Show speaks well for future of local theatre in our area

The Secret Garden, which closes out a seven-performance run at the Imperial Theatre, demonstrates in full force the future of Theatre Sarnia for cultivating and showcasing local talent.

The drama, which is adapted by Tim Kelly and based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, is a perfect opportunity for a younger cast, mixed in with a smattering of adult performers, to shine.

And so it did.

Esme Brown demonstrated a supremely capable showing as Mary Lennox, the girl transplanted from India to her uncle's mammoth estate in Yorkshire, England. where the play/novel is set.

Directed by John L'Heureux, The Secret Garden is a two-act play with a 15-minute intermission, and the Theatre Sarnia production crew, including co-producers Marney Austen and Jane Janes, did it justice.

With Shauna Nelles as Mrs. Medlock, mother of a brood of youngsters who are in service to Gordon Walkling's Archibald Craven, the play brings opportunity for a new generation of Theatre Sarnia players to progress in their community theatre career.

If you haven't yet seen the play, tonight (Saturday, Nov. 17) will be your last chance this season. 


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