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1996 - 1997

The Secret Garden

India, Yorkshire, 1906

Ten-year-old Mary Lennox awakens one morning in India to discover that her parents and all the surrounding compound of English residents have been killed by a cholera epidemic. She is soon swept away to Misselthwaite Manor, her uncle Archibald Craven's gloomy mansion in Yorkshire, England, to be raised by strangers.

In Yorkshire, Mary finds her uncle so distracted and depressed by his wife Lily's death ten years earlier, that he can barely remember that Mary is now living under his roof. Spoiled, unruly and left to wander the gardens and care for herself, Mary befriends a servant girl, Martha, her brother Dickon, and the estate's head gardener, Ben Wetherstaff. But none of them will tell her the truth about the mysterious locked garden behind the estate, nor will they shed any light on Mary's persistent claim that every night she hears someone in the house crying pitiably behind some unopened door.

As Mary takes the situation into her own hands, her personality is transformed. She first discovers the long lost key to the sadly neglected secret garden, and then her equally neglected cousin, Colin, who has been bedridden since birth.

With the help of Dickon, Martha and Ben, Mary untangles the secret of Colin's birth and his mother Lily's death. Together they nurse both the long shutaway garden and Colin back to full bloom again.

Director: Ginny Day

Musical Director: John McGovern

Choreographer, Assistant Director: Val Keenleyside


Allison Helmer


Caroline Gowdy-Williams

Mrs. Medlock (the housekeeper)

Charlotte Stewart

Mrs. Winthrop (the headmistress)

Christine Drew

Claire Holmes (Dreamer)

Dennis Van Staalduinen

Captain Albert Lennox (Mary's father)

Diane Coulterman


Elaine Lowe

Elaine Shelley

Elaine Lowe

Nurse, Daisy

Ilene McKenna

Rose (Mary's mother)

Jefferson Guzman

Timothy, Photographer

Kraig Paul Proulx


Lisa Chisholm


Lyra Butler George

Mary Lennox

Matt Rocheleau

Dickon (Martha's brother)

Michael Gareau

Dr. Neville Craven (Archibald's brother)

Michael Torontow

Lieutenant Ian Shaw (Dreamer)

Miriam Khalil


Moe Romanow

Ben (the Gardener)

Patrick Gallagher

Colin Craven

Paul Melsness

Archibald Craven (Mary's uncle)

Peter Messier

Major Charles Holmes (Dreamer)

Rob Bowman

Major Robert Shelley

Rob Bowman


Robin Guy

Martha (a chambermaid)

Shawna McSheffrey

Alice Holmes (Dreamer)

Stephen Lenser

Lieutenant Peter Wright (Dreamer)


Allison Hamilton

Costume Designer

Anne McGuire

Assistant Stage Manager

Brenda Schroh

Costume Designer

Carol Chamberlain

Stage Manager

Elaine McCausland

Properties Designer

Jane Gale

Assistant Properties Designer

Joanne Zarco

Hair Designer

John Solman

Executive Producer

Margaret Coderre-Williams

Lighting Designer

Melva Scott

Make-Up Designer

Michael Brown

Sound Designer

Nancy Solman

Set Designer, Scenic Artist

Patrick Donahue

Production Assistant

Paul Legault


Peter Wilson

Master Carpenter

Stan Fenwick

Production Co-ordinator

Teresa Seasons

Assistant Stage Manager

Val Bogan

Production Assistant

The Secret Garden
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