NMU Presents 'Secret Garden' Musical

Rehearsal photo
Rehearsal photo

Northern Michigan University's Forest Roberts Theatre will present “The Secret Garden” musical Wednesday, April 6, through Saturday, April 9. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m., with an additional 1 p.m. matinee performance on Saturday.  

Following her parents’ unexpected deaths, the newly orphaned Mary Lennox is sent away from her home in India to live with her embittered and isolated uncle, Archibald, and his invalid son, Colin. While exploring her new home, Mary meets new friends and discovers a magical secret garden. Through haunting melodies and spirits from her past, Mary leads her new family on a journey of discovery and forgiveness.

NMU professor Shelley Russell is directing the production. Rob Engelhart of NMU's music department is providing musical direction.

Tickets are $10 for students and $15 for the general public. They can be purchased at all NMU EZ Ticket outlets or at nmu.edu/tickets.

The cast and creative team, along with their respective roles, are:


Belmont: Dakota Vogel, Assistant Director

Big Rapids: Adrianna Stephens as Martha

Detroit: Javonte Thompson as Major Shelley/Dreamers

Grand Rapids: Erin Potter as Claire/Dreamers

Gwinn: Laura Thompson as Rose; Victor G Holliday, Scenic and Lighting Designer

Ishpeming: Devin Murphy as Dr. Neville Craven; Dra Hintsala as Mrs. Medlock; Emily Kinne, Assistant Properties Master

Lake Odessa: Emily Smith as Jane/Dreamers

Leland: Luke Speicher as Cap. Albert Lennox

Lowell: Tim Hollister, Assistant Stage Manager

Marquette: Amelia Bishop as Mary Lennox; Antonio Stabile as Colin; Asa Naigus as Dreamers/Understudy Dickon; Bill Digneit, Sound Designer; Coralee Daugherty as Dreamers/Ensemble; David Pierce, Technical Director; Ethan Bott as Archibald Craven; Jacob Laitinen as Lt. Peter Wright/Dreamers; John Sarkela as Major Holmes/Dreamers; Kees Gray as Dickon; Reya Ghiardi as Dreamers/Ensemble; Sophie Shahbazi as Lily

Ortonville: Katherine Marsh, Assistant Stage Manager

Sturgis: Jacob DeLong as Dreamers/Ensemble

Wakefield: Hannah Cormier, Properties Master

West Branch: Nathan Morgan as Fakir 


Chicago: Carly Bellock as Alice/Dreamers; Korinne Griffith as Mrs. Winthrop/Dreamers

Deerfield: Jaxine Rivera as Ayah


Columbia: Cecelia Holt as Mrs. Shelley/Dreamer


Brunsville: Abby Schneck, Production Stage Manager

Cook: Dorsey Sprouls as Ben


Eau Claire: Lily Howder, Assistant Stage Manager

Prepared By
Student Writer
March 22, 2016