is sent to live with her reclusive uncle Archibald Cravin (Sam Garrett) and his brother Dr. Neville Cravin (Chris Beck). Upon arriving, she finds that the house is haunted by the souls of those that have died in the cholera, as well as her Aunt Lily (Lea Brenner), Archibald’s late wife, who died giving birth to his bedridden son Colin (Ben Allan), whom he never visits, except when Colin is sleeping. Mary also discovers her Aunt Lily’s garden, hidden, locked up, and overgrown. She, along with her friends Dickon (Taehee Um) and Martha (Emily Rader), are determined to revive the forsaken garden and, in the process, bring life back to a house and a soul crippled by past sorrow and regret.
While the story may be familiar to most audiences, the music and score of this Broadway musical are mostly unknown. However, the hauntingly beautiful melodies and the heartwarming, inspirational songs make this soundtrack memorable and impactful.
For music director Hannah Stone, this show is familiar and memorable, since she starred as Lily during her college years. She says of the show, “[The Secret Garden] has one of the most beautiful musical scores ever written, and it’s a story with depth that I wanted my students to experience. We definitely had the cast for the challenging music score.”
The cast includes 18 middle school and high school students, as well as a cameo performance by Tech Ed teacher Mr. Larry Everhart as Ben Weatherstaff. The cast will be accompanied by a 18-piece pit orchestra. Parent volunteers and school staff members have collaborated with students in set design and painting, staging, lightning, sound, costumes, hair and makeup.
Box office hours in the school lobby: Monday - Wednesday, May 15-17,
8 - 8:30 AM and 3 - 4 PM.