June 24 - 26, June 30 - July 3, 2011
directed by Kari Catton
Music by Lucy Simon
Book and Lyrics by Marsha Norman
Based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Full Length, Musical

12 m, 10 f, 1 girl (doubling possible)
Ints., exts.
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.

Still seeking actors for:

2 more chorus men- Albert Lennox and Lt Wright

Contact Kari Catton if you are interested at


Cindy Fuener – Vocal Director
Valerie Parga – Assistant Director
Music Director – Sean Rose
Assistant Music Director – Zac Clemons
Meredith Durall – Choreographer
Costumes – Debi Iams
Set Consultant – Todd Schumacher
Stage Manager – Lindsey Merriman

Cast List

Mary – Stella Cole
Lily – Cathy Doyle
Colin – Elijah Clark
Martha – Amy Gordon
Ben – Kevin Klein
Dr. Craven – Greg Floyd
Archibald Craven - Kelly Trier
Dickon – Grant Estes
Mrs. Medlock – Mary Disseler
Ayah – Becky Brown
Fakir - Kristinah Henson

Female Chorus:
Gloria - Meredith Durall
Mrs. Holmes - Gaye Kick
Rose Lennox - Elizabeth Klauzer
Mrs. Shelly - Joyce TeRonde
Alice - Jessica Plowman
Anne - Shannon Lawler

Male Chorus:
Maj. Holmes - John D. Steckel
Lt. Shaw - Caleb Klauzer
Maj. Shelly - Bob TeRonde
Lt. Wright - Cory Willhite
Cpt. Albert Lennox – Kyle Cummings

Kendi Klein
Ingrid Uhe


Rehearsal Schedule - PDF


Kari Catton is excited to take on this difficult modern musical.  She has directed numerous musicals, such as Brigadoon and Calamity Jane at TIP.  In 2009 at TIP, she directed Heritage.  Kari has directed other dramas, comedies, andchildren’s theatre for STC and her own production company, Wildloon Productions.  Among her favorite shows, as a director, include the orphan train plays, The Effects of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds, and Born With a Veil.  She has a degree in Theatre from Illinois State University.  She teaches the Fundamentals of Theatre Arts at Benedictine University at Springfield, and is Executive Director of the Illinois Academy of Physician Assistants.  Kari has two splendidly wonderful grown daughters, Jenny, in St. Louis, Amy is Louisville.  Life wouldn’t be life without their support.  GO GNO.