Charleston Stage’s THE SECRET GARDEN Opening January 25th at the Historic Dock Street Theatre

The Secret Garden

Playing January 25 – February 3 at the Historic Dock Street Theatre

Secret Garden

(Charleston, SC) “If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.” wrote Frances Hodgson Burnett in The Secret Garden. Now, one of the greatest stories of children’s literature comes to life on the Dock Street Theatre Stage in Charleston Stage’s beautiful original adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s immortal classic. Audiences will re-discover the tale of orphaned Mary Lennox as she uncovers not just a garden but haunting mysteries that lead the way to redemption. Sponsored by and one of three productions in Charleston Stage’s Piggly Wiggly Family Series, The Secret Garden is the perfect outing for children and families.

 

Members of Charleston Stage’s Professional Resident Acting Company tell the tale of the persnickety Mary (played by James Madison University Theatre and Dance grad Arielle Kook), an eleven-year-old living in British India, who is forced to move in with her reclusive uncle Archibald Craven, played by Resident Acting Company member Harrison Grant, following a cholera epidemic. She finds herself in Yorkshire, England, on his Misselthwaite Manor. There, Mary is forced to fend for herself, and creates friendships with the maid, Martha (Lauren Monteleone), the maid’s brother, Dickon (Devon A.A. Norris), and the kindly gardener Ben Weatherstaff (Scott Gibbs). Taking a shine to the girl, Martha tells Mary the tale of the late Mr. Craven’s wife, her love for a private garden and her untimely death. When she died Mr. Craven had the garden locked and buried the key. But when Mary discovers the key in a badger hole, she not only opens the door to a fallow garden, but uncovers the estates’ deepest secret — the unearthly cries she keeps hearing each night.

 

Directed by one of Charleston Stage’s Professional Resident Actors, who recently performed on stage as Grown Up Ralphie in A Christmas Story, Josh Harris leads this heartwarming saga that’s absorbed readers for generations. Now see The Secret Garden bloom on stage.

 

 

 

February 3rd: “The Secret Garden.” Presented by Charleston Stage at Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church Street; Adapted by Julian Wiles; Based on the Novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett; Directed by Josh Harris; Sponsored by Piggly Wiggly Family Series. Based on the 1911 novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden tells the story of Mary Lennox, a spoiled, 11-year-old orphan who is returned to England to live at her uncle’s mansion. Mystery unfolds as Mary discovers family secrets and a hidden garden. Will Mary learn that caring for something as simple as a garden can unlock the key to her heart and soul? January 25 and February 1 at 3 p.m., and January 26, 27, February 2, 3, at 3:00 p.m. All tickets are $22.50. Tickets available online 24/7 at www.charlestonstage.com. Tickets by phone available Mon-Fri 1pm-5pm (Also open Sa 1pm-5pm show weeks only) by calling (843) 577-7183.

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CHARLESTON STAGE’S THE SECRET GARDEN FACT SHEET

 

Theatre
The Historic Dock Street Theatre (135 Church Street)

 

Performances:

January 25, 2013 Fr 7:30pm

January 26, 2013 Sa 3:00pm

January 27, 2012 Su 3:00pm

 

February 1, 2013 Fr 7:30pm

February 2, 2013 Sa 3:00pm

February 3, 2013 Su 3:00pm

 

 

Prices:
Adult: $22.50
Seniors (60+): $22.50
Student: $22.50
Tickets Now On Sale:
Order by Phone (843) 577-7183
Order online at www.charlestonstage.com
Group Rates Available: Call Allison Schnake, Director of Sales, at (843) 647-7365
Student Rush: College student tickets, with proof of valid ID, are $10.50 one hour before curtain (subject to availability)

The Secret Garden Credits:

Adapted by Julian WilesBased on the Novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Directed by Josh Harris

Scenic Design by J. Kenneth Barnett III
Lighting Design by Julian Wiles
Costume Design by Barbara Young
Properties by J. Kenneth Barnett III
Technical Direction by Paul Hartmann
Production Stage Management by Chet Craft

Sponsor:

Piggly Wiggly Family Series

 

THE SECRET GARDEN CAST (In Alphabetical Order):
CHARACTER ACTOR
Mrs. Medlock – Marybeth Clark
Ben Weatherstaff – Scott Gibbs**
Mr. Craven – Harrison Grant**
Mary Lennox – Arielle Kook**
Colin Craven – Anthony Massaratto
Martha – Lauren Monteleone**
Dickon – Devon A.A. Norris**

** Members of Charleston Stage’s Professional Resident Acting Company

 

THE SECRET GARDEN ACTOR BIOS

 

Marybeth Clark (Mrs. Medlock)
Marybeth has a degree in theatre/performance from the University of South Florida. She has worked as an actor in professional theatres throughout the Southeast including American Stage, Greenbrier Valley Theatre and Tampa Players before settling in Charleston in 1994. Favorite regional theatre roles include Maggie in A Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Sheila in The Boys Next Door and Rose of Sharon in The Grapes of Wrath. She first appeared in Moon Over Buffalo with Charleston Stage and other roles include Bette in The Marriage of Bette and Boo, Karen in Dinner With Friends, M’lynn in Steel Magnolias and Mrs. Tabor/Ghost of Christmas Past in A Christmas Carol. Before joining Charleston Stage, she was a theatre instructor at the Charleston County School of the Arts for middle and high school students. She is currently in her 15th season with Charleston Stage as the Associate Artistic Director and oversees all education programs, including the Professional Resident Acting Company, after school classes and outreach workshops. Recent directing credits include Legally Blonde the Musical, Avenue Q and Chicago.

