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The Secret Garden

Apr 14 – May 6, 2017

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Where should I sit?
Try the Mezzanine! Sometimes called the Grand Tier, seats in this section (rows A-J upstairs) are often considered the best in the house and have a sweeping view of the entire stage. They're closer to the action than you may think! The Mezzanine overhangs about halfway above our Orchestra level seating. It is a prime location for enjoying large-scale choreography, taking in the full effect of the set designs in each scene, and it happens to be Executive Producer and Artistic Director David Armstong's favorite location in the house. Check out the view from our interactive seating chart by hovering your mouse on a seat.

Preview Performances April 14- April 19
Official Press Opening April 20

Book & Lyrics by Marsha Norman
Music by Lucy Simon
Directed and Choreographed by David Armstrong
Based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett

A Co-Production with D.C.’s Shakespeare Theatre Company

Run time: approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes with one intermission.

A story of great love and great loss, great sadness and great joy.

A hauntingly beautiful musical, The Secret Garden is the celebrated tale of a young orphaned girl, sent to live with a reclusive uncle in a crumbling mansion overrun with spirits of the past. Called “smart and sensitive” and “blessedly grownup” with “a yearning magical pulse” by the Washington Post, this fantastical tale features stunning sets and costumes, a gorgeous score and rich, lush story-telling. This dark and mysterious gothic thriller brings to exuberant life a saga of deception, grief, jealousy, love and ultimately, rebirth.

With sun, water, earth and love, any seed can bloom…

Some shows deal with mature themes and may not be appropriate for all children. For information about whether a particular show is suitable for your child, we strongly encourage you to read the Content Advisories for each production. Children under 4, including babes in arms, will not be admitted. 

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The Secret Garden

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The Secret Garden Cast (click for bios):

LIZZIE KLEMPERER

LIZZIE KLEMPERER
Lily Craven

LIZZIE KLEMPERER

LIZZIE KLEMPERER
(Lily Craven)

Klemperer is thrilled to be making her 5th Avenue debut. BROADWAY: Bright Star (by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, Tony nomination—Best Musical); Off-Broadway: Madison Square Garden: A Christmas Story; City Center Encores: The Most Happy Fella. National Tours: The Addams Family, Little House on the Prairie. Regional: Kennedy Center: Bright Star; Portland Center Stage: Somewhere in Time; Pioneer Theatre Company: The Music Man (Marian); North Shore Music Theater: Les Misérables (Eponine); Sacramento Music Circus: Hair (Crissy); Big River (Mary Jane). Concerts: Soloist with the Southwest Florida Symphony and the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra. Training: University of Michigan: BFA in Musical Theatre. For Evan.

TAM MUTU

TAM MUTU
Archibald Craven

TAM MUTU

TAM MUTU
(Archibald Craven)

5th Avenue debut. Broadway: The New Yorkers (Encores), Doctor Zhivago. UK: City of Angels (Donmar), Les Misérables (West End), Love Never Dies (West End), Orange Peel (Royal Court), Royal Hunt of the Sun and Love’s Labour’s Lost (National), East (Leicester Haymarket), Romeo and Juliet and King Lear (RSC), As You Like It (Regent’s Park), Faustus (Headlong Theatre). Toronto: Chess. TV: Sherlock, Blue Bloods and Walking the Dead. Mutu is very excited to be making his 5th Avenue debut in The Secret Garden. @tammutu.

JOSH YOUNG

JOSH YOUNG
Dr. Neville Craven

JOSH YOUNG

JOSH YOUNG
(Dr. Neville Craven)

Young recently originated the role of John Newton in the Broadway World Premiere of Amazing Grace. Tony® Award nomination & Theatre World Award for his Broadway debut as Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar. Two seasons at The Stratford Shakespeare Festival: Judas in JCS, Connie in Grapes of Wrath and Che in Evita, earning Broadway World Awards for each. Che in the National Tour of Evita (Broadway World Award), Marius in the National Tour of Les Misérables and Tony in the 50th Anniversary Tour of West Side Story. BFA Syracuse. @joshpaulyoung. Solo album on iTunes/Amazon and at this theater where merchandise is sold.

BRITTANY BARATZ

BRITTANY BARATZ
Rose

BRITTANY BARATZ

BRITTANY BARATZ
(Rose)

Baratz is thrilled to be making her 5th Avenue debut! Regional: The Secret Garden, A Little Night Music, 1776, Alice Adams, Man of La Mancha, Urinetown, Trouble in Tahiti, Romeo and Juliet, The Dining Room, and five original musicals with the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. TV: Who the [Bleep] Did I Marry? www.brittanybaratz.com.

