Center Stage is presently showing the Tony Award-winning musical The Secret Garden,based on the beloved novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, with performances Oct. 30 through Nov. 29.
With book and lyrics by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Marsha Norman and music by Lucy Simon, The Secret Garden follows recently orphaned 10-year-old Mary Lennox from her home in India to England to live with her widowed uncle Archibald Craven at his Yorkshire manor, where she finds solace tending a neglected garden, coaxing far more than flowers back to life.
“This is a gorgeous production of The Secret Garden,” Center Stage Artistic Director Kwame Kwei-Armah said. “The story navigates emotional depths as well as touching moments of joy, bringing to the surface what it means to find love and light just when you think you’ll be consumed by darkness. The musical adaptation of this beloved novel is smart, thought-provoking and entertaining.”
The cast of The Secret Garden features Cameron Bartell (Dickon), Dan Beckmann (Captain Albert Lennox/Ensemble), Brandi Burkhardt (Lily), Caitlin Cohn (Mary Lennox), Carlyn Connolly (Claire Holmes/Ensemble), Kevin Earley (Archibald Craven), Anthony Frederickson (Colin Craven), Charlotte Maltby (Martha), Timothy McDevitt (Lieutenant Peter Wright/Ensemble), Adam Monley (Dr. Neville Craven), Gayton Scott (Mrs. Medlock), Vishal Vaidya (Fakir/Ensemble), Jessica Van Kipp (Rose Lennox), Anita Vasan (Ayah/Ensemble), Dathan B. Williams (Ben Weatherstaff), Michael Yeshion (Major Holmes/Ensemble), and Talia Noelle Zoll (Alice/Ensemble).
Tony Award-nominated choreographer and director Marcia Milgrom Dodge helms the production. The creative team also features Sariva Goetz (music director/orchestral arranger), Michael Sebastian (associate music director/conductor), Narelle Sissons (set designer), Leon Wiebers (costume designer), Matthew Richards (lighting designer), David Bullard (sound designer) and Puppet Kitchen Productions Inc. (puppet designer/construction). Jenifer Morrow is the production stage manager, and Brooke Redler is second stage manager.
Special events for The Secret Garden include:
Family Matinees with free activities and treats for children before the 2 p.m. matinee performances are Nov 22. Children’s tickets for these performances are 50% off with the purchase of at least one adult ticket.
Afterthoughts and Forewords preshow and post-show discussions with the show dramaturg are Nov 22.
Kickin’ It with the ’Rents, when children and their guardians get to enjoy a preshow meal and meet-and-greet with The Secret Garden actors for only $10 per ticket, is Nov. 21.
About Center Stage
Under the leadership of playwright, actor and director Kwame Kwei-Armah OBE (Artistic Director) and national arts leader Stephen Richard (Managing Director), Center Stage is an artistically driven institution committed to engaging, entertaining and enriching audiences through joyous and bold performances.
Hailed by The Wall Street Journal as “one of America’s leading regional companies,” Center Stage has, for more than 50 years, dedicated itself to exploring new works and bringing classics to life. This rich history is marked by critically acclaimed new works that have shaped the American theater— from the Tony Award-winning The Triumph of Love to world premieres such as Miss Evers’ Boys by David Feldshuh and On the Verge by Eric Overmyer.