The Secret Garden


The Forest Roberts Theatre presents


Book and Lyrics by Marsha Norman

Music by Lucy Simon

Based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett   

April 6, 7, 8, 9 at 7:30 PM

April 9 at 1 PM

April 2016








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An enchanting musical that is perfect for all ages. 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.


Cast List

Mary Lennox

Amelia Bishop


Antonio Stabile


Sophie Shahbazi


Nathan Morgan


Jaxine Rivera


Laura Thompson

Cap. Albert Lennox

Luke Speicher

Lt. Peter Wright/Dreamer

Jacob Laitinen

Lt. Ian Shaw/Dreamer

Ethan Burk

Major Holmes/Dreamer

John Sarkela

Mrs. Shelly/Dreamer

Cecelia Holt


Carly Bellock

Claire/Dreamer Erin Potter
Archibald Craven

Ethan Bott

Dr. Neville Craven

Devin Murphy

Mrs. Medlock

Dra Hintsala


Adrianna Stephens


Kees Gray


Dorsey Sprouls


Emily Smith

Mrs. Winthrop/Dreamer

Korinne Griffith

Ensemble/Understudy Dickon Asa Naigus

Jacob DeLong†, Coralee Daugherty, Reya Ghiardi


† indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.

* indicates work done in partial fulfillment of the senior capstone.



Musical Numbers


Act I

Opening — Lily, Fakir, Mary, Company

There's a Girl — Company

The House Upon the Hill — Company

I Heard Someone Crying — Lily, Mary, Archibald

If I Had A Fine White Horse — Martha, Mary

A Girl in the Valley — Archibald, Lily

It's a Maze — Mary, Ben, Dickon

Winter's on the Wing — Dickon

Show Me the Key — Mary, Dickon

A Bit of Earth — Archibald, Mary

Storm I — Company

Lily's Eyes — Archibald, Neville

Storm II — Mary, Company

Round-Shouldered Man — Colin, Mary

Final Storm — Mary, Company

Act II

The Girl I Mean to Be — Mary

Quartet — Archibald, Lily, Neville, Rose

Race You to the Top of the Morning — Archibald

Wick — Dickon with Mary

Come to My Garden — Lily

Lift Me Up — Colin

Come Spirit, Come Charm — Mary, Dickon, Martha, Lily, Fakir, Company

A Bit of Earth (Reprise) — Lily, Rose, Albert

Disappear — Neville

Hold On — Martha

Letter Song — Archibald, Mary, Martha

Where in the World — Archibald

How Could I Ever Know — Archibald, Lily

Finale — Company


The Secret Garden

is produced by special arrangement with Samuel French Inc.


Pit Orchestra Personnel

Jim Briseno


Tom Bronken


Robert Engelhart


Victoria Gabrielsen


Nora Gaffney


Patty Gagnon

Oboe/English Horn

Marissa Gillett-Behrens


Mallory Grugin


Ben Harris


Emily McEwan


Joanne Mingay


Catherine Nevala


Sarah Perfetti


Sonja Prychitko


Nancy Redfern


Barbara Rhyneer

Conductor, NMU Orchestra

Patty Roti


Parker Serino

Assistant Conductor/Violin

Kristin Tasson



Creative Team

Director Shelley Russell
Music Director Rob Engelhart
Scenic & Lighting Designer Victor G. Holliday
Costume Designer Shelley Russell
Sound Designer  Bill Digneit
Properties Master Hannah Cormier
Technical Director David Pierce
Production Stage Manager Abby Schneck*

† indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.

* indicates work done in partial fulfillment of the senior capstone.


Additional Artistic Staff

Assistant Director Dakota Vogel
Assistant Properties Master Emily Kinne
"Indian Charm" Choreographer Carly Bellock
Assistant Stage Managers Tim Hollister, Katherine Marsh, Lily Howder
Makeup Artist Ryan White
Hairdresser Carol Starrine

† indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.




