Nazareth College’s Department of Theatre and Dance will be performing the musical The Secret Garden from April 10-22nd in the Arts Center’s Callahan Theater under the direction of Lindsay Reading Korth. The Theatre Department has focused on providing its audiences with renditions of literary classics this season, starting with Antigone, Macbeth, and now The Secret Garden. The Secret Garden excites, frightens, and moves the audience through the story of a girl Mary from India, whose parents have died, and has to move in with her uncle in England. Mary is alone in England until she makes friends with the housekeepers, and with the ghosts in the secret garden. Reading Korth’s direction pulls off a compelling retelling of the tale. Not in recent memory has a Nazareth musical had such fine vocal or instrumental quality (led by Music Theatre professor Corrine Aquilina), or stunning choreography (led by Dance professor Heather Roffe). The quality of the performances promise to leave the audience with goosebumps and chills down their spine – not only because it is a ghost story, but because of the awe-inspiring talent of the performers. While some technical elements appear lack luster in what is supposed to be an enchanted garden, the actors compensate for that by conveying their own sense of magic onstage. This show is not one to be missed, and is the last show of the season for the Theatre and Dance Department. Performances run this Friday and Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 2pm, and the following weekend on Friday and Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm. Tickets are free for Nazareth students with their college ID. The department recently announced its shows for the 2015-2016 season, Titanic: The Musical (Page to Stage production during Welcome Week), The Beaux Stratagem, Floyd Collins, Tribes, and Grease.
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