Friday, December 23, 2016

audition notice - THE SECRET GARDEN - Valley Youth Theatre - January 3 and 4


Mary Lennox is a young English girl born and raised in India (British Raj). Orphaned at age eleven, she is sent to England to live at her uncle's great house on the Yorkshire Moors. It is a large estate but her uncle keeps himself locked up and his only son is an invalid. The mansion has many rooms that are full of secrets.

The grounds surrounding the large property are Mary's only escape. Then she discovers a secret garden, surrounded by walls and locked with a missing key. The magical garden beckons Mary to discover its secrets. One day, with the help of two unexpected companions, she discovers a way in. Through her care and love, she brings new life to the garden and her new home. The Secret Garden is a magically, compelling tale of forgiveness and renewal.

The Secret Garden, a Tony Award–winning musical, based on the 1911 novel by France Hodgson Burnett, is brought to life with enchanting music by composer Lucy Simon and wondrous lyrics by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Marsha Norman.

Show dates:   April 7 - 23, 2017

Audition dates:  January 3 - 4, 2017

Rehearsals begin: (tentative) February 20, 2017

Rehearsals will be Monday - Thursday & Saturdays (tentative) February 20 - March 30, 2017

Tech Week daily rehearsals will be April 1 - 6, 2017

Character Breakdown

Many Teen Characters Needed!

LILY (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 (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) Archibald’s housekeeper. As cold as the Misselthwaite Manor.

DR. NEVILLE CRAVEN - Male, (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 (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 (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.

BEN WEATHERSTAFF – Male (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 (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 (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 (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. They are free to sing directly to us, appearing and disappearing at will.

ROSE LENNOX - Female (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 (Range: Tenor, D3-A5) Mary's father. Tries to send Rose out of India during the cholera outbreak.

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

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

LIEUTENANT SHAW – Male (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) Fellow officer.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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