2021 Summer Season - AUDITION SCHEDULE

"The Secret Garden"

Company OnStage is (DEEP BREATH) holding auditions for our 2021 return to theatrical production! We’ve been in lockdown since approximately March 18, 2020 and we are now ready to get back to doing what we love, albeit securely, and with the utmost safety of our volunteers, theater artists, and audiences as a priority. To that end we are holding auditions for “The Secret Garden,” adapted by Thomas Olsen, based on the story by Frances Hodgson Burnett. This production is a part of our Young Audience Series, and is a full length production of about two hours. Auditions will be held on Sunday and Monday, May 2nd and 3rd, 2021, by appointment only to ensure controlled social distancing, and in our performance space located at 4930 West Bellfort, Houston, Texas 77035. We are located on the campus of Salem Lutheran Church.

The link to schedule your audition is via Sign Up Genius here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080C4CAAAA29AB9-thesecret

Please fill out an audition form before arriving for your reading and bring it along with a headshot and a resume if you have them. 

Video submissions will also be accepted. Please contact Kathryn Noser at noser96@hotmail.com

Masks will be required for everyone who enters the building, and we strongly suggest any performers age 18+ to be vaccinated by the time rehearsals begin on or around May 24th to ensure the health and safety of all involved in this production. Auditions consist of cold readings from the scripts and there are no prepared monologues.



Story by: Frances Hodgson Burnett; Adapted by: Thomas Olsen
Directed by: Kathryn Noser
Produced by special arrangement with Plays for Young Audiences

Performance Dates: July 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, 31, Aug. 1, 2021, Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 p.m.
Audition Dates: Sunday and Monday, May 2 and 3, 2021
Rehearsals on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 7:00 p.m.; additional if needed, beginning May 24, 2021
Move in Date: immediate
Strike Date: August 1, 2021


We have roles available for female and male actors of any ethnicity, ages 10 - 99. Actors will be asked to perform cold readings from the script. Please bring your best British and/or Yorkshire accents with you.

- Mrs. Medlock F 50+ runs the household at Misselthwaite Manor - very strict and proper
- Mary F 10-13 a sour young orphan who has lost everything she knows and has been sent to live with an uncle she has never met - lonely, unloved
- Mr. Pitcher M 50+ Personal Attendant to Archibald Craven - loyal, proper
- Martha F 15-20s Friendly housemaid at Misselthwaite Manor, befriends Mary, Dickon's Sister, a joyful spirit
- Dickon M teen Martha's brother, befriends Mary, a little magical - speaks to animals, spends most of his time on the Moor, a free spirit
- Colin M 10-13 a fragile, but spoiled, boy who has spent his life in bed, believes he is dying - unhappy, lonely
- Ben Weatherstaff M 50+ a hardworking gardener, loyal to the memory of the late Lily Craven - a secret keeper
- Archibald Craven M 30s-40s Mary's Uncle, Lord of Misselthwaite Manor, he is weighed down by grief & cannot overcome his grief to care for his son - a lost spirit
- Betty F any a flighty housemaid who attends to Colin
- AYAH F teen - adult VOICE OVER ONLY - Mary's Indian servant whose voice is heard in a dream sequence
- MRS LENNOX F adult VOICE OVER ONLY - Mary's mother whose voice is heard in a dream sequence
- COLONEL any adult VOICE OVER ONLY - One of the soldiers who discovers Mary in India whose voice is heard in a dream sequence
- OFFICER any any VOICE OVER ONLY - One of the soldiers who discovers Mary in India whose voice is heard in a dream sequence
- CHILDREN any youth VOICE OVER ONLY - mocking voices heard in a dream sequence

A dark spell of sorrow and mystery hovers in the air as the young orphan, Mary Lennox, arrives at Misselthwaite Manor, the Yorkshire estate of her uncle Archibald Craven. The desolation of the surrounding moors, the puzzling reticence of the servants, and the grim demeanor of her uncle provide a less than warm welcome for the spoiled, friendless child. Left to her own devices, Mary takes to exploring the grounds and comes upon a walled garden, locked for over ten years. One day, a friendly robin helps Mary discover the key. Once inside, she finds what must have been the most beautiful garden in all of England. Now though, weeds grow where roses once bloomed. Mary decides that this place will be her secret refuge and she begins to tend the garden alone. Inside the manor, another secret lurks. At night, strange, haunting sounds echo down the empty corridors – is it the wind howling or a child crying? This mystery is so deep that it will take all Mary’s determination and courage to solve it.