GUTHRIE GREENWOOD BETTINGER

GUTHRIE GREENWOOD BETTINGER
Colin Craven

GUTHRIE GREENWOOD BETTINGER

GUTHRIE GREENWOOD BETTINGER
(Colin Craven)

Bettinger is in the 7th grade at Northwood Middle School where he sings with the jazz choir. This is his debut at The 5th. Previous roles include Oliver in Oliver! (Hi-Liners), Tobias in Sweeney Todd (At the Ridge) and Pugsley in The Addams Family (Kentridge HS).

BEA CORLEY

BEA CORLEY
Mary Lennox

BEA CORLEY

BEA CORLEY
(Mary Lennox)

Corley is delighted to make her debut at The 5th Avenue Theatre.  Regional: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Seattle Children’s Theatre), Shrek (Coeur d’ Alene Summer Theatre) and Les Misérables (Village Theatre). Youth Theatre: Studio East. Thanks Mary Jo, Laura, STS, Mom, Dad, Mae and Nell.

DAISY EAGAN

DAISY EAGAN
Martha

DAISY EAGAN

DAISY EAGAN
(Martha)

NEW YORK: Broadway: The Secret Garden (Tony Award, nominations for Drama Desk and Outer Critic’s Circle Awards), Les Misérables (original Broadway production), James Joyce’s The Dead; Off-Broadway: Playwright’s Horizons: James Joyce’s The Dead. REGIONAL: Wit, Stoneface, The Wild Party (L.A. Weekly Award: Best Featured Actress, Musical), Be Aggressive, On the Mountain, A View From The Bridge. FILM: Ripe, Losing Isaiah, Judgment. TELEVISION: Girls, The Mentalist, Without a Trace, Ghost Whisperer, Numbers, The Unit. Eagan is a published, award-winning writer. WEB: DaisyEagan.com.

JASON FORBACH

JASON FORBACH
Captain Albert Lennox

JASON FORBACH

JASON FORBACH
(Captain Albert Lennox)

5th Avenue debut. NEW YORK: Broadway: Les Misérables; Off-Broadway: New Group: The Music Teacher; 59e59: A.W.O.L.; McGinn/Cazale: As You Like It. NATIONAL TOURS: Les Misérables 25th Anniversary Tour; Phantom of the Opera (Las Vegas). REGIONAL: Shakespeare Theater Co.; Sacramento Music Circus; Paper Mill Playhouse; North Shore Music Theater. TELEVISION: America’s Got Talent. Recordings: A New Leading Man, Remembering to Dream and Revolutionary.  TWITTER: @jtforbach.

CHARLIE FRANKLIN

CHARLIE FRANKLIN
Dickon

CHARLIE FRANKLIN

CHARLIE FRANKLIN
(Dickon)

5th Ave Debut! Broadway: The Book of Mormon and The Bridges of Madison County (Original Broadway Cast). New York Theatre: Parade (Lincoln Center), Big River (City Center Encores!). Regional: The Secret Garden (Shakespeare Theatre Company), Lord of the Flies (Denver Center), SCKBSTD (Virginia Stage Company). TV: Shades of Blue. Education: BFA from Pace University. @chazafranklin.

SEÁN G. GRIFFIN

SEÁN G. GRIFFIN
Ben Weatherstaff

SEÁN G. GRIFFIN

SEÁN G. GRIFFIN
(Ben Weatherstaff)

160 productions in 55 years. Here at The 5th he has been in Carousel, Elf, Aladdin, Mame, West Side Story, The Wizard of Oz, Yankee Doodle Dandy and My Fair Lady. Griffin has appeared at all the professional theaters in Seattle, major repertory companies across the US as well as six Broadway productions. He has toured nationally and internationally. He has appeared in several films, television series and commercials. He is a loving “Pop” to Ava and Jack and has been a proud member of Actors' Equity since 1968.

COLEMAN HUNTER

COLEMAN HUNTER
Colin Craven

COLEMAN HUNTER

COLEMAN HUNTER
(Colin Craven)

Hunter is very honored and overjoyed to be a part of this amazing cast and crew. Previously seen as Kurt von Trapp in The 5th Avenue’s Sound of Music. Hunter would like to thank his teachers, friends and family for their support. Much love to Faye, Mom and Dad.

JOHANN GEORGE

JOHANN GEORGE
Fakir

JOHANN GEORGE

JOHANN GEORGE
(Fakir)

5th Avenue debut! Regional: The Man Who Murdered Sherlock Holmes (Mercury Theatre), Madagascar (Marriott Lincolnshire), South Pacific (Ivoryton Playhouse) and Sweeney Todd (Porchlight Music Theatre). Education: B.A. in Theatre from Northwestern University. Thank you to my parents, teachers and Stewart Talent.