Forest Roberts Theatre Staff

Costume Shop Supervisor Ann Juidici
Costume Shop Crew

Helen Boburka, Hannah Danforth, Cecelia Holt, Regan McKay† , Erin Perry

Scene Shop Foreman Steve McClain
Carpenters, Electricians and Painters

Calen Liverance, Dakota Vogel† , Emily Kinne† , Anna LaBreche† , Hannah Cormier, Dorsey Sprouls

Assistant Box Office Manager Nathan Morgan† 
Box Office Staff Jill Vermeulen† , Elizabeth Trueblood† , Sam Cole, Tom Lee† , Jacob DeLong† , Alysa Spivak
Photographers Leora Lancaster
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† indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.



The Secret Garden Cast Bios


Carly Bellock (Alice/Ensemble/Choreographer) is in her fourth year of college and second year here at Northern Michigan University. Originally from the Chicagoland area, she started acting, singing, and dancing at a young age. In high school she signed with a few acting agencies located in Chicago, and was part of her high school's show choir (they won Nationals her senior year). Majoring in communications and minoring in both theatre and dance, she loves working with everyone here involved with performance at NMU and in the Marquette community. Some of her most recent roles at NMU include: Grandma in Love Notes, Bunny in The California Suite, and June in Chicago. She has also recently been a Laker Girl in Lake Superior Theatre's production of Spamalot. She has plans to graduate in spring '17. She would like to thank her family for their constant love and support.

Amelia Bishop (Mary Lennox) is eleven years old, and is in sixth grade at Bothwell Middle School. Past performance credits include Kids Sing Broadway (2007, 2010, 2014, 2015), Once Upon a Mattress, Alice in Wonderland, Willy Wonka Jr., Annie Jr., Disney's The Little Mermaid, Honk Jr., Seussical, Narnia (The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe), The Music Man Jr., Once on This Island Jr., Aladdin Jr., and The Wizard of Oz (Superior Arts Youth Theatre); Beacon on the Rock (2008, 2013), Ebeneezer Scrooge Jazzed Up Like the Dickens, and The Nutcracker (2009, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015) (Lake Superior Theatre); Hansel and Gretel (North Star Academy); and Les Miserables (Northern Michigan University). In addition to theatre, Amelia likes choir, ballet, playing Lyra, piano, and oboe, and reading. She would like to thank her friends and family who support her in the things she loves to do, and the directors and artistic staff who make it all possible!

Ethan Bott (Archibald Craven) is a native to the lands of Marquette. He is in his sophomore year of college at Northern Michigan University. Other than theatre, Ethan enjoys reading, writing out his thoughts, music, and train hopping with his friends. Ethan can usually be spotted in the forest tuning up with nature, contemplating life, running about, or around campus working and going to class. He is not sure what he wants to do with his life yet, but one day he will be. Follow Ethan on Instagram @ethanbott, and to listen to more of Ethan's singing follow him on Sound Cloud, under the name Ethan Bott.

Ethan Burk (Lt. Ian Shaw/Ensemble) is very excited to be part of the theatre this year. He previously performed in NMU's productions of Avenue Q, Les Miserables, A Comedy of Errors, Chicago, and Twelfth Night, as well as the 2014 Ten Minute Play Festival. He looks forward to expanding upon his theatrical experience.

Coralee Daugherty (Ensemble) is ten years old and goes to Cherry Creek Elementary School. Her two most favorite things to do are sing and act, but she also enjoys playing the piano, dancing, and swimming. Her first play was Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Jr.; she was five years old and played an Oompa Loompa. Since then she has performed in Scrooge, Mary Poppins, Kids Sing Broadway, Once on this Island Jr., and Aladdin Jr. She hopes someday to be a professional singer, but her backup plan is to be a lawyer. She would like to thank her family, who have always supported all her interests and encouraged her to do her best.

