A story of hope and celebration of all good things in life, "The Secret Garden" takes Mistress Mary Quite Contrary on a fascinating journey from India to England.
An original Missoula Children's Theatre rendition, the show will be performed by area children at 4 and 7 p.m. on Saturday at the Lincoln Theater in New Martinsville.
"The Secret Garden" follows Mistress Mary as she makes friends along the way while traveling to her uncle's home in England. She meets the hilarious Canadian Geese and the colorful Giant Bugs that rock. In time, she learns to appreciate everything around her, including the Moor Animals and the helpful Fireflies. Add to that a good, healthy dose of caring, and what happens? The entire household - Colin, Martha and Archibald - begins to enjoy the return of health and happiness in a garden carefully tended, until it blossoms once more.
Codi Nicole Henson and Leore Riven are the tour directors for the MCT performance. Henson is ecstatic to tour with the theater and for the opportunity to share her love of theater with youth from all around the country. She is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in theater at Georgia College and State University, and she is a certified Zumba fitness instructor. Some of her favorite roles include Maria in "The Sound of Music," Evil Queen in "Snow White" and Violet in "Miss Electricity."
Riven also is thrilled to tour with the Missoula Children's Theatre. He is a graduate of Adelphi University in Garden City, Long Island, with a bachelor's degree in acting. Past credits include Mr. Klemper in "The Boys Next Door," Mr. Reed in "These Shining Lives" and Father in "The Gollum Cycles." Riven also made it to the finals in the Stage Directors & Choreographers competition at the 2014 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival where he directed a scene from "Red."
Throughout its 40-year existence, the Missoula Children's Theatre International Tour has fostered developmental life skills in more than a million children. Locally, children entering first through 12th grades auditioned July 28 then reported for daily rehearsals until curtain time Saturday.
For ticket information, call 304-455-2278.