MAYA MANIAR

MAYA MANIAR
Ayah

MAYA MANIAR

MAYA MANIAR
(Ayah)

5th Avenue debut! Maniar is excited to be back in “the garden” after the run at Shakespeare Theatre Company. Regional: Front Porch Theatricals: In the Heights. Television: Chicago Justice, Late Night with Seth Meyers. Cabaret: 54 Below, Pittsburgh CLO. Recent graduate of Carnegie Mellon University. Proud member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA. For mom and dad.

MARIANNE OWEN

MARIANNE OWEN
Mrs. Medlock

MARIANNE OWEN

MARIANNE OWEN
(Mrs. Medlock)

5th Avenue Theatre:  Grease. World tours:  Theatre Festivals in Europe, Israel, Moscow. National Tour: The Real Thing. Regional theatre:  American Repertory Theatre (founding member), N.Y. Public Theatre, Arizona Theatre Co., Actors' Theatre of Louisville, Rep. Theatre of St. Louis, La Jolla Playhouse, Playwrights' Horizons, Guthrie, Goodman, George St. Playhouse. Local Theatre: ACT Theatre, Seattle Rep, Book-It, Seattle Shakespeare Co., Seattle Children’s Theatre, Empty Space, Village, Strawberry Theatre Workshop. Degrees: BA (Univ. Southern Maine), MFA (Yale Drama School), UW Fiber Arts Certificate Program.

ERIC ANKRIM

ERIC ANKRIM
Soldier, Footman, Dickon Understudy, Lieutenant Wright Understudy, Fakir Understudy

ERIC ANKRIM

ERIC ANKRIM
(Soldier, Footman, Dickon Understudy, Lieutenant Wright Understudy, Fakir Understudy)

5th Ave: Man of La Mancha, Paint Your Wagon, How to Succeed…, Jacques Brel…, Carousel, First Date, Oklahoma!, RENT, Into the Woods, The Rocky Horror Show, Miss Saigon. Broadway: First Date. Endless love to Michele and the kids. 

JARED MICHAEL BROWN

JARED MICHAEL BROWN
Lieutenant Wright, Neville Understudy

JARED MICHAEL BROWN

JARED MICHAEL BROWN
(Lieutenant Wright, Neville Understudy)

Brown is thrilled to be back in Seattle for The Secret Garden after its award-winning run at Shakespeare Theatre in D.C. 5th Ave: Paint Your Wagon, Jasper in Deadland, Oliver!, Secondhand Lions, Pirates of Penzance and Oklahoma!.

MEGAN CHENOVICK

MEGAN CHENOVICK
Alice

MEGAN CHENOVICK

MEGAN CHENOVICK
(Alice)

Chenovick celebrated her 5th Avenue Theatre debut in The Sound of Music. Regional: Don Giovanni, Lucia di Lammermoor, Jerry Springer the Opera (2014 Gregory Award Nominee). World Premiere: In Sleep the World is Yours (Naxos). www.MeganChenovick.com.

RACHEL DeSHON

RACHEL DeSHON
Housemaid, Martha Understudy, Alice Understudy, Rose Understudy

RACHEL DeSHON

RACHEL DeSHON
(Housemaid, Martha Understudy, Alice Understudy, Rose Understudy)

5th Avenue debut. Winner of Marvin Hamlisch’s Search for a Star, guest artist on his National Tour. Highlights: Boston POPS!, Seattle Symphony, Seattle Opera, Seattle Men’s Chorus, Pittsburgh Symphony, Singapore’s Esplanade Hall and Teatro ZinZanni.

CANDICE DONEHOO

CANDICE DONEHOO
Cook, Mrs. Medlock Understudy, Claire Understudy, Ayah Understudy

CANDICE DONEHOO

CANDICE DONEHOO
(Cook, Mrs. Medlock Understudy, Claire Understudy, Ayah Understudy)

Bio to come.

MARY JO DuGAW

MARY JO DuGAW
Claire, Mrs. Winthrop

MARY JO DuGAW

MARY JO DuGAW
(Claire, Mrs. Winthrop)

5th Avenue Favorites:  Most Happy Fella, Titanic, Music Man.  Village Favorites:  Mary Poppins; Les Misérables; Kiss Me, Kate (Footlight Award, Best Actress).  Off-B’way:  Patience, The Red Mill.  Soloist:  Seattle Symphony, NW Sinfonietta, Vancouver Symphony.  TV:  Stephen King’s ABC mini-series Rose Red.  maryjodugaw.com.

MATTHEW POSNER

MATTHEW POSNER
Major Shelley, Butler, Major Holmes Understudy, Ben Understudy, Albert Understudy)

MATTHEW POSNER

MATTHEW POSNER
(Major Shelley, Butler, Major Holmes Understudy, Ben Understudy, Albert Understudy))

5th: Damn Yankees, Pirates of Penzance, Secondhand Lions, Oliver, A Christmas Story. Tour/ Regional: Camelot (Lancelot), Les Mis (Valjean). Village: Show Boat, Fiddler, Billy Elliot. Posner has a prominent voice-over career – hear his work at Voices.com! Thanks family, Matt #1. SHMILY. 

