Monday, January 14, 2013
"If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden." wrote Frances Hodgson Burnett in The Secret Garden. Now, one of the greatest stories of children's literature comes to life on the Dock Street Theatre Stage in Charleston Stage's beautiful original adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett's immortal classic. Audiences will re-discover the tale of orphaned Mary Lennox as she uncovers not just a garden but haunting mysteries that lead the way to redemption. Sponsored by and one of three productions in Charleston Stage's Piggly Wiggly Family Series, The Secret Garden is the perfect outing for children and families.
Members of Charleston Stage's Professional Resident Acting Company tell the tale of the persnickety Mary (played by James Madison University Theatre and Dance grad Arielle Kook), an eleven-year-old living in British India, who is forced to move in with her reclusive uncle Archibald Craven, played by Resident Acting Company member Harrison Grant, following a cholera epidemic. She finds herself in Yorkshire, England, on his Misselthwaite Manor. There, Mary is forced to fend for herself, and creates friendships with the maid, Martha (Lauren Monteleone), the maid's brother, Dickon (Devon A.A. Norris), and the kindly gardener Ben Weatherstaff (Scott Gibbs). Taking a shine to the girl, Martha tells Mary the tale of the late Mr. Craven's wife, her love for a private garden and her untimely death. When she died Mr. Craven had the garden locked and buried the key. But when Mary discovers the key in a badger hole, she not only opens the door to a fallow garden, but uncovers the estates' deepest secret -- the unearthly cries she keeps hearing each night.
Directed by one of Charleston Stage's Professional Resident Actors, who recently performed on stage as Grown Up Ralphie in A Christmas Story, Josh Harris leads this heartwarming saga that's absorbed readers for generations. Now see The Secret Garden bloom on stage.
February 3rd: "The Secret Garden." Presented by Charleston Stage at Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church Street; Adapted by Julian Wiles; Based on the Novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett; Directed by Josh Harris; Sponsored by Piggly Wiggly Family Series. Based on the 1911 novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden tells the story of Mary Lennox, a spoiled, 11-year-old orphan who is returned to England to live at her uncle's mansion. Mystery unfolds as Mary discovers family secrets and a hidden garden. Will Mary learn that caring for something as simple as a garden can unlock the key to her heart and soul? January 25 and February 1 at 3 p.m., and January 26, 27, February 2, 3, at 3:00 p.m. All tickets are $22.50. Tickets available online 24/7 at CharlestonStage.com. Tickets by phone available Mon-Fri 1pm-5pm (Also open Sa 1pm-5pm show weeks only) by calling (843) 577-7183.