The Secret Garden Takes Root at TheatreWorks Nov. 30

By Adam Hetrick
30 Nov 2011

Angelina Wahler
Angelina Wahler
Photo by Tracy Martin

Joe Cassidy, Patricia Noonan, Alex Brightman and young actress Angelina Wahler star in the Tony Award-winning musical The Secret Garden, which blossoms Nov. 30 at Palo Alto's TheatreWorks.

Theatreworks founding artistic director Robert Kelley stages the musical that is based on Frances Hodgson Burnett's classic. The Secret Garden was adapted for the stage by Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning book writer/lyricist Marsha Norman and composer Lucy Simon. It officially opens Dec. 3 for a run through Dec. 31.

Casssidy (Catch Me If You Can, Next to Normal) plays Archibald Craven, with Noonan (Carousel, How to Succeed...) as Lily, Brightman (Wicked) as Dickon and Wahler as orphan Mary Lennox. Rachel Sue plays the role of Mary at select performances.

The cast also includes Charlie Ibsen and Andrew Apy alternating as Colin Craven, Noel Anthony as Neville Craven, Courtney Stokes as Martha, Sharon Rietkirk as Rose, Leanne Borghesi as Mrs. Medlock, Daniel Olson as Ben Weatherstaff, Robert Brewer as Albert Lennox, Adam Theodore Barry as Fakir and Mrigendra "Meb" Steiner as the Ayah.



The Secret Garden has set design by Joe Ragey, costume design by Fumiko Bielefeldt, sound design by Jeff Mockus and lighting design by Pamila Z. Gray. William Liberatore is musical director. Choreography is by Molly Bell.

For tickets phone (650) 463-1960 or visit TheatreWorks.