Secret Garden—Morning Show

May 27, 2023 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Salem Athenaeum
337 Essex St.
MA 01970
$30 Members; $35 Non-members; $10 children 17 and under
Salem Athenaeum

Saturday, May 27 at 11am & 2pm
Sunday, May 28 at 11am & 2pm

(4 performances)

Presented by Creative Spirit and Salem Athenaeum
Script adapted by Jerry R. Montoya | Based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Come enjoy this family friendly staged reading of The Secret Garden based on the classic 1911 novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Young, orphaned Mary Lennox discovers a secret garden, saves her sickly young cousin, and melts the heart of her emotionally distant uncle in this touching coming of age story. The reading will also include beautiful costumes, enchanted scenery created by Salem’s Grace and Diggs, and live music!

The reading will take place outside in the Athenaeum garden. In the case of rain, the reading will take place inside. Chairs will be provided, and weather appropriate clothing is recommended.

Recommended for children ages 6 and up.

Cast (Alphabetical Order):
Nicholas Aggelikas – Dickon
Avicennia Borgatti – Colin Craven
Peter Boteas – Ben Weatherstaff
Shari Caplan  – Martha
Kai Chao – Neville Craven
Maggie Hamel  – Mary Lennox
Dan Kelly – Archibald Craven / Stationmaster
Mary O’Donnell – Mrs. Medlock
Valerie Thompson – Cellist, Composer

Production Staff:

Peyton Pugmire – Director
Elissa Jordan – Stage Manager
Maureen Festa Crary – Costume Designer
Linda Mullen – Scenic Designer

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