Secret Garden is a mystical production
Published: Thursday, June 26th, 2014
It was magical. It was mesmerizing. It was mystical.
And that was just the first act.
The Black Hills Playhouse went for a repeat in success this season, bringing the classic children’s story “The Secret Garden” to life. And boy, did they deliver.
The Secret Garden opens with Mary Lennox (Tori Glazier), a 10-year-old English girl living in India, dreaming nursery rhymes and Hindi chants. After waking up, she learns that her parents and nearly everyone she knows has died of cholera. She is found by survivors of the outbreak and sent to England to live with her uncle, Archibald Craven (Matt Nesmith), whom she has never met.
In the first act of the play, Mary adjusts to her new life in England, meeting her uncle, who still mourns his dead wife, Lily (Emily Cherry, who has quite the set of pipes on her!), and his brother, Dr. Neville Craven (Clayton Gerrard) and the servants. Mary later finds out that the house is haunted by ghosts and spirits of Archibald and Mary’s pasts, such as Lily, Mary’s parents, officers from India and Mary’s Ayah (nanny). Mary’s chambermaid, Martha (Cecilia Quintero), encourages her to play on the moorland and in the garden. Mary soon learns of the secret garden Lily had and sets out to find it. While trying to find the garden, Mary uncovers more secrets in the Craven home.
In the second act, Mary and others must confront the ghosts of their pasts in order to find happiness and a better life. And as far as Mary finding the garden, well, you’re going to have to see that for yourself.
In her debut on the Black Hills Playhouse stage, Tori Glazier is, simply put, brilliant as Mary Lennox. She’s bratty, she’s encouraging. She’s immature, she’s thoughtful. She’s spoiled, she’s forgiving. No, she’s not bi-polar, just a typical 10-year-old girl. And Glazier plays it all with ease. She perfectly channeled her energy into the role, making me laugh with her witty remarks and cry over her vulnerability. And if that’s not enough, she even sang while skipping rope — that’s some talent right there! Something tells me this won’t be the first time we see Glazier on the stage.
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