AUDITIONS

THE SECRET GARDEN

Music by Lucy Simon, Book & Lyrics by Marsha Norman
Directed by Amy Sander, Musical Direction by Jenell Johnson

OPEN CALL AUDITIONS

Auditions will be held at Prairie Baptist Church, 75th and Roe Blvd. in Prairie Village, KS, in the Fellowship Hall (lower level entrance).

PRIOR TO AUDITIONING, PLEASE FILL OUT THE ONLINE AUDITION FORM.

WHEN YOU ARRIVE:

When you arrive at the church, please park in the north parking lot. There will be signs to direct you to the proper building entrance.

AUDITION PREPARATION:

Please provide a headshot and resume (if available). Prepare 32 bars of a musical theatre song in the style of the show (No songs from the actual production please). Bring marked sheet music for the provided accompanist. No a capella vocals or music tracks allowed. There is no choreography audition/callback for this production

VIDEO AUDITIONS:

For those unable to attend in-person auditions, video vocal auditions may be submitted. These should be submitted to amy.e.sander@gmail.com NO LATER THAN January 13 at 4pm.

CALLBACKS (by email invite only):

Saturday, January 20th from 1pm-4pm. Callback sides and vocal selections will be emailed out on Monday, January 15th. Callbacks will consist of vocal selections from the show, as well as reading/performing of sides from the script. (Must be prepared to demonstrate British and/or Yorkshire dialects.)

REHEARSALS:

Rehearsals will begin Sunday, April 7th at Prairie Baptist Church. Typical weekly rehearsal schedule will be Sunday - Thursday nights from 6 – 9:30pm. The show will move into the Black Box @The Arts & Heritage Center on Sunday, May 5th. No conflicts will be accepted during dress/tech week (May 5-9)

Cast members are required to assist with strike following the final performance.

Cast members may also be asked to assist with costume pieces.

PRODUCTION DATES:

May 10 - 19, 2024
Performances:
WEEK ONE - Friday, Saturday & Monday (Industry Night) @7:30pm and Sunday @2pm
WEEK TWO - Thursday, Friday & Saturday @7:30pm and Sunday @2p
(Eight performances)
All performances will take place in The Black Box Theatre @The Arts & Heritage Center in Overland Park, Kansas

SYNOPSIS:

Living in a lonely manor house on the Yorkshire moors in 1906, Archibald Craven yearns for his beautiful, late wife, Lily. He blames his crippled son, Colin, for his wife’s death. Although he loves Colin, he cannot cope with seeing him, and has left Colin isolated and in the care of his doctor and bitter uncle, Neville. Their quiet routine is turned upside down when young Mary Lennox, a rich, spoiled child, is sent to live with them following the death of her parents from cholera in India. Mary is the late Lily’s niece, and has no relatives closer than Archie, whom she has never met. While living at the manor house, Mary discovers a secret walled garden hidden on the grounds and with the help of local child-of-nature, Dickon, releases the magic, life and adventures locked inside, changing all of their lives forever.

CAST BREAKDOWN:

We strongly encourage auditions for Principal Roles from artists who self-identify as Black, White, Asian, Indigenous, Latino or Multi-Ethnic and we encourage actors to indicate interest in any roles that fit their gender identity at auditions.

Age ranges are not meant to eliminate any performer from consideration for a role, but merely to provide a general guideline for each character.

There will be 8 principal characters and 12-20 ensemble members (each playing multiple roles) in this cast.

