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Clarke Music Department to Present 'The Secret Garden'

posted on January 12, 2006

The Clarke College Music Department will present the musical “The Secret Garden” from Friday, Feb. 3, through Sunday, Feb. 5, in Jansen Music Hall on the Clarke campus. Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $8 for students. Tickets can be reserved by calling (563)584-8642 weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m..

Based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, “The Secret Garden” tells the story of Mary Lennox, a lonely little girl who is sent to live with her uncle in Yorkshire after being orphaned by a cholera epidemic in India. Still grieving over the loss of his wife who died 10 years earlier during child birth, and distraught over the condition of his bedridden son, Archibald casts a dark shadow over the manor until Mary discovers a secret garden that had once belonged to Lily. By nursing this garden back to life, Mary somehow restores life to her grieving uncle and his sick son.

Students cast members for the show include: Matthew Beaves, of Dubuque, Iowa; Mandy Brant, of Cuba City, Wis.; Valerie Heitzman, of Dubuque, Iowa; Erin Kane, of Dubuque, Iowa; Chris Kruse, of Coal Valley, Ill.; Mike Link, of Balltown, Iowa; Callie Mescher, of Cascade, Iowa; Sean Mooney, of Galesburg, Ill.; Colin Muenster, of Davenport, Iowa; Emily Nelson, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Catherine Pirrello, of Round Lake Park, Ill.; Abby Schultz, of Dubuque, Iowa; and Megan Swenson, of Blanchardville, Wis.

The cast will also include a number of guest performers, including: Daniel Ellis, Sarah Ellis, James Enzler, Jim Lease, Matt Zanger. Area children featured in the show include: Josie Martin, Madison Mond, Nathan Riley, Jade Romania, Danny Zanger and Jack Zanger.

The show is directed by Clarke Associate Professor of Music John Lease and co-directed by Jill Klinebriel, an accompanist in Clarke’s music department. Nancy Lease, Clarke assistant professor of music, is the musical director and keyboardist for the show. Brandon Pape from Loyola College is assisting with set design.

For more information, contact the Clarke College Public Relations Office at (563)588-6318.

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