The Secret Garden
The Musical

Book and Lyrics by Marsha Norman, Music by Lucy Simon
based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Directed by Kathy Hyland

Production Kickoff: June 09, 2024

Audition: June 16, 2024

Performance Dates

Sept. 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, & 21, 2024 at 8:00PM
Sept. 15 & 22, 2024 at 2:00PM

Unless specifically noted, all roles are open to all regardless of race or ethnicity.

  • Mary Lennox – A 10 year old girl
  • Colin Craven – A 10 year old boy
  • Martha – (12 - 18 years old) A maid.
  • Dickon – (10 - 16 years old) A Yorkshire lad, Martha's brother.
  • Lord Archibald Craven – (age 38 - 50s) A man miserable for missing his late wife.
  • Dr. Neville Craven – Archibald's younger brother.
  • Lily Craven – A ghost? A memory? A feeling? Beloved wife of Archibald, mother of Colin.
  • Rose Lennox – Mary's mother, sister to Lily.
  • Capt. Albert Lennox – Mary's father.
  • Mrs. Medlock – Longtime housekeeper at Misslethwaite Manor.
  • Ben Weatherstaff – Stodgy head gardener.
  • Ayah – Mary's Indian nanny.
  • Fakir – A religious ascetic in India.
  • Mrs. Winthrop – A head mistress, doubles as a member of the Dreamers Chorus.
  • Dreamers Chorus
    • Officers with Capt. Lennox
      • Major Shelley
      • Major Holmes
      • Lieutenent Wright
      • Lieutenent Shaw
    • The Women of the British soldiers
      • Alice
      • Mrs. Shelley
      • Claire Holmes

The Secret Garden tells the story of a spoiled orphan girl, who is sent to live with her uncle on the Yorkshire moors and discovers renewed life, for herself and her cousin, in bringing her late aunt's garden back to life.

Kathy Hyland (Director) cannot describe how she feels about directing one of her favorite childhood stories. She received training from Ashland University, BA emphasis Acting & Directing. She is astonished to realize she has worked with over 20 professional, semi professional and community arts organizations, as a director, stage manager, crew member, Board member and actor. A few other directing credits include The Secret Garden & The Drowsy Chaperone (LTOB), Rest Assured ( Curtain Players) Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (King Ave. Players). But, her favorite role is that of daughter and grand daughter to the women that are her inspiration.

Thom Ogilvie (Music Director) is pleased to return to Curtain Players, having served as Music Director for last season's Tick Tick Boom. Thom has music directed all over the Central Ohio area, including shows for Licking County Players, The Lancaster Playhouse, LTOB, and Worthington Community Theatre. Thom is no stranger to the stage as well, appearing in many productions over the last decade, including Last Gas and The Laramie Project here at Curtain Players. Thom also serves as the Central Region Representative for the Ohio Community Theatre Association.


  • Production Kickoff: Sunday, June 09, 2024, 6:30 pm
  • Audition: Sunday, June 16, 2024


Script review, auditions, and performances take place at:
Curtain Players Theatre
5691 Harlem Road, Galena, OH 43021

Curtain Players offers an information session for each of its productions as a help for actors seeking roles, but attendance is not required to audition. The event is an opportunity for actors to become acquainted with the community theatre organization, to discuss the play with the director, and to ask questions about the audition process, rehearsal period, and production plans. Those interested in working behind the scenes are also invited to attend.

Curtain Players conducts open auditions for its productions. Roles are not cast in advance, and, unless specified otherwise in the role's description, are open to all without regard to race or ethnicity. Casting decisions are made by the director and a casting committee comprised of a member of the theatre board, a general member of the organization, and individuals of the director's choosing.

Please bring a picture and resume to auditions.
Please bring 16 - 21 measures of a prepared song, in a classic musical theatre style.

Requests for an early audition for The Secret Garden must be made no later than June 02, 2024.

Questions related to the audition process may be directed to

Rehearsals for our productions begin in an offsite location, to be determined for each production. Approximately one month before opening night, rehearsals move into the Harlem Road playhouse.

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