The Secret Garden

by Marsha Norman and Lucy Simon
Directed by Justin and Katherine Freind

The Secret Garden is scheduled for 30th June, 1, 6, 7, 8, 9, 13, 14 and 15th July.

Audition Details:

Audition Day: Sunday 2nd April 12.00pm – 5.00pm

Audition Venue: Melville Recreation Centre
Cnr Canning Highway & Stock Road, Melville

• Please bring a current CV with Photo attached.
• A CD player will be provided for backing CD’s for songs.
• An accompanist will be available on the day if required. Please make sure you bring sheet music if a pianist is to accompany you.

Audition Requirements:

• All auditionees will be required to do a closed audition.
• In this audition you will be asked to sing a song and may also asked to sing a scale or two.
• You may be required to do a script reading depending on your suitability for a character role and at the discretion of the audition panel. If you are not asked to read for the panel this does not mean that you are not being considered for a role or part in the show.

To book an audition time or for more information please email or phone: or 0411 462 164

Based on Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic children’s novel of the same name, The Secret Garden was written by Lucy Simon (music) and Marsha Norman (lyrics) and premiered on Broadway in 1991, where it ran for 709 performances. The original production won, amongst numerous nominations, 3 Tony awards and 2 Drama Desk Awards, for score, lyrics, design and orchestration. The highly successful Australian tour in 1995 starred Anthony Warlow, Marina Prior and Philip Quast, and the show also had a successful West End run in 2001.
Frances Hodgson Burnett’s beloved Victorian classic, The Secret Garden, blossoms anew 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 shut 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.”


Voice type: Mezzo (B-E)
Stage age: 11-12
Role type: Lead
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 spoilt child, now bewildered and alone, she is initially petulant and rude, but at heart is a warm girl.

Voice type: High baritone / tenor (C-Ab)
Stage age: 35-45
Role type: Lead
Character: Master of Misselthwaite Manor, Archie is a mildly handicapped 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.

Voice type: Baritone (C-F#)
Stage age: 30-40
Role type: Featured role
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.

Voice type: Low mezzo (low F – D)
Stage age: 20
Role type: Featured role
Character: Housemaid. An extremely warm, good-hearted girl, feisty and courageous. Needs a belt vocal quality as well as vocal warmth. Requires Yorkshire accent. Needs to be able to inspire Mary when she is at her lowest.

Voice type: High baritone (C-G)
Stage age: 18-20
Role type: Featured role
Character: Martha’s younger brother. A mystical lad, very much in tune with the forces of nature. Very sweet-natured and gentle. A music theatre vocal style. Requires a Yorkshire accent.

Voice type: Boy soprano (A-Eb)
Stage age: 10-11
Role type: Featured role
Character: Archie’s invalid son who is bed-ridden and has no company other than his dour uncle and servants. Capable of being very rude and petulant, but essentially sweet-natured.

Voice type: Speaking only.
Stage age: 35+
Role type: Featured role
Character: Housekeeper of Misselthwaite Manor. A very competent and business-like woman who is very severe and shows little warmth. Requires Yorkshire accent.

Voice type: Baritone (F-D)
Stage age: 45-65
Role type: Supporting role
Character: Gardener at Misselthwaite. Loyal servant of many years standing who dearly loved the late Lily. Can be crotchety, but essentially very gentle. Requires Yorkshire accent.

Voice type: Speaking only
Stage age: 40+
Role type: Cameo
Character: A school headmistress who believes in strong discipline. (Will double as a servant).

Voice type: Speaking only
Stage age: 35+
Role type: Cameo
Character: An army officer who escorts the orphaned Mary to England. (Will double as a servant).

Voice type: Speaking only
Stage age: 30+
Role type: Cameo
Character: Wife of Major Shelley. (Will double as a servant).

Voice type: Soprano (D-C: D optional)
Stage age: 25-30
Role type: Lead
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.

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.

Voice type: Tenor (Bb-G)
Stage age: 30-40
Role type: Supporting role
Character: An army officer, Mary’s father. A warm and loving father.

Voice type: Mezzo / soprano (Bb-G: optional B)
Stage age: 30-35
Role type: Supporting role
Character: Mary’s mother, Lily’s sister. Beautiful, vain and spoilt. In life, lacking in maternal qualities. Can be quite petulant – rather a “princess”, but nevertheless very appealing.

Voice type: High tenor (G-B)
Stage age: 30-40
Role type: Supporting role
Character: Indian mystic / servant.

Voice type: Mezzo (low G-G)
Stage age: 20-40
Role type: Supporting role
Character: Mary’s Indian nanny and main caregiver.

Voice type: Tenor / baritone (Bb-F)
Stage age: 25-35
Role type: Supporting role
Character: Army officer.

Voice type: Baritone (Bb-F)
Stage age: 25-35
Role type: Supporting
Character: Army officer.

Voice type: Bass (low F#-F)
Stage age: 30-45
Role type: Supporting
Character: Army officer.

Voice type: Soprano (A-G)
Stage age: 25-30
Role type: Supporting
Character: Major Holmes’ wife – a well-to-do lady.

Voice type: Soprano (Eb-B)
Stage age: 25-30
Role type: Supporting
Character: Rose’s friend – a well-to-do lady.