Frances Hodgson Burnett, writer of classics

TSG-web-1-238x300The first in a series of posts on the background of all for One’s The Secret Garden, which opens April 20, 2018. For tickets, call (260) 422-4226.

Who was the woman who gave the world two of its most beloved children’s classics? She was not perhaps quite what you might have expected.

  • Her books were all set in the British Isles, but she left England as a teen and did not return for some years. In fact, the last years of her life were spent on Long Island, where she is buried.
  • She wrote famously of little girls, but she bore only sons.
  • Her books focus on comfortably wealthy families, but she experienced a “riches to rags” life and only regained financial stability by long years of perseverance as a writer.
  • Her stories are full of lively and optimistic characters, but she suffered from depression on and off throughout her life.

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The cast of The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden

We are excited to announce the cast for the closing production of our 25th anniversary season, Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden (adapted by Sylvia Ashby):

MARY LENNOX–Violet Park*

COLIN CRAVEN–Micah Gilliom

DICKON SOWERBY–Jack Voirol*

MARTHA SOWERBY–Tori Beth Bowman*

ARCHIBALD CRAVEN–Nick Henney*

MRS. MEDLOCK–Michelle King

BEN WEATHERSTAFF–Dennis Nichols

MRS. SOWERBY–Lauren Nichols

DR. SPENCER–Eric Black

NURSE GREY–Angela Bougher*

*Denotes afO debut

As you can see, half of our cast are newcomers to all for One!  In the director’s chair for this production is Lorraine Knox, who directed Just So Stories for us two seasons ago.  The production team includes costumer Deanna Deturk, props mistress Christine Newman-Aumiller, and set design/construction by Lorraine, Lee and Sophie Knox.

Our guest lighting designer is Luke Holliger, who also designed the lighting for David. Luke is the technical director for Arts United. We are thrilled to have his expertise!

Also of note is the original music, which is being composed by Torilinn Cwanek, who also composed incidental music for afO’s production of A Little Princess (2013). Tori is a 15-year-old piano student of Lauren Nichols, afO’s Artistic Director.

Tickets are available now through the ArtsTix box office:  (260) 422-4226 or order online.

Season finale: A Wrinkle in Time

Wrinkle in Time show art
Although it is hard for us on staff to realize that we are already less than a month away from our closing production of 2016-2017, designer/director Jeff Salisbury has been hard at work planning this area premiere for nine months now, and we are all getting more and more excited about bringing a new adaptation of this significant novel to our afO stage.
The first thing many will be wondering is, “Who is in the cast?”  That is easily answered:  12 actors and actresses, SIX of whom are new to the afO Home Stage, who portray over two dozen characters.
CAST LIST
Meg Murry:   Alanna Gough*
Charles Wallace Murry:  Elias Kroeker*
Calvin O’Keefe:   Reed Maibach*
Mrs. Whatsit:  Katherine Nash*
Mrs. Who:  Christine Newman-Aumiller
Mrs. Which:  Rachel Maibach
The Man with Red Eyes:  Dennis Nichols
Mrs. Murry: Brittany Scantlin* (also Camazotz citizen 2, Aunt Beast’s Voice)
Mr. Murry:  Colin Aumiller (also Goul)
with
Kristin Wilder as The Happy Medium, Principal Jenkins, Camazotz citizen 3
Ben Wilder as Henderson, U.V. Double, Son, Beast
Katie Detweiler* as Teacher, Skeleton, U.V. Double, Camazotz 1
Sarah Hobson as Post Mistress, U.V. Double, Daughter, Beast
* indicates first appearance on afO stage
PRODUCTION TEAM
Jeff Salisbury                                 Director/Production Designer/Lighting Design
Catherine Bougher                      Stage Manager
Deanna DeTurk                            Costumer
J. Scott Kump                                 Sound Design and Original Music
Christine Newman-Aumiller    Prop Design and Construction
Larry Nolan                                   Set Construction
Emily Contrares                           Video Animator
In our next post, we’ll give a short synopsis of the play, and its background as an awarding-winning children’s novel.