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The Secret Garden

Book and Lyrics by Marsha Norman
Music by Lucy Simon
Based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Directed by Sandy Kosovich Peck
Music Direction by Ed Leonard
Choreography by Jill Tschetter

Auditions – 5 minute timeslots
Sunday, March 3, 2019 beginning at 2:00 pm
Monday, March 4, 2019 beginning at 7:00 pm
Callbacks, Sunday, March 10, 2019 – by invitation only (possible second callback Monday, March 11, 2019 – by invitation only)

Rehearsals beginSunday, April 7, 2019
Rehearsals will GENERALLY be Sundays 1:00-5:00 pm, Mondays thru Thursdays 6:45-10:00 pm. 

 Production Dates
June 7-23, 2019 (No performance Father’s Day June 16, 2019)
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2:00 pm. 
One daytime senior matinee on Wednesday, June 12, 2019.  Attendance required. 

- Appointments Needed – 5-minute timeslots
- Call Ann Hedger at 440-951-7500 x103 to make your appointment.
- Reading from script sides
- Come prepared with 16-32 bars of a standard Musical Theatre song.
- Bring sheet music in the proper key.
- An accompanist will play for all auditioners. 
- Bring a detailed list of your conflicts beginning April 7, 2019.  This includes any school activities/events, sports activities/events and classes you may be taking that would cause you to miss a scheduled rehearsal.  All cast members must be available for tech week (June 2-6, 2019) and for all performances, including the daytime senior matinee performance.
- Please bring a headshot (school picture or snap shot will do).
- Resumes will be accepted (not required).

Casting Information:
- Needed:   Cast of approximately 25-30
- All roles are available.  22 principal roles for adults, 2 principal roles for children, plus ensemble.
- Age range is 8 years old-Adult.  (must be 8 years old by first rehearsal)
- No AEA contracts are available for this production.

Character Breakdown
LILY - Female, 28-38 (Range: Soprano, Bb3-D6) Mary's aunt and Archibald Craven's wife. Died of a tragic accident within her garden and metaphorically haunts the walls of Misselthwaite Manor.

MARY LENNOX - Female, 10 (Range: Young Voice, Ab3-D5) A ten year-old girl sent to live with her uncle, Archibald, when her parents die from cholera in India. Quite the curious explorer, and often finding herself in trouble. Stubborn and always fighting for what she believes in.

MRS. MEDLOCK - Female, Age Flexible (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) Archibald’s housekeeper. As cold as the Misselthwaite Manor.

NEVILLE CRAVEN - Male, 35-45 (Range: Baritone, C3-F#4) Archibald’s brother. Trapped by the idea that he is responsible for the caretaking of Colin. 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.

MARTHA - Female, 18-30 (Range: Mezzo-Soprano Belt, G3-D5) A faithful housemaid. Grew up near Yorkshire and has the accent to prove it. Although she is from a lower class family, her wisdom is often far beyond her age.

ARCHIBALD CRAVEN - Male, 35-45 (Range: Baritone, 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.

BEN WEATHERSTAFF - Male, Age Flexible (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible, E3-D#4) Head gardener. Secretly entrusted to take care of the garden after Lily’s death. Knows a great deal about the history of the garden and the grounds it sits on. He has worked for the family for many years. He calls himself “an old man.”

DICKON - Male, 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. Befriends Mary and convinces her to take care of the Garden.

COLIN CRAVEN - Male, 10 (Range: Young Voice, 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 believes his father hates him for causing Lily’s death.

MRS. WINTHROP - Female, Age Flexible (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) Headmistress of a private school. Prides herself on nurturing girls with tempers. Mary seems to be more than she can handle.

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.

ROSE LENNOX - Female, 28-38 (Range: Soprano, A3-D6) Mary's mother. A “dreamer” from the past who doesn’t understand how her sister Lily could truly love Archibald. Very loyal to her husband and refuses to leave India during the cholera outbreak that takes her life.