 

 

Scott Gibbs (Ben Weatherstaff)

Scott was born and raised in Houston, Texas. He is thrilled to be returning to the South after spending the last year working with the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse in Auburn, New York. Regionally, he has also worked with the Seaside Repertory Theatre and the Texas Shakespeare Festival. Scott is a proud graduate from Centenary College of Louisiana c/o 2011 with a BA in Theatre Arts. Some of his favorite past roles include: Mr. Bungee (A New Brain), Detective Fix (Around The World In 80 Days) and Macbeth (Macbeth). Scott would like to thank his family, friends and fellow company members here at Charleston Stage. Scott is a member of Charleston Stage’s 2012-2013 Professional Resident Acting Company. You may have recently seen Scott as Warner Huntington III in Charleston Stage’s production of Legally Blonde the Musical, as Captain Jeremiah Reynolds in Nevermore and as Monsieur Brun in Madeline’s Christmas.

 

 

Harrison Grant (Mr. Craven)

Harrison is from Titusville, Florida, and is a graduate from the University of Central Florida’s BFA Acting Program. Most recently he appeared in The Lost Colony in Manteo, North Carolina. Other past show credits include Antonio in Twelfth Night, Benny in Rent, Nat in From Sun to Sun and Kenickie in Grease. He has also appeared in shows such as Ragtime and The Pirates of Penzance. Harrison is a member of Charleston Stage’s 2012-2013 Professional Resident Acting Company. You may have recently seen Harrison as Kyle the UPS Man in Charleston Stage’s production of Legally Blonde the Musical, as multiple roles in Nevermore and as Harsha in Madeline’s Christmas.

Arielle Kook (Mary Lennox)

Arielle is originally from Columbia, Maryland, but has been a kind of a global nomad, living in Egypt, Israel and Maryland. Arielle recently graduated from James Madison University with a B.A. in Theatre and Dance and a concentration in Musical Theatre. Her regional performances have included Kitty in The Drowsy Chaperone (Theatre by the Sea) and Brenda in Hairspray (Theatre by the Sea). Her favorite university performances have included Ado Annie in Oklahoma, Rachel in Reckless, Clarice in Servant of Two Masters and Sarah in Falling for Eve. Arielle is a member of Charleston Stage’s 2012-2013 Professional Resident Acting Company. You may have recently seen Arielle as Margot in Charleston Stage’s Legally Blonde the Musical, as multiple roles in Nevermore and as Miss Clavel in Madeline’s Christmas.

Anthony Massaratto (Colin Craven)

Anthony is thrilled to be a part of The Secret Garden. He is a senior Music and Theatre double major at the College of Charleston. Anthony has been in many productions with Charleston Stage from Oliver! in 2003 to Alexander… Very Bad Day in 2012. You may have recently seen Anthony as multiple roles in Legally Blonde the Musical. Some of his favorite university performances include Tintypes and Letters to Sala. Most recently, he played the roles of Billy in The Musical of Musicals (the Musical) for Piccolo Spoleto. Anthony would like to thank his family and friends, but especially, he would like to thank his Charleston Stage family for making the past 9 years so spectacular!

Lauren Monteleone (Martha)

Lauren was born and raised in Hamilton, New Jersey, and is thrilled to be joining Charleston Stage this season! She recently graduated from Shenandoah Conservatory with a BFA in Musical Theatre where she performed Val (A Chorus Line), The Who’s Tommy, Ragtime and Comedy of Errors. She was also recently featured in Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre as Bambi (Curtains) and Bird Girl (Seussical). Lauren is a member of Charleston Stage’s 2012-2013 Professional Resident Acting Company. You may have recently seen Lauren as Serena in Charleston Stage’s production of Legally Blonde the Musical, as Annabel Lee in Nevermore and as Mrs. Murphy in Madeline’s Christmas.

Devon A.A. Norris (Dickon)

Devon is from Louisville, Kentucky, and is thrilled to be making his debut with Charleston Stage this season. Devon has just finished his BFA in Musical Theatre and BA in Speech/Theatre Education at Lindenwood University this past May. Devon was just seen in the Regional Premier of Cry Baby as a Wiffle/Drape/Prisoner in St. Louis at New Line Theatre. Some of Devon’s past favorite roles have been: Danny in Baby (Citilites); Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast (Rocky Mountain Rep); the Arbiter in Chess (Rocky Mountain Rep); Leaf Coneybear in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Lindenwood & Rocky Mountain Rep); Scarecrow/Hunk in The Wizard of Oz (Overdue Theatre Co.); Ferdinand in The Tempest (St. Charles Shakespeare); and many more. Devon is a member of Charleston Stage’s 2012-2013 Professional Resident Acting Company. You may have recently seen Devon as Emmett Forrest in Charleston Stage’s production of Legally Blonde the Musical and as multiple roles in Nevermore.

Michael "Beach Mick" Hudson

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Michael "Beach Mick" Hudson is the founder and Editor of Beach Carolina Magazine. Living along the coast of North Carolina, Mike has a passion for the beach and loves to bring news and events of the Carolinas to others around the world.

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