Jacob DeLong (Ensemble) is a senior theatre major with a dance minor at Northern Michigan University. Some of his recent performances include Prince Siegfried in the Marquette Center for Dance production of Swan Lake, Chip Tolentino in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at the Vista Theatre, White Rabbit/Pied Piper and Dance Captain in Shrek the Musical, Devil/Dance Captain in All Shook Up, Corny Collins Kid/Dancer in Hairspray at the Elkhart Civic Theatre, and Him in An American in Paris, Ensemble/Student in Les Miserables, Frat Boy/Dance Captain in Legally Blonde, and George Reed in 1776 at the Forest Roberts Theatre. He has recently been the assistant to the choreographer for Superior Arts Youth Theatre Production of Seussical Jr.  He's also Co-choreographed Aladdin Jr. and The Wizard of Oz (Superior Arts Youth Theatre). He has also choreographed for Kids Sing Broadway with SAYT.

Reya Ghiardi (Ensemble) is seven years old and in second grade at Father Marquette Elementary School. This is her first time participating in NMU's theatre program and she is very happy to be a part of this production! She first became involved with the Superior Arts Youth Theatre in 2014, playing the role of Gracie Shinn in Music Man Jr. Other productions include Mary Poppins, Kids Sing Broadway, Once on this Island Jr., Aladdin Jr., and The Wizard of Oz. She thanks her family for their enthusiasm and support, Shelley for this wonderful experience, and especially thanks to Nikke Soni for all the opportunities she's been given!

Kees Gray (Dickon) is a junior at Marquette Senior High School. He would like to send his heartfelt thanks to his family for their unending support, to Mrs. Jan Broderson for excellent instruction and a home in the choir room, and to Mr. Jeff Bruning for pushing him to reach toward his potential.

Korinne Griffith (Mrs. Winthrop/Ensemble) is a theatre and entertainment arts major and media studies minor at Northern Michigan University. Korinne was recently in the Forest Roberts Theatre productions of The California Suite and Into the Woods, as well as Lake Superior Theatre's production of Quilters. Some other favorite roles include Berthe in Pippin and Mother Courage in Mother Courage and her Children. Korinne has also worked on many shows as the head of wardrobe crew; some titles include The Producers,Chicago, Tribes, and Little Shop of Horrors. Her thanks go out to Shelley for this opportunity as well as the FRT faculty for their guidance and support over the last two years.

Dra Hintsala (Mrs. Medlock) is a senor at Northern Michigan University studying theatre and minoring in vocal music and English. She is very excited to be in her first show at NMU this semester. She is a member of Arts Choral, University Choir, and Lake Effect Show Choir, and she recently performed in Alpha Psi Omega's Heroes and Villains Cabaret as many different fairy tale characters. This past summer she appeared in Spamalot at the Lake Superior Theatre's boathouse. She is very thankful for her parents, Beth and Greg, who are very supportive of her dream to be a stage performer. She would also like to thank her boyfriend Parker, who is there for her every day after every rehearsal and every show.

Cecelia Holt (Mrs. Shelley/Ensemble) is a senior zoology major. Though she is not a theatre minor, she is a major theatre enthusiast who has worked with the theatre since she started going to NMU. She was thrilled to debut on a college stage as Agnes in She Kills Monsters, and recently participated in the Alpha Psi Omega Heroes and Villains Cabaret as Belle, Big Mama, Pocahontas, and part of the ensemble. Cecelia has recently designed the costumes for The Colored Museum and Heroes and Villains, and will be designing again for the APO production of The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon next year. She is so excited for another production which she has made costumes for and gets to act and sing in. Please enjoy!

Jacob Laitenen (Lt. Peter Wright/Ensemble) is a native of Marquette, MI. He has performed locally in such productions as Beauty and the Beast (The Beast) and Les Miserables (Thenardier) at the Vista Theatre and the Forest Roberts Theatre, respectively. He has worked as a chorus member in the Pine Mountain Music Festival's opera productions, and he recently performed in the summer stock production of Tecumseh! Outdoor Drama in Ohio.

