Hazel, Henry, and Rose review the Secret Garden

This photo is from the Hale Theater’s Facebook page, where you can see the rest of the cast photos and read information about the show. (I think it’s a public page, but let me know if the link doesn’t work.)

Mabel’s going to be in the musical version of The Secret Garden in a local production. Although she has performed a lot before–as a Youth Teller at the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival, as a soloist in church, a memorable performance in a theater camp a couple of years ago, and has generally entertained everyone around her much of the time–this is her first actual play, and it’s been exciting for our whole family to listen to her practice her songs and hear her describe the rehearsals. Even Hazel, who is 3 years old, has at least a couple of Mabel’s songs memorized. And last night our family had the treat of watching a dress rehearsal.

This morning Mabel asked Hazel, “What part of the show did you like last night?”

“Uh, singing.”

“What else happened in the play?”

“Uh, the boy had a bed, and you had a different bed. And you were on the bed with your pretty shirt that was a costume.”

“Who am I in the play?”

“Mary Lennox.”

“That’s right!”

When we watched the show last night, they had been about to start, and I had told Hazel that the show would be “kind of like a movie– Mabel’s going to pretend to be Mary Lennox.” Then they had to stop the show to fix something, and Hazel shouted, “The movie won’t start!” Then during the first two scenes she kept saying, “Mabel sister!” Hazel was also very upset by one scene in the play, although she couldn’t put it into words this morning other than to say, “When Mabel was in the bed it was scary.”

Mabel asked Henry, age 5, “How did you like the show last night?” Henry said, “I loved it! It was awesome!”

Mabel asked, “What happens in the play?”

“I don’t really remember.”

Rose, age 8, said, “I know what happened in the play. You were chasing Colin around in the garden when he said ‘Mistress Mary, quite contrary, how does your garden grow?’ And Doctor Craven wanted to send you away to a boarding school because you remind Uncle Archibald of his wife Lily.”

Mabel asked Rose and Henry what their favorite song was. Rose said, “When Lily sings, ‘Come to my garden’ to Colin.'”

Next Mabel asked, “What was your favorite part of the play?”

Henry said, “When Mary chased Colin in the garden.”

Rose said, “When Dickon singed ‘Wick.”‘

Hazel said, “Uh, Mabel.”

Clockwise from top center: Isaac, Mabel, Henry, Rose, Hazel. (Isaac’s not much a fan of musical theater, and didn’t come to the dress rehearsal, but he’ll come to at least one of Mabel’s performances.)

Oh, by the way, here’s my review: It’s going to be a wonderful show. The leads are incredibly talented performers with beautiful voices, the staging is innovative and sometimes quite brilliant, and of course it’s a classic, beloved story. (Apparently, young kids will especially enjoy the brief scene where Mary Lennox chases Colin through the garden.) And don’t forget to bring tissues if you are at all susceptible to getting misty-eyed–or, like me, downright soggy-eyed.

(The show is double-cast, and Mabel’s performances are on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays except for May 11th, and her Saturday matinées are on April 21st and 28th, and May 12th and 26th.)

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2 Responses to Hazel, Henry, and Rose review the Secret Garden

  1. zstitches says:

    I loved it sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much. Good job Zina! – Rose

  2. Hannah Holt says:

    Thanks for all the details. It made me feel like I sat in the audience for a bit. Go Mabel!

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