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MSA to hold auditions for ‘The Secret Garden’

SAXTONS RIVER—Main Street Arts is holding auditions for its fall production of the musical The Secret Garden, which will be performed Oct. 25 through Nov. 3 at the Bellows Falls Opera House.

Audition times at MSA in Saxtons River are Friday, May 17, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Saturday, May 18, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 19, from 3 to 5:30 p.m.

Those auditioning should bring a prepared song or part of a song of at least 16 bars. There will also be movement sections of the auditions.

Although The Secret Garden is not a dance show, it will likely integrate significant movement for the dreamer ensemble. This ensemble will be much larger than is typical, with total cast size between 30 and 40. Those auditioning will also be asked to read from the text.

The roles of the children (ages typically around 10 to 12) may be played by children a little older. More information will be available later on the MSA website at, according to a news release.

Information about the plot and the roles in the musical based on Frances Hodgson Burnett’s Victorian classic can be found at

The musical with script and lyrics by Pulitzer Prize-winner Marsha Norman and music by Lucy Simon debuted on Broadway in 1991 and ran for 709 performances.

Further information is available by contacting MSA at 802-869-2960 or visiting their website.

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Originally published in The Commons issue #510 (Wednesday, May 15, 2019). This story appeared on page B2.

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