Tibbits Young Audiences Announces Auditions for “The Secret Garden”

COLDWATER – Tibbits Young Audiences will hold auditions for“The Secret Garden”at 5 pm December 9 and 10 at Tibbits Opera House for the play to be presented March 27-29.

Tibbits Young Audiences presented “Disney Aladdin JR last fall with a cast of 48 area students. Auditions for the next show, “The Secret Garden” will be December 9 and 10 at 5 pm at Tibbits Opera House in Coldwater, MI.

Everyone will love this charming, upbeat adaptation of a literary classic.  Mary Lennox is sent to live in England after her parents die in India.  Misselthwaite Manor turns out to be a gloomy fortress.  Her uncle is rarely home and his young son, Colin, never leaves his room, convinced he’s an incurable invalid.  Mary discovers a strange walled garden that has been locked up for years.  With the gardener’s apprentice, Dickon, a lad who can talk to the animals, Mary coaxes the garden back to life.  The garden seems to have a wonderful, magical effect on all who come into it, allowing Mary to help restore Colin to health and a reunion with his father. 

Auditions are open to any student in fourth through eighth grades. Students should be accompanied by a parent or guardian and bring a current, non-returnable photo. Students will be asked to introduce themselves from stage, read parts from the script, sing a familiar children’s song, and do some choreography. Audition forms and the part of the script the auditionees will be reading are available online at https://tibbits.org/events/tibbits-young-audiences-auditions-for-the-secret-garden/. Rehearsals will begin January 6, 2020 and will be held Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, but not all roles meet all days. The show will be presented March 27 and 28 at 7 pm and March 29 at 2 pm at Tibbits.

“The Secret Garden” will be directed by Julia Littley and produced by Tirsha Odisher. This production is generously sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Coldwater. Approximately 40-45 students will be cast. Students involved will learn characterization, blocking, costuming, makeup and all aspects of a stage production.

Tibbits Young Audiences offers programs both for and by area youth to develop their interest in the arts. Two shows yearly, a non-musical in the fall and a musical in the spring, provide students an enjoyable introduction to the world of theatre. By putting on a show, they learn teamwork, discipline, theatre skills, self confidence and an appreciation for the arts.

Auditions will be held at Tibbits Opera House, 14 South Hanchett Street, Coldwater, Mich. Students need only attend one time. For more information call 517.278.6029 or visit Tibbits.org.