The Un-Common Theatre Company Proudly Presents “The Secret Garden”

The Un-Common Theatre Company is proud to present the Tony award winning musical “The Secret Garden” at the Orpheum Theater, Foxboro over the weekend of April 1st.

Based on the classic children’s novel by Francis Hodgson Burnett, “The Secret Garden” tells the haunting story of a young girl’s struggle to free the inhabitants of a gloomy Yorkshire mansion who are emotionally imprisoned by a tragic memory. Through her tenacity, human courage and her profound sense of dignity, young Mary Lennox, sent to live in the sorrowful house following the death of her parents from cholera, brings her departed aunt’s neglected garden back to life, along with the spirit and soul of her long grieving uncle and the health of her fragile, bedridden cousin.

Director Michael La Fleur brings the heart and soul of this emotionally charged musical to life through pure theatrical staging, intriguing illusions, and haunting visual imagery. Guided by the whirling, gliding ghosts of her past, and with the help of a handful of unforgettable characters, Mary’s story unfolds in dark visions of haunted hallways, a moving, dancing maze, portraits that come to life and, through some simple but artistically realized, creative stagecraft, a breathtaking garden that blooms before the audience’s eyes.

Esther Zabinski, Music and Orchestra Director, leads the talented cast of 29 through the beautiful and sophisticated musical score.

“The Secret Garden features Deirdre Pedersen of Westborough as Mary Lennox; Johnny Fullerton of Mansfield as Archibald Craven; Katie Beckvold of Abington as Lily Craven; Andrew Purdy of Franklin as Colin Craven; Sarra Forti of Middleboro as Martha; Sean Neary of Mansfield as Dr. Neville Craven; Ryan Larkin of Mansfield as Dickon; Olivia Losiewicz of Mansfield as Mrs. Medlock; and Corey Cadigan of West Bridgewater as Ben Weatherstaff.

Completing the talented cast are:

From Foxboro: Jonah Philibert (Fakir), Erin Van Dell (Mrs. Shelly)

From Mansfield: Katie Armstrong (Alice), Michaela Buccini (Mrs. Winthrop), Alex Fullerton (Lt. Wright), Lloyd Hewitt (Capt. Albert Lennox), Abbey Johnston (Claire Holmes), Logan Marks (Major Holmes) and Kelly Newton (Rose Lennox)

From Needham: Sara Curtin (ensemble), Erin Lipman (ensemble), Ava Marinelli (ensemble), and Kate Oetheimer (ensemble)

From Norfolk: Sarah Gibson (Ayah), Julie Lugten (ensemble), and Emily Walsh (ensemble)

From North Easton: Tim Andrew (Major Shelly)

From Norton: Elizabeth Riley (ensemble) and Abigail Sitte (ensemble)

From Westwood: Marybeth Hogan (ensemble)

Performances will be held at The Orpheum Theatre, Foxboro and are recommended for audiences age 8 and older. Tickets are $20 for adults, and $15 for seniors and students and may be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets at (800) 838-3006 or order online at www.brownpapertickets.com and search for “The Secret Garden”. For Un-Common member or group sales please call The Un-Common Theatre Co. at (508) 698-3098.

For school groups, the Un-Common Theatre Company is offering a special school performance on Friday, April 1 at 9:30 am. Tickets are $10 each which gives schools a remarkable deal for the quality of this fully orchestrated theatrical production. To make reservations for this special offer, call Nancy at (508) 261-9892.

The Un-Common Theatre Co. is currently in its 31st season of providing a safe, exciting and creative place for children and adolescents to develop life skills through exposure to the professional theatrical experience. For more information on the Un-Common Theatre Co. and “The Secret Garden” please visit their website at www.uncommontheatre.org

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