The Secret Garden

Auditions - Jan. 15 - 17, 2023

Music and Lyrics by Marsha Norman

Music by Lucy Simon

Adapted from the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett


Presented through special arrangement with: CONCORD THEATRICALS
Directed by: Dana Marley-Kolb
Produced by: Priscilla Losey & Sarah Ely

Music Director: Alison Friedman Rosenblum

Asst. Music Director: Leviticus Valko

Choreographer: Wendy Babb


Audition Dates & Times:

Sunday-Tuesday, January 15-17, 2023

7-10 pm

Conejo Players Theatre

351 S. Moorpark Road

Thousand Oaks, CA 91361


Performances:

March 24 – April 16, 2023

Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.


Audition Requirements:

Please prepare approximately one minute of a song, not from the show, in classic Broadway style. You may utilize our provided accompanist, or bring a track downloaded onto your own device. Sound system supplied. You will also be asked to read. Sides will be available at the auditions and one month before auditions on the CPT website. A small dance sequence will be given at call backs.

Rehearsals will generally be 7-10 pm Monday through Thursday, and Saturdays 10am -12:30 pm. Some days may vary to accommodate the Theatre’s schedule. Most rehearsals are held at the theatre. Rehearsals begin January 23rd. No conflicts will be allowed after March 17th.


For more information:

Contact Priscilla Losey & Sarah Ely at pcillalosey@gmail.com

Show Synopsis

The Secret Garden, the enchanting classic of children’s literature, has been reimagined in brilliant musical style by composer Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman. 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 magic garden which draws the children in with haunting melodies and the “Dreamers,” spirits from Mary’s past who guide her through her new life, dramatizing The Secret Garden‘s compelling tale of forgiveness and renewal.

Character Descriptions

Character Breakdown: Characters speak with either a Standard British Accent (RP) or a Yorkshire Accent (YORK). Accents do not need to be perfect at first audition, but attempts are appreciated.

Presenting Female:

LILY – 28-40 (Range: Soprano, Bb3-D6) Mary’s aunt and Archibald Craven’s wife. Died of a tragic accident within her garden and haunts the walls of Misselthwaite Manor. A passionate woman who followed her own instincts, she reaches from beyond the grave to ensure the happiness of those she cares for. RP

 

MARY LENNOX – Female, 10 (Range: Young Mezzo, Ab3-D5) A young girl sent to live with her uncle, Archibald, when her parents die from cholera in India. Initially spoiled, she becomes a curious explorer, and often finds herself in trouble. Stubborn and always fighting for what she believes in. Must be a strong singer/actress capable of carrying a show. RP

 

MRS. MEDLOCK – 35+ (Non singing but may be used offstage, Range: Flexible) Archibald’s housekeeper. Desperate to please those in charge and keep her job. World weary. YORK.

MARTHA – 18-30 (Range: Mezzo-Soprano Belt, G3-D5) A young and spunky housemaid. Although she is from a lower-class family, her wisdom is often far beyond her age, and her warmth initiates the thawing of Mary. YORK

 

Presenting Male

ARCHIBALD CRAVEN – 40-55 (Range: Baritone/Tenor, 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. Mary painfully reminds him too much of his wife, Lily, who died ten years ago. RP

 

DR. NEVILLE CRAVEN – 35-50 (Range: Baritone, C3-F#4) Archibald’s younger brother. Trapped by the idea that he is responsible for the caretaking of Colin and his brother. 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. RP

 

BEN WEATHERSTAFF – 40+ (Range: Ensemble-Part Flexible, Solo-speak/sing Baritone E3-D#4) Head gardener. Secretly entrusted to take care of the garden after Lily’s death. Crotchety, but with a soft heart, he eventually aids Mary and her friends. YORK

 

DICKON – 16-25 (Range: Tenor, D3-G4) Martha’s younger 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. Open, honest, energetic, and at one with nature. Befriends Mary and convinces her to take care of the Garden. RP

 

COLIN CRAVEN – 10 (Range: Young Mezzo, A3-E5) Archibald’s ten-year-old son. Spent his life in bed due to a heart condition. He is very stubborn and throws temper tantrums to get what he wants. He truly believes he is going to die. RP

 

The Following characters, referred to collectively as the Dreamers, are people from Mary’s life in India who haunt her until she finds her new life in the course of the story. They are free to sing directly to us, appearing and disappearing at will. All are defined characters with lines and character arcs, and all must be very strong singers. Lots of solo and intricate choral singing. Rose and Albert are secondary leads.

ROSE LENNOX – 28-38 (Range: Mezzo/Soprano, A3-D6) Mary’s distant mother. Doesn’t understand how her sister Lily could truly love Archibald. Beautiful and self-centered, she learns how to become a mother only after her own death. RP

 

CAPTAIN ALBERT LENNOX – 30-45 (Range: Baritone/Tenor, D3-A5) Mary’s loving father. Truly cares for Mary but is highly influenced by his passion for his wife. RP

 

ALICE – Age Flexible (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) Rose’s friend. Girlfriend to Lt. Wright. Clueless to the humanity of the Indian servants. RP

LIEUTENANT WRIGHT – Male, Age Flexible (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) Officer in Mary’s father’s unit. Excited to be invited to the Lennox home. RP

MAJOR HOLMES – Male, Age Flexible (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) Superior to Albert Lennox. Confident in his rank and power. RP

CLAIRE HOLMES – Female, Age Flexible (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) Major Holmes’ wife. Enjoys the privileges of a powerful husband. RP

FAKIR – Age Flexible (Range: Ensemble Tenor, C3-B4) Itinerant Hindu ascetic. Mary is fascinated watching him as he sings and dances. Must Move well. Indian Accent

AYAH – 30+ (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) Mary’s Indian nanny. Cares for Mary even though she is not treated well. Must move well. Indian Accent.