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MEMORIAL PLAYERS presents
THE SECRET GARDEN
Book and Lyrics by Marsha Norman
Music by Lucy Simon
Based on the beloved novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett
 
Bill Kamberger, Director
Greg Satorie-Robinson, Vocal Director
Paul Seaton, Producer
 
AUDITION DATES:
 
Friday, October 14
7-9 PM
 
Saturday, October 15
10AM-1PM and 2-5PM
 
Sunday, October 16
1:30-4:30 PM
 
Please prepare a song excerpt, 1-2 minutes long, preferably from a Broadway Show.
You will be asked to read from a director-selected scene and to do some basic movement.
 
Children over the age of 8 are welcome.  A parent/guardian or responsible adult must accompany children under 13 at all rehearsals and performances.  For that reason, we encourage parents to audition alongside their children to create a truly family opportunity.
 
Performances will be May 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14 (2017)
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 PM; Sundays at 3:30 PM

Auditions will be in Farnham Hall at Memorial Church
Lafayette Avenue entrance
1407 Bolton Street, Baltimore, MD 21217
For more information, visit www.memorialepiscopal.org
Contact the Director, Bill Kamberger – William.kamberger@maryland.gov
Contact the Producer, Paul Seaton – seaton.p@gmail.com
 

CAST OF CHARACTERS
The Secret Garden
 
MARY LENNOX – Female, 10 – Mid-Teens
Range: Young Voice, Ab3-D5 
A spoiled but lonely British girl raised in India. When her parents die suddenly, she is sent to live with her Uncle Archibald, whom she has never met. She is still in the anger stage of grief. Curious, shrewd, and sassy, she overcomes her fears and sets out to find the truth behind her family’s secrets, often getting herself into trouble.  As she discovers the wonders of the garden, however, she blooms into a kind and beautiful young lady.
 
MARTHA – Female, 20s – 30s
Range: Mezzo-Soprano Belt, G3-D5 
A faithful and good-natured housemaid who grew up in Yorkshire and has the accent to prove it, she becomes a confidante and an inspiration to Mary. Although she has not had much education, she has keen insight and an unflagging spirit.
 
LILY CRAVEN – Female, 30s – 40s
Range: Soprano, Bb3-D6 
Archibald’s wife, now deceased. Angelic, warm, and loving, she glows in the flashback scenes. As a ghost, she grieves for the suffering of her living relatives and tries to guide them onto the path of healing.

ARCHIBALD CRAVEN – Male, 30s – 40s
Range: Tenor, C3-A4 
Mary's uncle and the lord of Misselthwaite Manor, he is a hunchback and a tortured romantic who is still in mourning for his wife, Lily, who has been dead for a decade. Haunted by the past and afraid of the future, he locks himself away both physically and mentally, but the deep love he has for his family ultimately shines through.
 
DICKON – Male, Teens – 20s
Range: Tenor, D3-G4
Martha's younger brother, with the same Yorkshire accent, folk wisdom, and relentless good cheer. He looks after the sick plants and animals within the Misselthwaite grounds—including Mary. He seems so attuned to the forces of nature, it’s as if he has magical powers.

COLIN CRAVEN – Male, 10 – Mid-Teens
Range: Young Voice, A3-E5 
Archibald and Lily’s son, he has spent his life in bed due to various health issues that may be psychosomatic, and in which he has actually begun to take pride. He is stubborn and throws temper tantrums to get what he wants, but he also desperately craves affection. He believes his father hates him because Lily died giving birth to him.
 
DR. NEVILLE CRAVEN – Male, 30s – 40s
Range: Baritone, C3-F#4 
Archibald’s brother and Colin’s physician, he nurses two great resentments: not being named as heir to Misselthwaite Manor, and losing Lily’s heart to his brother. He attempts to retain power by manipulating his family, not always in their best interest.
 
BEN WEATHERSTAFF – Male, 50+
Range: Baritone, E3-D#4
Head gardener at Misselthwaite, he knows much more than he lets on. Though he says he is “not good looking and as sour as I look,” his compassion and good humor sometimes peep through his façade.
 
ROSE LENNOX – Female, 30s – 40s
Range: Soprano, A3-D6
Mary's mother, now deceased. In flashbacks, she’s a social butterfly uncomfortable with maternal responsibilities and dubious of her sister Lily’s love for Archibald. She sings with the Chorus of Dreamers.
CAPTAIN ALBERT LENNOX – Male, 30s-40s
Range: Tenor, D3-A4
Mary's father, now deceased. In flashbacks, he’s a good man out of his depth. He sings with the Chorus of Dreamers.
 
MRS. MEDLOCK – Female, 50+
Archibald’s housekeeper and Mary’s nemesis, she seems as cold and forbidding as the old manor house she manages. But is she?

