by Hannah Ragsdale
This November, Immanuel Schools is presenting the staged musical The Secret Garden. Those involved include the Chamber Choir, with director Rick Robbins.
This tale takes us on the journey of Mary Lennox, after she is orphaned by a cholera outbreak and moves from India to Yorkshire, England. It takes place in the early twentieth century, as Mary is sent to live with relatives she has never come in contact with before (quite an adjustment, I would imagine). She comes across a hidden door and stumbles upon a forsaken garden, where she bonds with her sickly cousin and a youthful gardener.
To get the scoop, I asked Shea Gilson (a lead actress in the show) a couple of questions:
What is your character, and favorite part about the individual you are portraying?
“My part is Martha, a chamber maid with a Yorkshire accent,” answered Shea. “I love how quirky my character is! It is super fun to master a unique and rather obnoxious accent. Martha is a bubbly, spunky lady, and so am I.”
What is your favorite scene in this musical?
“My favorite scene is the final scene. It’s the most beautiful and touching moment of the play. The union and peace that forms in that scene is remarkable.”
Everything blossoms in this musical, you can count on that!
The play runs November 14 and 15, as well as November 21 and 22, with showings at 3 and 7 p.m. all four nights, at the Immanuel Schools Chapel in Reedley. Ticket prices are $8 for students and $12 for adults. You won’t want to miss this!
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