Nathan Morgan (Fakir) is a junior biology major from West Branch, Michigan. While at Northern, he has been involved in many FRT shows both on and off the stage. Previous performance credits include A Comedy of Errors (Angelo), The Ten-Minute Play Festival, The Colored Museum (Narrator/The Man/Guy/Flo'rance/Waiter), and Alpha Psi Omega's Heroes and Villains Cabaret (Aladdin/Chef Tony/Soldier/Calypso Guy). He is also the box office manager for the Forest Roberts Theatre.

Devin Murphy (Dr. Neville Craven) is a theatre major and communications minor at Northern Michigan University. He has appeared in Les Miserables (Forest Roberts Theatre), Chicago (Forest Roberts Theatre), Spamalot (Lake Superior Theatre), King Lear (Lake Superior Theatre), The Ten-Minute Play Festival (James A. Panowski Black Box Theatre), and Holdin' Our Own (John X. Jamrich Hall).

Asa Naigus (Ensemble/Understudy Dickon) is excited to be part of The Secret Garden! Past performance credits include The Wizard of Oz; Aladdin Jr.; Once on This Island Jr.; Kids Sing Broadway 2015; Mary Poppins; The Music Man Jr.; The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe; Kids Sing Broadway 2014; Seussical; and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Jr. (SAYT/MACC Youth Theatre); Quilters (Lake Superior Theatre); Scrooge; and Snow White (SAYT). Asa's other interests include mountain biking, singing, skateboarding, Legos, swimming, snowboarding, math, piano, animals, and tap dancing. He would like to send a special thank-you to his mom, stepdad Jeff, and grandma and grandpa Salfai--he loves you very much! Thanks to the cast and crew of The Secret Garden as well!

Erin Potter (Claire Holmes/Ensemble) is a Northern Michigan University alumni. She graduated in 2004 with a degree in psychology. She is very excited to be in a show at her alma mater! Erin is relatively new to theatre; oh so long ago she was in her high school's production of The Wiz, and was lucky enough to play Babette in Beauty and the Beast this summer at the Historic Vista Theatre/PAAC. Erin would like to thank her mother and grandmother for the life-changing trip to New York when she was thirteen; it was there she truly discovered her love of musical theatre. She would also thank her husband, parents, brother, sister-in-law, and friends--in particular Dave Dagenais--for their unwavering confidence and support! She loves you all!

Jaxine Rivera (Ayah) is a freshman at Northern Michigan University majoring in theatre. She graduated in 2015 from Stevenson High School. During her high school years, she performed in all the children plays from 2011-2015; though for community service, she enjoyed her time with the group. In recent events, last Halloween she participated in Haunted Theatre at the FRT (Voodoo Priestess for the adult show, Puppet for the children's show) and The Colored Museum (Medea/Little Girl).

John Sarkela (Major Holmes/Ensemble) is a member of the mathematics and computer science department. He has appeared on the FRT stage in productions of 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Peter Pan, Cinderella, School for Scandal, Images, and Hellzapoppin'. He has appeared locally in productions of Macbeth, As You Like It, King Lear, Pirates of Penzance, Guys on Ice, Anatomy of a Murder, Twelfth Night, Kalevala, Footloose, Kiss Me Kate, and The Lion, the Slave, and the Rodent.

Sophie Shahbazi (Lily) is a senior at Marquette Senior High School. She is thrilled to be performing at the FRT again. Sophie's recent credits include How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Rosemary), Quilters (Jenny), Monty Python's Spamalot (Ensemble), Marry Poppins (Mary Poppins), Annie Get Your Gun (Annie Oakley), She Kills Monsters (Evil Gabby), and Shrek (Fiona). After graduation Sophie will be going to college to pursue a BFA in musical theatre. She would like to thank her teachers, friends, and family for all their support.

