Tyler Junior College

Tickets on sale Feb. 13 for 'The Secret Garden'

Published Wednesday, 6th February 2013

“The Secret Garden” is the spring musical currently in the works by the students and faculty of Tyler Junior College’s theater, music and dance departments.

Show times are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, Feb. 20-23, in Wise Auditorium on the TJC main campus.

All seats are $5, and tickets go on sale Wednesday, Feb. 13, in the TJC Box Office located in the lobby of Wise Cultural Arts. Box office hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays. For reservations, call 903-510-2212.

The production is under the stage direction of Denise Weatherly-Green, who is also in charge of scenic and lighting design. Musical direction is by Andrea Trent. Orchestra conductor is Heather Mensch.

Choreography is by Justine Pojanowski. Assistant directors are Kati Sigler and Cedric Cain. Stage managers are Jacob Charlebois and Trevor Commons. Costume coordinator and makeup are by Rebecca Faulds. Properties and sound are by Jacob Davis. Theater management is by Dr. David W. Crawford.

Cast includes: Daniel Hinkle, Crosby; Braden Socia, Tyler; J.C. Schmidt, Whitehouse; Connor Morris, Whitehouse; David Rhode, Tyler; Trevor Commons, Ferris; Corlos Cordero, Barinos; Hanro Janse van Rensburg, Kempton Park, South Africa; T.J. Rankin, Whitehouse; Jack Ragland, Lindale; Timothy Blackmon, Frankston; Cedric Cain, Tyler; Kimberly Powers, Tatum; Mandy Drager, Tyler; Stephanie Spencer, Palestine; Rachel Creason, Tyler; Kathrena Weatherly, Tyler; Sarah Westbrook, Diana; Kristen Miller, Weatherford; Kati Sigler, Canton; C.C. Weatherly, Tyler; Sarah Wells, Whitehouse; Hannah Johnson, Tyler; and Rebecca Carney, Tyler.

Based on the Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic children’s novel, “The Secret Garden” is reimagined in brilliant musical style by composer Lucy Simon and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Marsha Norman. The original Broadway production garnered three 1991 Tony Awards.

Orphaned in India, 11-year-old Mary Lennox returns to Yorkshire, England 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. The “Dreamers,” spirits from Mary's past who guide her through her new life, serve to dramatize this compelling tale of forgiveness and renewal.

Author: Elise Mullinix

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