ROLES

MARY LENNOX
Voice type: Mezzo (Ab3-D5). Stage age: 10. Role type: Lead. Dialect: British. Character: Raised in colonial India, Mary is an orphan whose parents have died of cholera. She has no close relatives and has been sent to live with Archibald Craven, her late mother’s sister’s husband. A spoiled child, now bewildered and alone, she is initially petulant and rude, but at heart is a warm girl. Quite the curious explorer, and often finding herself in trouble. Stubborn and always fighting for what she believes in.
ARCHIBALD CRAVEN
Voice type: High Baritone / Tenor (C3-A4). Stage age: 35-45. Role type: Lead. Dialect: British. Character: Master of Misselthwaite Manor, Archie is a mildly handicapped (hunchbacked) man who lost his beloved wife Lily in childbirth. He is a deeply unhappy, reclusive man who has been preoccupied with his loss for 10 years. Unable to face his son, who is sickly and bed-ridden. Haunted by the past and afraid of the future, he locks himself away both physically and mentally. Mary painfully reminds him too much of his wife, Lily.
LILY CRAVEN
Voice type: Soprano (Bb3-D6). Stage age: 25-35. Role type: Lead. Dialect: British. Character: Archie’s late beloved wife, Colin’s mother, Mary’s aunt. A warm and loving woman who deeply loved Archie and died giving birth to Colin. In life, a warm and loving young woman. In death, a very benevolent presence watching over her unhappy husband, son and niece. Metaphorically haunts the walls of Misselthwaite Manor
DR. NEVILLE CRAVEN
Voice type: Baritone (C3-F#4). Stage age: 30-40. Role type: Featured role. Dialect: British. Character: Archie’s younger brother, who is resentful of his position as the younger brother. A humourless, bitter man, who, as a doctor, has responsibility for Colin, Archie’s invalid son. Even though he was never loved back by Lily, he is still in love with her. This adds to his unwillingness to move on and leave Misselthwaite.
MARTHA
Voice type: Mezzo-Soprano (G3-D5). Stage age: 18-30. Role type: Featured role. Dialect: Thick Yorkshire. Character: A faithful, energetic and loving housemaid. An extremely warm, good-hearted girl, feisty and courageous. Inspires Mary when she is at her lowest. Grew up near Yorkshire and has the accent to prove it. Although she is from a lower class family, her wisdom is often far beyond her age. Needs a belt vocal quality as well as vocal warmth.
DICKON
Voice type: Tenor / High Baritone (D3-G4). Stage age: 16-25. Role type: Featured role. Dialect: Thick Yorkshire. Character: Martha’s younger brother. A mystical lad, very much in tune with the forces of nature. Very sweet-natured and gentle. Looks after the sick plants and animals within the Misselthwaite grounds—including Mary. He is a young man who is between the world of child imagination and adult reasoning. Befriends Mary and convinces her to take care of the Garden. A music theatre vocal style.
COLIN CRAVEN
Voice type: Boy Soprano (A3-E5). Stage age: 10. Role type: Featured role. Dialect: British. Character: Archibald’s invalid son who is bed-ridden and has no company other than his sour uncle and servants. Spent his life in bed due to a heart condition. Capable of being very rude and petulant, but essentially sweet-natured. He is very stubborn and throws temper tantrums to get what he wants. He believes his father hates him for causing Lily’s death.
MRS MEDLOCK
Voice type: Speaking only (sings with ensemble). Stage age: 35+. Role type: Featured role. Dialect: Yorkshire. Character: Housekeeper of Misselthwaite Manor. A very competent and business-like woman who is very severe and shows little warmth. As cold as the Misselthwaite Manor.
BEN WEATHERSTAFF
Voice type: Baritone (F-D). Stage age: 45+. Role type: Supporting role. Dialect: Yorkshire. Character: Gardener at Misselthwaite. Loyal servant of many years who dearly loved the late Lily. Can be crotchety, but very gentle at heart.
MRS. WINTHROP
Voice type: Speaking only (sings with ensemble). Stage age: 40+. Role type: Cameo. Dialect: British. Character: A school headmistress who believes in strong discipline. (Will double as a servant and/or other ensemble roles.)
MAJOR SHELLEY
Voice type: Speaking only (sings with ensemble). Stage age: 35+. Role type: Cameo. Dialect: British. Character: An army officer who escorts the orphaned Mary to England. (Will double as a servant and/or other ensemble roles.)
MRS. SHELLEY
Voice type: Speaking only (sings with ensemble). Stage age: 30+. Role type: Cameo. Dialect: British. Character: Wife of Major Shelley. (Will double as a servant and/or other ensemble roles.)

The remaining “Dreamers” consist of Mary’s parents, staff and friends in colonial India, all of whom died in a cholera epidemic. They appear as individuals and as a “Greek chorus”, commenting on events for the living,and in flashbacks to their lives in England and India. They are all watching over Mary. Collectively they form the vocal ensemble. These individuals will also play various roles at Misselthwaite.

CAPTAIN ALBERT LENNOX
Voice type: Tenor (Bb-G). Stage age: 30-45. Role type: Supporting role. Dialect: British. Character: An Army officer, Mary’s father. A warm and loving father.
ROSE LENNOX
Voice type: Mezzo / Soprano (Bb-G: optional B). Stage age: 30-35. Role type: Supporting role. Dialect: British. Character: Mary’s mother, Lily’s sister. Beautiful, vain and spoiled. In life, lacking in maternal qualities. Can be quite petulant – rather a “princess”, but nevertheless very appealing.
THE FAKIR
Voice type: High tenor (G-B). Stage age: 30+. Role type: Supporting role. Dialect: Indian (Farsi). Character: Indian mystic / servant
AYAH
Voice type: Mezzo (low G-G). Stage age: 20-40. Role type: Supporting role. Dialect: Indian (Farsi). Character: Mary’s Indian nanny and main caregiver
LIEUTENANT IAN SHAW
Voice type: Tenor / baritone (Bb-F). Stage age: 25-40. Role type: Supporting role. Dialect: British. Character: Army officer
LIEUTENANT PETER WRIGHT
Voice type: Baritone (Bb-F). Stage age: 25-35. Role type: Supporting. Dialect: British. Character: Army officer
MAJOR HOLMES
Voice type: Bass (low F#-F). Stage age: 30-45. Role type: Supporting. Dialect: British. Character: Army officer
CLAIRE HOLMES
Voice type: Soprano (A-G). Stage age: 25-45. Role type: Supporting. Dialect: British. Character: Major Holmes’ wife – a well-to-do lady
ALICE
Voice type: Soprano (Eb-B). Stage age: 25-35. Role type: Supporting. Dialect: British. Character: Rose’s friend – a well-to-do lady
ADDITIONAL DREAMERS/SERVANTS/GHOSTS/ETC
Voice type: All ranges. Stage age: 18+. Role type: Supporting. Dialect: British

For more information, please contact Amy Sander at amy.e.sander@gmail.com or Artistic Director Eric Magnus at emagnitude@me.com.

The Barn Players welcomes and values all forms of diversity as we strive to better represent the performing arts community in Kansas City.

Non-traditional, inclusive and equal-opportunity casting is encouraged.