Lafayette theater department will perform "The Secret Garden" in October 2016.Area children and community members are invited to audition for the fall production of “The Secret Garden” by the Lafayette Theater Department at 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28 in the Studio Theater of the 248 N. Third Street building, part of Lafayette’s downtown Williams Arts Campus.

Directed and choreographed by theater professor Mary Jo Lodge with musical direction by Tom DiGiovanni ’96, “The Secret Garden” will run from Wed., Oct. 26 through Sun., Oct. 30 in the new Weiss Theater of Buck Hall on N. Third St., Easton. Rehearsals will take place Sunday through Thursday evenings.

For more information, contact Prof. Mary Jo Lodge via e-mail, or phone, 610-330-5662.

To Audition: Prepare 1 minute of a song that shows off your range, preferably from a musical (not pop or rock style).  Children and community members should bring music if possible, but can come without it.  A pianist will be provided.  Actors of all ethnicities and backgrounds will be considered.

The musical is based on the 1911 novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett; book and lyrics by Marsha Norman, music by Lucy Simon.  The style of the music is classic, legitimate musical theater (not rock or pop).  It is helpful, but is not required, for cast members to be able to read music.

It is highly suggested that actors read the book, listen to the cast recording, or view one of the film adaptations to familiarize themselves with the show before auditioning.

Click to Tweet: .@LafCol theater dept will hold audition Sun. 8/28 for area children, senior roles in “The Secret Garden,”

– Two girls (sopranos, under 5’0, appear age 10, prefer to cast older) to split the lead role of Mary Lennox (in alternating performances),

– Two boys (sopranos with unchanged voices, under 5’0, appear age 10) to split the role of Colin Craven (in alternating performances),

– One man (60+, character baritone) to play the role of Ben Weatherstaff.


Online release:

Kristine Y. Todaro
Director/Special Projects & Media Relations
Lafayette College

Follow us on Twitter @LafColNews