The Secret Garden


Adapted by Marsha Norman and Lucy Simon, based on the book The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett Artisan Center Theater (NON EQUITY)

Directed by Joe Sturgeon
Musical Direction by Richard Gwozdz
Stage Management by Cassondra Plybon
Performed at Artisan Center Theater at 444 East Pipeline Road, Hurst, Texas

AUDITION DATES: Monday, July 20th and Tuesday, July 21st, 2015, starting at 7pm
CALL BACKS will be held Wednesday, July 22nd, starting at 7pm
AUDITIONS will be held in the Artisan Annex at 404 East Pipeline Road, Hurst, Texas
REHEARSALS will begin Monday, July 27th, and will generally be on M/T/W/Th/Sat
PRODUCTION runs September 4th – October 10th, 2015 with performances on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights at 7:30pm and Saturday matinees at 3pm on 9/12, 9/19, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10/2015.



Auditions are by appointment. Copy the following link onto browser and then make an appointment: Come prepared to sing 32 bars of a show tune (with your sheet music) that will show us your complete range – an accompanist will be provided – no CD’s please. We are looking for the exact blend of voices that will create a wall of sound. British and/or Yorkshire dialects are welcome at auditions. All roles are open. Please bring a headshot/resume and your completed audition info located on this page. If asked to return for a call back expect to read from the script and learn/sing a song from the show. Any other questions about the show can be addressed by the director at

Actors will be given six complimentary tickets to be used during the first four performances; a season ticket, valid for one year (to be used during the first week of productions); a show t-shirt; and a disk with scene shots from the production.





This enchanting classic of children’s literature is reimagined in brilliant musical style by composer Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of ‘Night Mother. Orphaned in India, 11 year-old Mary Lennox returns to Yorkshire to live with her embittered, reclusive uncle Archibald and his invalid son Colin. The estate’s many wonders include a magic garden which beckons the children with haunting melodies and the “Dreamers”, spirits from Mary’s past who guide her through her new life, dramatizing The Secret Garden’s compelling tale of forgiveness and renewal.


PARTS AVAILABLE (most parts will be double cast):

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, 11 (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.
DR. 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, 11 (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. SHELLY – 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.


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Artisan Center Theater is a 196 seat theater-in-the-round located at 444 East Pipeline in Hurst, Texas.  Artisan produces 9 main stage shows (family friendly dramas, comedies, and musicals) and 9 children’s shows a year. Artisan was recently named Best Theatre Group by Dallas A-List Voters and is entering its 13th season as one of the top community theaters in the country.  More information can be found at