The Secret Garden

  • Non-Equity
  • Anywhere

Website Theo

Pay Rate: $800
Audition Date and Time: Video Submissions Due on Monday, May 27
Contact Person Email: casting@theo-u.org
Contact Person Name: Christopher Pazdernik, Casting Director

This enchanting literature classic 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 son Colin. The estate’s many wonders include a magic garden where friendships blossom and sorrows fade. This Tony and Drama Desk award-winning musical soars in a compelling tale of forgiveness and renewal.

Directed by Christopher Pazdernik; Music Directed by Carolyn Brady

Material to Prepare:

Please submit a video with approx. 32 bars (1 minute max) of a musical theatre song in the style of the show. Please format your submission as follows:
- Include your Full Name ONLY as the Subject Line of the email
- Put a link to your video in the body of the email (no downloads or passwords, please!)
- Attach your headshot/resume as a *single PDF file*, labeled as LastName_FirstName
Submissions are due by Monday, May 27 to casting@theo-u.org

Time Commitment:

In-Person Callbacks: June 10 & 11 (by invitation only)
Rehearsals: September 30 - October 31 (evenings/weekends)
Tech/Previews: November 3 - 16
Opening: Sunday, November 17
Regular Run: November 21 - December 22 (Thurs/Fri/Sat @ 7:30; Sun @ 6)
No show on Thanksgiving; possible extension January 2-5
All rehearsals & performances at Theo, 721 Howard St, Evanston

Character Type/Restrictions:

Theo is committed to casting our productions in a way that reflects our community and therefore encourages performers of all genders, ages (18+), ethnicities and identities to submit! For gender-fluid and non-binary performers, any genders listed in character descriptions are that of the character only, and you are encouraged to submit for any roles you are interested in! If you have any access needs at any point during the process, please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate. We are only considering performers 18+ for the children's roles at this time.

LILY – (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 – (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 – (Ensemble/Part Flexible) Archibald’s housekeeper. As cold as the Misselthwaite Manor.

DR. NEVILLE CRAVEN – (Baritone, C3-F#4) Archibald’s brother. Trapped by the idea that he is responsible for the caretaking of Colin. Though Lily never loved him in return, he remains in love with her, and is unwilling to move on and leave Misselthwaite.

MARTHA – (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 –  (Baritone, C3-A4) Mary's uncle and lord of Misselthwaite Manor. He has a hunchback. 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 – (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 – (Tenor, D3-G4) Martha's younger sibling. Looks after the sick plants and animals within the Misselthwaite grounds—including Mary. They are between the world of child imagination and adult reasoning. Befriends Mary and convinces her to take care of the Garden.

COLIN CRAVEN – (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.

ROSE LENNOX – (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 – (Tenor, D3-A5) Mary's father. Tries to send Rose out of India during the cholera outbreak.

AYAH – (Range: Flexible) Mary's Indian nanny.

To apply for this job email your details to casting@theo-u.org