MRS. WINTHROP – Female, 40s – 50s
Headmistress of a private school, she prides herself on taming girls with tempers, but she meets her match in Mary. Comic skill required. She may double as part of the Chorus of Dreamers.
 
CHORUS OF DREAMERS
Friends and servants of Mary’s parents who also died in the Indian cholera epidemic, they continue to haunt Mary after she arrives at Misselthwaite. Initially frightening, they may just be mirrors of Mary’s own fears. As she starts to become a happier and more generous person, they do as well. Several of the ghosts have solo singing/speaking roles, including:

ALICE – Female
LIEUTENANT WRIGHT – Male
LIEUTENANT SHAW – Male
MAJOR SHELLEY – Male
MRS. SHELLEY – Female
MAJOR HOLMES – Male
CLAIRE HOLMES – Female
FAKIR – Male, Indian (Tenor)
AYAH – Female, Indian


Memorial Players Proudly Announces
 
Romulus
 A Play by Gore Vidal
Adapted from a play by Friedrich Durrenmatt
 
Directed by Rina Steinhauer
Romulus is a comedic satire about the fall of the Roman Empire with astute allusions to our contemporary U.S. political environment. Clever, fast-moving dialogue and a story with hilarious twists and tragic turns, Romulus turns a critical eye on the legitimacy of an empire whose noble roots have been corrupted by endless bloodshed and abuse of power. Can money save the day? Or will the barbarians at the gate be the saving grace of civilization?
Romulus 
 
Performance dates:

Friday, November 11, evening
Saturday, November 12, evening
Sunday, November 13, matinee
Friday, November 18, evening
Saturday, November 19, evening
Sunday, November 20, matinee
Venue: Memorial Episcopal Church, 1407 Bolton Street, Baltimore, MD 21217
 
Contact Information:
Kristine Smets, Producer
Phone: 410-733-0955, email: Kristine.smets@gmail.com
Rina Steinhauer, Director
Phone: 443-845-6034, email: rinasteinhauer@yahoo.com
Website: memorialplayers.org
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Memorial Players is an education and outreach program of Memorial Episcopal Church, a diverse community in historic Bolton Hill near downtown Baltimore.  As a community theatre we have been producing fully staged musicals and plays since 2002 and welcome everyone to participate in our productions. The productions depend on voluntary contributions of time, talent, materials and funds to cover all expenses.  
 
Dedicated to providing free community theater in Bolton Hill, Memorial Players productions depend entirely on voluntary contributions of time, talent, materials and donations to cover all expenses.
 

Memorial Players is pleased to announce our 2014 annual musical, The Apple Tree.  This is a charming show with great music, by the writers of Fiddler on the Roof.  It is composed of three mini-musical acts; The Diary of Adam and Eve, The Lady or the Tiger, and Passionella.  There are numerous leading and supporting roles for all ages in this show, so we hope you’ll join us for the fun!

Auditions will be held the weekend of October 26th, 2013. Rehearsals will begin in mid-December.  Performances will be: February 21, 22, 23, 28, and March 1, 2, 2014 

ADAM

Practical, and stubborn. At first confused and put-off by Eve, he soon learns to love her.

BALLADEER

The mischievous, all-knowing storyteller. Can double as the Tiger-Keeper.

BARBARA

A high-maintenance, seductive vamp. Barbara is the Princess and Arik’s daughter. She is secretly in love with a common soldier and becomes insanely jealous.

CAPTAIN SANJAR

A hardy and well-intentioned Captain who has just come back from a terrible war. He is secretly in love with the Princess Barbara.

ELLA / PASSIONELLA

An ordinary chimney sweep who becomes Passionella, the glamour girl, when she dreams of being a movie star. Humble, joyful, and full of passion.

ENSEMBLE

KING'S MEN; HANDMAIDS; GUARDS; PRISONERS; FILM CREW; SUBWAY PASSENGERS

EVE

Smart, curious, and playful. She knows what’s best, and greatly seeks Adam’s admiration and companionship.

FLIP / GEORGE L. BROWN

A normal, nerdy guy, who dreams of becoming a rock star. As Flip, he is part Marlon Brando, part Elvis, and part Bob Dylan.

KING ARIK

A hot-blooded, commanding King with absolute power and father to Barbara. Demanding, idealist, advocate of justice.

NADJIRA

A sweet-hearted girl, and one of Barbara's servants.
Speaking Role

NARRATOR

A dapper man in a tuxedo who guides the audience through the story. He takes joy in his all-knowing presence, and uses it to playfully tease the other characters.

THE SNAKE

A smooth-talking type. Stealthy and manipulative.


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