Emily Smith (Jane/Ensemble) is a 20-year-old cosmetologist, and this is her first time performing with NMU. Her very first lead role was Mary Lennox in The Secret Garden, when she was much younger--she's so excited to be part of another production of this show, as an adult! A few past roles include Gertrude in Seussical, the Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Ariel Moore in Footloose and Jenny Anydots in Cats! She would like to thank all four of her wonderful parents for their endless love and support, huge thanks to her greatest pal Tony Piatti for pushing her to audition, and a special shoutout to her beautiful and loving girlfriend Katie. Enjoy the show!

Luke Speicher (Cap. Albert Lennox) has appeared in Forest Roberts Theatre productions such as Les Miserables (Bamatabois, Courfeyrac) and Chicago (Harry, Ensemble). He has spent the past few summers performing alongside other young professionals through Traverse City's Miracle Productions in Tarzan (Terk), Catch Me if You Can (Agent Dollar), and Curtains! (Oscar). Luke is a senior at NMU majoring in environmental studies and sustainability, and plans to continue his studies post-graduation elsewhere with a focus on sustainable urban planning. To Mom and Dad: Thank you for constantly supporting me in whatever I do! I love you!

Dorsey Sprouls (Ben) is a fourth-year theatre performance major from Cottage Grove, Minnesota. He has participated in twelve other NMU productions: Heroes and Villains (Frollo/Facilier/Soldier/Flotsam/Ensemble), The Soul Truth (Production Stage Manager), Twelfth Night (Feste), Into the Woods (Prince's Steward), The California Suite (Billy Warren/Stu Franklyn), Little Shop of Horrors (Orin Scrivello, Skip Snip, etc.), A Paper Tiger in the Rain (Ben Flynn), A Comedy of Errors (Dromio of Syracuse), Les Miserables (Army Officer/Chorus), Legally Blonde (Elle's Dad), Avenue Q (Bad Idea Bear/Chorus), and 1776 (Samuel Chase). He also participated in Lake Superior Theatre's production of Spamalot (Prince Herbert/Historian, etc.) He would like to thank his friends, family, girlfriend Megan, and the cast and crew of The Secret Garden for all their hard work and support.

Antonio Stabile (Colin) is a fourth grader at North Star Academy in Marquette. He has been involved in theatre for the last two and a half years with the Lake Superior Youth Theatre and Lake Superior Theatre, where he appeared in the following performances: The Wizard of Oz (Coroner Munchkin), Aladdin Jr. (Guard), Mary Poppins (Michael), Pippin (Theo), The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Father Christmas), Kids Sing Broadway (Oliver), Seussical Jr. (Who), and Honk Jr. (Downy). Besides acting, he also enjoys playing soccer, piano, tennis and basketball. He would like to thank his family for their support.

Adrianna Stephens (Martha) is a freshman here at NMU majoring in theatre with a double minor in business administration and communications. She is from Big Rapids, Michigan. Adrianna has been involved in theatre since she was five. After her freshman year she started performing at the International Thespian Festival, where three years in a row she scored superior on her solo musical performance. She also has received superior ratings on duet musical performances and group musical performances, at the ITF, the Youth Arts Festival and beyond. Some of Adrianna's favorite roles include Jan in Grease (2012), the Queen of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland (2013), Meg March in Little Women the Musical (2013), Gertrude in Seussical the Musical (2014), Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof (2015) and Kathy in Love Notes (2016).

Laura Thompson (Rose) is a junior theatre major and has appeared previously in Les Miserables (Forest Roberts Theatre), A Comedy of Errors (James A. Panowski Black Box Theatre), She Kills Monsters (Forest Roberts Theatre), Little Shop of Horrors (Forest Roberts Theatre) and Into the Woods (James A. Panowski Black Box Theatre). Laura is thrilled to be working alongside so many talented and friendly people in this production of The Secret Garden.


