In his rambling manor house in 1906 England, widower Archibald Craven yearns for his beautiful wife. He blames his son, Colin, for her death and has isolated and neglected the boy. Young Mary Lennox comes to live with them after her parents’ death and finds a hidden, walled garden. She releases the magic within, changing their lives forever.
Children (under 18): Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, noon to 3PM
(If the child is not available on Sept. 20, please specify his/her availability)
Adults: Sunday/Monday, Sept. 21-22, 2014, 7PM to 10PM
Callbacks: Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, 7PM to 10PM—by invitation only
(If you are not available for callbacks, please alert director when requesting your audition slot)
All auditions/performances will be at 111 N. Hale St., Wheaton, IL
Show runs Nov. 14 through Dec. 7, 2014; no performance Thanksgiving Day.
Audition slots can be requested starting Sept. 1, 2014. Please email the following to [email protected]:
- Phone number and email address
- Age (if under 18)
- Parents’ names and phone (if under 18)
- Which role(s) are you most interested in?
- Are willing to accept any role?
- How did you hear about the auditions?
Walk-ins will also be seen (as time allows) on a first-come, first-served basis.
Auditioners should prepare 16–32 bars of a musical theater song in the style of “The Secret Garden” but not from the show itself. Please provide sheet music in the proper key. An accompanist will be provided.
Auditioners may not sing a cappella, nor with recorded music.
If you are auditioning only for a non-singing role, you will read from the script at your initial audition and you will not be required to sing.
A short dance call will be part of the preliminary audition. Please dress for freedom of movement.
CHARACTERS (unless specified, all roles require a standard British accent)
Archibald Craven (30s–50s) Tenor. Hunchbacked man overcome with grief over the loss of his beloved wife. Father to Colin. He takes in Mary, who reminds him of his late wife. He longs for reasons to move on and live again.
Lily Craven (25–35) Soprano. Dies in childbirth having Colin. As a spirit she watches over Archie and Colin, wanting only love and happiness for them.
Colin Craven (8–13) Soprano. Though Colin is basically healthy, his father’s overprotective nature has kept him bed-ridden and weak. Spoiled and demanding, Colin craves parental love and friends his age.
Dr. Neville Craven (30s–50s) Baritone. Archie’s brother. Was in love with Lily. Oversees the manor’s management and Colin’s care.
Capt. Albert Lennox (30–50) Tenor. Mary’s father. Dies of cholera early on and follows Mary as a spirit.
Rose Lennox (28–40) Mezzo. Mary’s mother. Dies of cholera early on and follows Mary as a spirit.
Mary Lennox (8–13), Mezzo. The heart of the story. After her parents die of cholera, she goes to live in a strange , new home with her Uncle Archie. Curious and astute, yet subject to childish tantrums. Needs to feel loved and at home.
Martha Sowerby (18–early 30s) Mezzo. Chambermaid at Misselthwaite Manor who takes a liking to Mary. Dickon’s sister. Yorkshire accent/dialect.
Dickon Sowerby (14–mid-20s) Tenor. A sprightly young fellow who loves nature and can charm animals. Martha’s brother. Fascinated by Misselthwaite’s gardens and mazes. Yorkshire accent/dialect.
Ben Weatherstaff (40+) Tenor. Head gardener at Misselthwaite Manor. Yorkshire accent/dialect.
Mrs. Medlock (35-60+) Head housekeeper for Misselthwaite. Busy, no-nonsense woman.
Fakir (18+) Tenor/alto/soprano. Indian chanter. (Open on gender and ethnicity).
Ayah (18+) Alto. Mary’s Indian nanny. (Open on ethnicity.)
Lt. Ian Shaw (25–35+) Tenor. Officer in Capt. Lennox’s unit. Dies of cholera and aids the spirit of Capt. Lennox by watching over his family.
Lt. Peter Wright (25–35+) Baritone. Officer in Capt. Lennox’s unit and discovers Mary alive. Dies of cholera and aids the spirit of Capt. Lennox by watching over his family.
Major Holmes (35–45+) Bass. Officer in Captain Lennox’s unit and discovers Mary alive. Dies of cholera and aids the spirit of Capt. Lennox by watching over his family.
Claire Holmes (25–40+) Soprano. Major Holmes wife. Dies of cholera.
Alice (25-40+ years old) Soprano. Rose’s friend. Dies of cholera.
Major Shelley (35–50+) Officer in Captain Lennox’s. Takes care of Mary before she moves in with Archie.
Mrs. Shelley (35–50+) Wife to Major Shelley. Takes care of Mary before she moves in with Archie.
Mrs. Winthrop (40s–60s) Head Mistress of an all-girls boarding school. Neville asks that she come to see Mary.
Ensemble: 2 men, 2 women (possibly more or fewer)