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Feb. 19, 2003
OSWEGO -- The SUNY Oswego theatre department production of Frances Hodgson Burnett's "The Secret Garden," bearing the springtime theme of rebirth, will bloom beginning Feb. 28 at Tyler Hall's Waterman Theatre.
The musical follows the story of Mary, a foul-tempered little girl who loves no one and whom no one loves, who finds herself orphaned by her parents -- a dashing army captain and his frivolous, beautiful wife. Forced to move from India to England to live with her widowed uncle and sickly cousin, Mary lands at Misselthwaite Manor.
Through a kindly maidservant and the help of a friendly robin, Mary hears of a "secret garden" and becomes determined to find it. Through her curiosity and vigorous gardening, Mary transforms into a pleasant and engaging child. Mary befriends a young boy named Dickon and together they bring the sickly Colin to the garden with them. Through the miraculous powers of nature, Colin and those residing at Misselthwaite find new life in the garden.
Jonel Langenfeld-Rial of SUNY Oswego's theatre department directs "The Secret Garden," with musical direction by newcomer Todd Graber. Costume designer is Kitty Macey, with set and lighting design by Joe Rial.
The cast features a blend of SUNY Oswego students and local children Allison Vanouse, Billy Darvill, Greg Lyons and Sean Callahan of Oswego as well as Morgan Cambs from Camillus. The roles of Mary and Colin have been double cast; Vanouse and Lyons are scheduled to perform on Feb. 27 (preview) and March 1 and 8, while Cambs and Darvill are due to play the leads on Feb. 28 and March 7 and 9.
"The Secret Garden" will have a preview performance at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, with all seats available for $6.
The play will open at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, with evening shows March 1, 7 and 8, plus a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday, March 9.
Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and students, and $7 for SUNY Oswego students. A family package for two adults and two children is available for $42.
For reservations, call the Tyler Hall box office at 312-2141 or e-mail For information on group discounts, ask for the box office manager.
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