CAPTAIN ALBERT LENNOX - Male, 30-40 (Range: Tenor, D3-A5) Mary's father. Tries to send Rose out of India during the cholera outbreak.

ALICE - Female, Age Flexible (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) Rose's friend.

LIEUTENANT WRIGHT - Male, Age Flexible (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) Officer in Mary's father's unit.

LIEUTENANT SHAW - Male, Age Flexible (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) Fellow officer.

MAJOR SHELLEY - Male, Age Flexible (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) Officer.

MRS. SHELLEY - Female, Age Flexible (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) Major Shelley's wife.

MAJOR HOLMES - Male, Age Flexible (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) Officer.

CLAIRE HOLMES - Female, Age Flexible (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) Major Holmes' wife.

FAKIR - Male, Age Flexible (Range: Tenor, C3-B4) Itinerant Hindu ascetic.

AYAH - Female, Age Flexible (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) Mary's Indian nanny.

FAA Theatre Arts Camp (TAC) 2019 Audition Dates & Requirements

Audition appointment required.
Schedule an audition time by calling the FAA Customer Service Center at 440-951-7500. 
It is imperative that all campers go through the audition process for placement purposes. All levels of experience are considered. 
Auditions must be completed by Saturday, June 8, 2019 for participation in the 2019 camp. 

Age Requirements
Students entering grades 3 through 12 in Fall 2019

TAC Auditions
Saturday, April 6, 2019 – beginning at 1:00 pm (until 4:30 pm) – Room 156
Saturday, May 11, 2019 – beginning at 1:00 pm (until 4:30 pm) – Room 156

If you are unavailable for either of the audition dates, please contact TAC director, Sandy Kosovich Peck at , or call 440-951-7500 to arrange an alternate audition date.

Your audition must be scheduled on one of the above dates or by special arrangement prior to June 8, 2019.

 Audition Preparation

  • Student must memorize a short poem or monologue (a short, single character speech) from a play, book or movie no longer than 1 minute in length.
  • Student must prepare a short song to sing, any style. Please bring sheet music in the appropriate key for the accompanist.  Please, NO CDs or recorded accompaniment.  Sheet music can be found at local music stores such as Arrowhead Music or Pfabe’s Music, at local libraries or online at such websites at .
  • Please arrive 10 minutes before scheduled time and plan to stay for 1/2 hour.
  • Visitors or guests are NOT permitted to watch the auditions.  Parents may wait in the hallway or gallery while their child is auditioning.

Students may register before or after the required audition. Students must schedule a placement audition during one of the dates listed above.

Payment Options
Payment can be made in full at time of registration
a 50% deposit of total camp tuition per camper can be made to secure placement into TAC.  The camp deposit is fully refundable if the student withdraws from TAC PRIOR to the end of the business day on Monday, May 6, 2019.  Beginning Tuesday, May 7, 2019 the camp deposit is non-refundable.  The remaining camp balance is due by the end of the business day on Friday, May 24, 2019.

There are a limited number of scholarships available for summer camps.  Please call (440) 951-7500 or visit  for scholarship information. 
Scholarship deadline: April 26, 2019.

Important TAC 2019 Information

Camp Dates:
June 17 - July 26, 2018 -6 weeks
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays – 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Before Care: 8:00-9:00 am and After Care: 3:00-4:00 pm included in camp tuition.
Attendance during the sixth week and all of the performances is mandatory.

Performance Dates:
July 26 & 27, 2018 at 7:00 pm
July 27 & 28, 2018 at 2:00 pm

Watch for more audition postings soon.

General Information

Audition information also appears on NEOhioPAL listserve (, in the News Herald and in the Tribune.  Audition flyers may also be picked up at The Fine Arts Association.  If you would like more information regarding auditions, contact Ann Hedger, programming coordinator, at 440-951-7500, ext. 103.