The Thunder Mountain High School Theater Department will open “The Secret Garden: A Musical” on Friday, Feb. 18, at the TMHS auditorium.
In this musical adaptation of the Frances Hodgson Burnett 1911 literary classic, young Mary Lennox, sent to live in England after her parents die in India. Misselthwaite Manor turns out to be a gloomy fortress, where Mary’s mysterious uncle mourns the death of his wife, and their young son Colin, convinced he’s an incurable invalid, never leaves his room. Mary discovers a strange walled garden that has been locked up for years, and with the help of Dickon, a lad who can talk to animals; Mary coaxes the garden back to life. The garden seems to have a wonderful, magical effect on all who come into it, allowing Mary to help restore Colin to health and devise a reunion with his father.
The bright, lively score includes “Take a Flower To the Fair,” You Can Do It” and “Something’s Happening With Master Colin.” This version also introduces the Sowerbys “One Big Happy Family” who teach Mary what it is to be loved.
Starring in the show are TMHS seniors Sami Martinez as Mary Lennox, Lars Johnson as Dickon, Kaitlin Lowry as Mrs. Medlock, Laura May Fees as Martha, Rachel Sielbach as Mrs. Sowerby, Abi Fox as Cook, Wil Sangster as John, and Amanda Gile as Nurse. Newcomer to Juneau and TMHS sophomore Andrew Raney stars as Master Colin.
All of these students have also been involved with this year’s Poetry Out Loud competition.
Senior musicians in the pit are Kimberly Laboca (piano), Grady Wright (flute), and Alex Whitehead (bass).
Adult members of the team include Dawn Kolden (director) Cecilia Eggers (costumes), Tyree Pini (musical direction) and Ulu Mills (set design).
Performance dates for “The Secret Garden are Friday and Saturday, Feb. 18 and 19 and Feb. 25 and 26. Showtime for all four performances is at 7:30 p.m. at the Thunder Mountain High School auditorium.