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Auditions!

Gulfport Little Theatre announces auditions for its production of the classic musical The Secret Garden, directed by Jay Lynn with Musical Direction by Cherie Cruso Ruff. Auditions will be at 7:00pm on Sunday, April 8th and Tuesday, April 10th at Central Elementary School auditorium on Pass Road.

Rehearsals will typically run 3 days per week, Monday through Thursday, with possible Saturdays or Sundays as needed.

The show will run June 22-July 1 including one weekday of Camp / Summer School performances during the run.

Frances Hodgson Burnett’s beloved classic, The Secret Garden, blossoms in this enchanting musical by Pulitzer Prize-winner Marsha Norman and Lucy Simon. When young Mary Lennox loses her parents to a cholera outbreak in India, she is sent to live with her uncle, hermit Archibald Craven, who lives in an imposing, secluded manor on the British heath. Inside the haunting house upon the hill, Mary finds a reclusive, long-suffering collection of souls. Since her aunt Lily’s death, Mary’s uncle has pushed away his surviving loved ones, leaving his bedridden son, Colin, alone. Sickly Colin, hidden away in the depths of the manner, bears the guilt of his mother’s death on his crippled shoulders. When Mary discovers her Aunt Lily’s hidden garden, locked shot and overgrown with vines, stubborn Mary is determined to revive the beauty that once was. Surrounded by spirits from the past, who both warn and welcome her, determined Mary begins to peel away the layers of sadness that cover the house and the garden, showing us the power that “one small girl” can have when she “wants things to grow.”

This is an open audition for the full production with over 20 roles for males and females ages 10 and up. Auditionees should come prepared with a short musical selection (1 minute). No acapella auditions, please. Auditionees can bring a cd accompaniment with no vocals, mp3, or sheet music. An accompanist will be available. Actors should be prepared to do a cold reading from the script.