The Secret Garden Creative Team Bios


Hannah Cormier (Properties Master) is a sophomore theatre technology and design major at Northern Michigan University. Her past technical credits include: sound assistant for Into the Woods (2015). This is her first experience designing props, and she is very thankful and excited to have this opportunity. Hannah would like to thank her friends and family for their ever-present love and support. Enjoy the show!

Bill Digneit (Sound Design) is the owner of Double Trouble Entertainment. He received his M.F.A. in Technical Production and Design at Florida State University.

Victor G. Holliday (Scenic Design/Light Design) has been the designer for the Forest Roberts Theatre since 1982, and also served as technical director from 1982-2000. He holds a bachelor of arts in psychology from St. Johns University (Minnesota), and his master of fine arts in scenic design from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Before coming to NMU, he was designer and technical director at Trenton State College (now the College of New Jersey). Vic has also designed for summer and community theatre companies in Hawaii, Michigan, Wisconsin, New Jersey, and North Carolina. Outside of the theatre, his major interests are history (particularly military and naval history), ship modeling (pre-deadnought steel navy), and he is an active ailurophile.

David Pierce (Technical Director) David came to NMU from Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, KY where he had been Technical Director for the Department of Theatre and Dance. Other TD credits include Adirondack Theatre Festival, Little Theatre on the Square, and Four Seasons Theatre Company.  David holds a BS in Construction Management from Ferris State University and an MFA in Theatre Technology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In his spare time, he loves to be outdoors. He enjoys hiking, boating, fishing, biking, and bonfires.  He’s also a boisterous Tigers fan!

Shelley M. Russell (Director/Costume Design) is a professor of theater arts at NMU. Shelley Russell teaches a variety of courses, including playwriting and stage combat. She has directed over fifty productions including Beauty and the Beast, RENT, Romeo and Juliet, Peter Pan and Legally Blonde. Russell, who enjoys all aspects of the theater, has acted and sung in numerous productions, created dance and fight choreography, designed costumes and written plays and musicals which have been honored by the Jane Chambers Playwriting Award Competition, the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, the National Endowment for the Arts and the State of Michigan. Dr. Russell also served as executive director for the Lake Superior Theatre and in 2011 Dr. Russell was honored by NMU with the Distinguished Faculty Award. Her dramatic works include Holdin’ Our Own, a drama about the final hours of the lake boat, Edmund Fitzgerald, and a musical trilogy of works based in the Upper Peninsula, Beacon on the Rock, Haywire and Points North. But the common thread is Lake Superior. Water, Woman, her most recent playscript, is set for performance at the In/Visible Theatre in Boone, N.C. for summer of 2015. As her work suggests, her commitment to the region’s natural resources and to women finding their voice in environmental protection is unwavering.

Abby Schneck (Production Stage Manager) is a senior at Northern studying theatre management. She has appeared in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Marcy Park) and She Kills Monsters (Farrah) at the Forest Roberts Theatre. She also performed in Quilters (2015) at the Lake Superior Theatre. Past production credits include Assistant Stage Manager (1776 and Les Miserables), Stage Manager (A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking and Haunted Theatre), Assistant Lighting Designer (Into the Woods) and Lighting Designer (Fringe Festival). In high school she appeared in Godspell and A Christmas Carol and stage managed/directed The Philadelphia Story. She is super excited to be a part of this production. She would like to thank the rest of the production team, and her friends and family for their unconditional love.

Dakota Vogel (Assistant Director) is a junior theatre major at NMU. Dakota's performance credits at the Forest Roberts Theatre include Player in A Comedy of Errors, Monster Chorus in She Kills Monsters, Antonio in Twelfth Night, and Ed in International Stud. His technical credits include Assistant Stage Manager (Chicago and Little Shop of Horrors), Production Stage Manager (California Suite), Director (A House of Cards) and Assistant Director (Tribes). He thanks his friends and family for their support.