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10am Sunday 22nd September at the Theatre

The Secret Garden

by Frances Hodgson Burnett, directed by Sofie Gabriel

SEASON: 29 November to 7 December 2019


When rude, spoiled Mary Lennox's parents die in a cholera epidemic, she is sent to England to live with a widowed uncle at his huge Yorkshire estate. She finds an overgrown walled garden, and befriends her uncle's crippled son Colin, and the garden, Mary and Colin are transformed in the course of the story.

The play is adapted from Frances Hodgson Burnett's novel, loved by generations of children and considered a classic of English children's literature.


Most of the roles require a Yorkshire accent if possible. In the audition we will have you run scenes trying the Yorkshire accent and without, so please practice having a go at the accent before the audition. If we choose to use the accent in the show, we will have time to work on them throughout the rehearsal process. If accents just aren’t possible for some of the cast, we will not have the accent at all.

On the audition day, we will give you scenes to cold read in groups, and though we will ask for your preferred role in the play please be prepared to read for multiple roles.

Rehearsal schedule to be confirmed, though the first read through will be held either on Monday 30th September or Tuesday 1st October with rehearsals starting at the end of the first week of October. If you have further questions, please contact us on .

There are both adult and younger roles. As always, there is room for discretion with exact ages.

Mrs Medlock: runs Misselthwaite manor, bossy and formidable, Yorkshire accent, 30-60 years

Mary Lennox: spoilt, bratty child, had a difficult childhood, loud and gets what she wants, about 11-14 years

Andrew Craven: troubled master of the manor, grieving and isolated, 30-50 years

Martha Appleby: lively and clumsy, young maid to Mary, Yorkshire accent, 15-30 years

Ben Weatherstaff: gardener, kind hearted but rough nature, knows the secrets of the manor, very open age range, Yorkshire accent

Robin: the bird that appears a lot throughout the play and sings to the children, preferably cast a young child who is able to “fly” about the stage

Doctor Spencer: tends to sick Colin Craven, Andrew’s brother, mysterious and very stubborn, open age range

Nurse Grey: could be doubled up with another role, very kind, loyal nurse to Doctor Spencer, cares a lot about Colin, open age range

Mrs Appleby: Martha and Dickon’s mother, kind natured and very wise, only wants the best for the misunderstood children of the manor, Yorkshire accent, 30-60 years

Dickon Appleby: fun loving, adventurous and speaks the language of the animals, a lively boy who is adored by everyone, Yorkshire accent, about 11-14 years

Colin Craven: crippled boy who has been locked away his whole life, ill mannered and tempered, spoilt and bratty, will be in a wheelchair for part of the play, about 11-14 years

Lilias’ ghost: could be doubled up with another role, Andrew’s dead wife who haunts him and leads him to fix his life

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Note to auditionees: Mairangi Players is a community theatre group. All performers are requested to become paid members of Mairangi Players, and you may be asked to provide a plate for Gala night.

Anyone attending our drama classes is automatically a member of the club.

Check out our membership page for more details.