Gallery 7 Theatre Holds Auditions for Award-Winning Musical, The Secret Garden

By November 21, 2019Arts, Community

(Abbotsford, BC) Gallery 7 Theatre is thrilled to be holding open auditions for its next production in their all-new, 2019-2020 ‘Ordinary Heroes’ theatre season, The Secret Garden, book & lyrics by Marsha Norman and music by Lucy Simon. The auditions will be held on Tuesday, November 26 starting at 6:00 PM and on Saturday, November 30, 2019 starting at 10:00 AM at the theatre’s rehearsal hall, #100 – 34595 3rd Ave in Abbotsford.

‘This uplifting Broadway musical is packed full of beautiful ballads and toe-tapping melodies,” says Ken Hildebrandt, executive/artistic director of Gallery 7 Theatre and the play’s director. “It won the Tony Award for best book, is a faithful adaptation of the classic children’s novel by Francis Hodgson Burnett, and tells a heart-warming story of family, friendship, healing and forgiveness. The show also presents performers with wonderful acting and singing opportunities.”

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Auditions are open to performers ages 14 & up and anyone interested in working behind the scenes as an assistant stage manager, running crew or as sound and lighting operators, are also welcome to attend the audition. Gallery 7 Theatre extends a special invitation to members of our South Asian community to participate in the show as well.

Orphaned in India, young Mary Lennox journeys back to England to live with her reclusive and embittered Uncle Archibald and his invalid son, Colin.  Struggling to come to terms with her new life at Misselthwaite Manor, with its ghostly hallways and vast moors, Mary discovers a secret garden hidden away and abandoned on the estate. A story of healing, forgiveness and renewal emerges as Mary dedicates herself to restoring the garden to its former glory and forges new friendships with an eclectic mix of colourful characters along the way.

“This powerful and moving story will warm your heart and refresh your spirits,” concludes Hildebrandt. “I can’t wait to share it with Fraser Valley audiences.”

The Secret Garden will run March 27 – April 4, 2020 at the Abbotsford Arts Centre, 2329 Crescent Way, Abbotsford. Rehearsals will commence January 13, 2020.

To register for an audition, or for more information, please visit www.gallery7theatre.com or call 604-504-5940. Auditionees will be assigned an audition time slot and a monologue closer to the audition. They are also asked to prepare up to 16 bars of music in their usual vocal range from a musical of their choice.

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