Casting Announced for The Secret Garden at the Astoria Performing Arts Center

News   Casting Announced for The Secret Garden at the Astoria Performing Arts Center
The Astoria Performing Arts Center will present Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman's The Secret Garden beginning May 3 at the Good Shepherd United Methodist Church.

The musical, which features music by Simon and a book and lyrics by Norman, will play a limited engagement through May 19.

Directed by APAC artistic director Tom Wojtunik, the cast includes Jennifer Evans (Ragtime, A Tale of Two Cities), Jane Bunting, Mario Castro, Marisa Devetta, Britain Gebhardt, Jonathan Gregg, Clint J. Hromsco, Jaimie Kelton, Hannah Lewis, Michael Jennings Mahoney, Benjamin J. McHugh, Mary-Elizabeth Milton, Eric Morris, Jan-Peter Pedross, Lia Peros, Jason Pintar, Sam Poon, Patrick Porter, Spencer Robinson, Jacqueline Sydney, Richard Vernon, Elizabeth Wharton. Christine O'Grady provides musical staging.

Based on Frances Hodgson Burnett's novel of the same name, here's how APAC characterizes the show: "Living in a lonely manor house in 1906 England, Archibald Craven yearns for his beautiful, late wife. He blames his crippled son, Colin, for his wife's death and has left him neglected and isolated. Their quiet routine is turned upside down when young Mary Lennox, a rich, spoiled child, is sent to live with them following the death of her parents by cholera in India. While living at the manor house, Mary discovers a secret walled garden hidden in the grounds and releases the magic and adventures locked inside, changing their lives forever."

Other members of the creative team include music director Jeffrey Campos, set designer Michael P. Kramer, costume designer Ryan J. Moller, lighting designer Dan Jobbins, sound designer Colin Whitely, prop designer Ashley Cavadas, graphic designer Paul Thureen and production stage manager Jessa Nicole Pollock.

Good Shepherd United Methodist Church is located at 30-44 Crescent St. (at 30th Road) in Astoria, NY. For more information and tickets, visit

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