GREG STONE

GREG STONE
Major Holmes, Archibald Understudy

GREG STONE

GREG STONE
(Major Holmes, Archibald Understudy)

5th Ave: Titanic in Concert, The Music Man, Pirates of Penzance and The Pajama Game. Broadway: Les Misérables, Oklahoma!, Urban Cowboy and The Pirate Queen. Off-Broadway: Under the Bridge, Of Thee I Sing, Juno and Summer of 42. Stone graduated from the University of Washington.

NINA MAKINO

NINA MAKINO
Mary Understudy

NINA MAKINO

NINA MAKINO
(Mary Understudy)

Makino is thrilled to be making her 5th Avenue Theatre debut. Makino most recently appeared in Book-It Theater’s production of Brothers K (Young Bet) and is passionate about acting and musical theater.

Plan Your Visit

Run time: approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes with one intermission.

Whether this is your first visit to The 5th Avenue Theatre or your 50th, we want to ensure that you enjoy every moment. If you have any questions about the theater accommodations or services, please call 206-625-1900 or e-mail info@5thavenue.org.

Arrival Time

Productions begin promptly, so please arrive at least 15 minutes early. Doors open 45 minutes before the show and seating begins 30 minutes before the curtain.

Late Seating

Patrons arriving late will be seated at the first suitable pause in the performance in the least disruptive location. Following intermission, an usher will help you find your seat.

Weather

All performances will take place as scheduled, regardless of weather conditions.

Children

The 5th Avenue Theatre welcomes children ages 4 and older. Children under 4 years of age, including babes in arms, will not be admitted. 

Some shows deal with mature themes and may not be appropriate for all children. For information on whether a particular show is suitable for your child, please see the Parental Guidelines included for each show. Complimentary booster seats are available at the Coat Check.

Emergency Contact

Please leave the following information with your sitter or service, so we can quickly locate you in the event of an emergency:

Theatre Coat Check phone:  206-625-1294
Your seat location: aisle, section, row, and seat number

Coat Check, Assistive Devices, and Special Needs

Complimentary Coat Check is located in the lobby next to Aisle 3. You may check any item you don’t wish to carry into the theater. Booster seats, assistive listening headsets, and Braille playbills are available at no charge. Binoculars may be rented for $5.00.

Food & Drinks

Refreshments are available for purchase on both levels of the lobby before the performance and during intermission. Candy and beverages purchased at the lobby concession stand may be brought into the theatre. Beverages must be in a bottle with cap or a theater cup with lid. 

Ticket Refunds & Exchanges

You may exchange your tickets if you do so 24 hours or more prior to your scheduled performance date. Subscribers may exchange tickets with no exchange fee. Single-ticket buyers are charged an exchange fee. Please note: Tickets are non-refundable.

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Cameras & Recorders

The use of cameras and video or audio recording equipment is strictly prohibited. You may leave these items at the Coat Check.

Smoking Policy

Smoking is not allowed in any part of the theater nor within 25 feet of the theater entrance.

Firearms Policy

No firearms of any kind are allowed in any part of the theater.

Ask an Usher

If you experience any discomfort during a performance, an usher or the House Manager will be glad to assist you.

The Secret Garden

Recommended for audiences ages 7 and up.
Run time: approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes with one intermission.

The Secret Garden, based on the classic children’s book by Frances Hodgson Burnett (The Little Princess), tells the story of Mary Lennox, a 10-year-old girl suddenly orphaned in India, who is sent to her uncle’s mysterious house in the moors of Yorkshire.

 

Adult Language: None

 

Sexual References: None

 

Alcohol/Drugs: None

 

Violence/Scariness:

The show opens with Mary going to bed in her room as her parents host a party in the rooms below; when she wakes in the morning, her family, the guests, and the household servants have all died of cholera (this is conveyed only symbolically onstage as the characters dance passing a red handkerchief and drop out of the game one by one). These characters – along with Mary’s Aunt Lily, who died in childbirth – are “The Dreamers,” whose songs comment on the action; shadows from the past, they haunt those still alive who are grieving. At one point, Mary asks her uncle, “Is my Aunt Lily a ghost now? Does everyone who dies become a ghost?” He replies, “They’re only a ghost if someone alive is still holding onto them.”

At one point, Mary accuses her uncle’s brother Dr. Craven of not wanting her sickly cousin Colin to get well: “You want him to die so you can have this house!” Dr. Craven raises his hand to hit her, but controls himself and sends her from the room.