Auditions for The Secret Garden

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Auditions for The Secret Garden

Auditions: August 30 and September 1 at 7 pm
Performances: October 13 – 23
School Matinee: Wednesday October 19, 2016
Rehearsals are typically Sundays 3pm – 7pm
Mondays – Thursdays 6 pm – 9 pm

Thank you for your interest in the Sioux Empire Community Theater’s production of The Secret Garden.

We at the Sioux Empire Community Theater are thrilled to be bringing this production to life at The Orpheum Theater Center and we’re very excited to have the chance to work with members of our talented community. Whether this is your first or fifty-first audition, we think it is important to set some guidelines as you prepare your audition for this particular production. Every role is a significant role in this production, even chorus parts, and we want to make sure that we give you the opportunity to prepare for this in the best way possible.



Come prepared with a suitable song from another musical for your audition. Consider the show as a whole and the roles that you would like to be considered for, if it is a dramatic somber musical or a comedic musical, pick a song that reflects the show, and highlights your abilities to perform either. Do not come prepared with a song from

Your audition must be accompanied, so bring sheet music or a CD. We need to be confident that you can sing along with accompaniment, so be prepared to demonstrate that with sheet music (preferred) or a backing track CD / MP3 (no lead vocals on the recording). We will provide a talented accompanist to play for you at your audition, though you are certainly welcome to bring someone to play for you if you wish.

Do not accompany yourself. We need to see you present your song as you would on a stage, not from behind an instrument.
“Happy Birthday,” “My Country ‘tis of Thee,” or other “last minute” songs are probably not the best choices. You are certainly welcome to audition with those, though we would MUCH rather you prepared a suitable selection from another musical. Please keep in mind, however, that even chorus roles in this production are huge and we need to know you’re up to the challenge. Your preparation for this audition shows us that you are. We will be considering actors 10+


– Reading from the script
– Director led improv exercises
– A small movement audition. We will put you through you a small section of a exercises in small groups. You will then be asked to perform it in front of the production team as a group. Please remember to wear clothing that you can move in and appropriate shoes (i.e NO sandals, flip-flops, etc..)


This enchanting classic of children’s literature is reimagined in brilliant musical style by composer Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of ‘Night Mother. Orphaned in India, 11 year-old Mary Lennox returns to Yorkshire to live with her embittered, reclusive uncle Archibald and his invalid son Colin. The estate’s many wonders include a magic garden which beckons the children with haunting melodies and the “Dreamers”, spirits from Mary’s past who guide her through her new life, dramatizing The Secret Garden’s compelling tale of forgiveness and renewal.

Cast breakdown:

LILY – Female, 28-38 (Range: Soprano, Bb3-D6) Mary’s aunt and Archibald Craven’s wife. Died of a tragic accident within her garden and metaphorically haunts the walls of Misselthwaite Manor.

MARY LENNOX – Female, 10 (Range: Young Voice, Ab3-D5) A ten year-old girl sent to live with her uncle, Archibald, when her parents die from cholera in India. Quite the curious explorer, and often finding herself in trouble. Stubborn and always fighting for what she believes in.

MRS. MEDLOCK – Female, Age Flexible (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) Archibald’s housekeeper. As cold as the Misselthwaite Manor.

DR. NEVILLE CRAVEN – Male, 35-45 (Range: Baritone, C3-F#4) Archibald’s brother. Trapped by the idea that he is responsible for the caretaking of Colin. 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 – Female, 18-30 (Range: Mezzo-Soprano Belt, G3-D5) A faithful housemaid. 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.

ARCHIBALD CRAVEN – Male, 35-45 (Range: Baritone, C3-A4) Mary’s uncle and lord of Misselthwaite Manor. He has a hunch-back. 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, who died ten years ago.

BEN WEATHERSTAFF – Male, Age Flexible (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible, E3-D#4) Head gardener. Secretly entrusted to take care of the garden after Lily’s death. Knows a great deal about the history of the garden and the grounds it sits on. He has worked for the family for many years. He calls himself “an old man.”

DICKON – Male, 16-25 (Range: Tenor, D3-G4) Martha’s younger brother. 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.

COLIN CRAVEN – Male, 10 (Range: Young Voice, A3-E5) Archibald’s ten year-old son. Spent his life in bed due to a heart condition. 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. WINTHROP – Female, Age Flexible (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) Headmistress of a private school. Prides herself on nurturing girls with tempers. Mary seems to be more than she can handle.

The Following characters, referred to collectively as the Dreamers, are people from Mary’s life in India, who haunt her until she finds her new life in the course of the story. They are free to sing directly to us, appearing and disappearing at will.

ROSE LENNOX – Female, 28-38 (Range: Soprano, A3-D6) Mary’s mother. A “dreamer” from the past who doesn’t understand how her sister Lily could truly love Archibald. Very loyal to her husband and refuses to leave India during the cholera outbreak that takes her life.

CAPTAIN ALBERT LENNOX – Male, 30-40 (Range: Tenor, D3-A5) Mary’s father. Tries to send Rose out of India during the cholera outbreak.

ALICE – Female, Age Flexible (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) Rose’s friend.

LIEUTENANT WRIGHT – Male, Age Flexible (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) Officer in Mary’s father’s unit.

LIEUTENANT SHAW – Male, Age Flexible (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) Fellow officer.

MAJOR SHELLEY – Male, Age Flexible (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) Officer.

MRS. SHELLEY – Female, Age Flexible (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) Major Shelley’s wife.

MAJOR HOLMES – Male, Age Flexible (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) Officer.

CLAIRE HOLMES – Female, Age Flexible (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) Major Holmes’ wife.

FAKIR – Male, Age Flexible (Range: Tenor, C3-B4) Itinerant Hindu ascetic.

AYAH – Female, Age Flexible (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) Mary’s Indian nanny.

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Hope to see many of you there!

September 01 2016


Date: September 1, 2016
Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Sioux Falls, SD 57104 United States



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