The Secret Garden

2013.1 - The Secret GardenFrankston Arts Centre : January 2013


Brief Synopsis:

In the musical The Secret Garden, as in the classic children’s book, ten year old Mary Lennox awakens one morning in India to discover that her parents and all in the surrounding compound of English residents have been killed by a cholera epidemic. Soon she is being swept along, without explanation, to her uncle’s mansion in Yorkshire to be raised by a stern housekeeper who finds her spoiled and unruly. Her only living relatives since the death of her Aunt Lily, ten years ago, are her uncles Archibald and Dr. Neville Craven. Both men are still too wrapped up in their own grief at Lily’s death to notice her and Mary is left to wander on her own much of the time, she finds a locked gate. Although she is persistent in questioning the servant girl Martha she has befriended, Mary cannot find the secret to the locked garden. Soon Mary takes matters into her own hands and she uncovers a long lost key to the garden and also a closed door in the mansion that houses her invalid cousin Colin. Helping Colin discover that he is not as ill as people believe him to be, Mary’s personality undergoes a dramatic change. With the help of Martha and Martha’s brother Dickon, she and Colin untangle the secret of her Aunt Lily’s death and Colin’s birth, and together they nurse the long neglected garden back to full bloom


Production Team
Director Brad Dart
Musical Director Malcolm Fawcett
Production Co-ordinator Brett Wingfield
Stage Manager Karen Garaway
Costume Design Brett Wingfield
Set and Scenic Design John Burrett
  John Shelbourn
  Brenton Staples
Lighting Design Brad Alcock
Make Up Design  
Sound Design Marcello Lo Ricco
Assistant to Director Tracy Campbell
Assistant Stage Manager Nicole Lylak
Props Co ordinator Jane Lacey
Children’s Chaperone Jacinta Wilson
Program Kylie McMillan
Costume Co ordinator Brett Wingfield
Children’s Costume Co ordinator Cathy Conway
Costume Assistant Katrina Manser
  Maria Sabbatucci
Company Tickets Fran Boyd
LX Board Operator Dave Boddison Gray
LX Head Dome Patsi Boddison
LX Domes Naomi Boddison Gray
LX Domes Tina Boddison Gray
LX Domes Yaz Sesta
Flyman Michael Bates
Props Peter Bates
Set Construction Scott Lavender
Set Construction Assistant Ash Lavender
  Michael Fletcher
Sound Operator Marcello Ricco
Sound Assistant Steve Cooke
Sound Radio Mic Technician Gina Goss
  Angela Ginsberg
Staging Michael Brasser
  Chris Brown
  Craig Dixon
  Liam Dodds
  Grace Ephraums
  Lachlan Fletcher
  Zac Groeneveld
  Tara Kabalan
  Jez Lylak
  Tim Mann
  Stephanie Poon
  Josh Sunderland
Rehearsal Pianist Krystal Tunncliffe
  Anthony Bingham
  Greg Smith
  Roxanne Viggiano
Program Photos Michael Fletcher
Stage Photos Michael Fletcher
Dresser Cathy Conway
  Jacinta Wilson
  Brett Wingfield
Green Room Jan Lavender
  Carole Cuthbertson
  Christine Congdon
  Helen Brown
  Judi McCormack
Front of House Christine Congdon
Front of House Display Chris Brown
Audition Secretary Brett Wingfield
Bass Adrian Close
Cello Debbie McLeod
Drums Ben Hudson
Horn 1 Kevin Close
Horn 2 Anthony Cardamone
Keyboard Danny Forward
  Krystal Tunncliffe
Reed 1 Paul Jenkins
Reed 2 Kara Williams
Reed 3 Glenn Taylor
Trombone Stacey Ford
Trumpet Danny Dielkens
  Mark Smith
Viola John Clancy
Violin 1 Hamish Paterson
  Prue Glenn   
Violin 2 Jody Porter
  Marjolijn Kindt
Mary Lennox Eliza Bennetts O’Connor
Archibald Craven Toby Truscott
Lily Craven Cassandra Beckitt
Colin Craven Zac Krause
Martha Carly Hobbs
Dickon Matthew Clayton
Neville Craven Robert Clark
Ben Weatherstaff Colin Armstrong
Mrs Medlock Lindy Yeates
Mrs Winthrop Beryle Frees
Rose Lennox Samantha Du Rennes
Captain Albert Lennox John Tacey
Fakir Ashley Roussety
Ayah Tatiana Vega
Lieutenant Peter Wright Shane Foster
Lieutenant Ian Shaw Joshua Aiello
Major Holmes Robert Harsley
Claire Holmes Hayley-Sue Doran
Alice Brooke Cowley
Ensemble Bradley Beard
Damien Calvert
Emily Mercurio