The Secret Garden comes to River Run Dec. 17 to 20

The Secret Garden is a family play based on the much loved children’s novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

In 1911, 10 year old Mary is orphaned in colonial India and subsequently shipped to Eng­land. Spoiled and stubborn, she seems ill-equipped to survive orphanhood and culture shock.

But as the tale of transfor­mation unfolds, she forms un­likely friendships with a gentle moor child (Dickon Sowerby) and a tyrannical invalid (Colin Craven). Together they pry into the forbidden past, collaborate to keep a momentous secret, and wage a comically creative war against insensitive adults.

The show is at the River Run Centre on Dec. 17 and 18 at 7:30pm, Dec. 19 and 20 at 2 and 7:30pm.

Three Centre Wellington Township children are in the show.

Logan Bennett, 13, a grade 8 student at Elora Public School, plays Colin Craven. He played a young Stompin’ Tom Connors with the Drayton Festival Theatre in The Ballad of Stompin’ Tom Connors and was also in Aladdin with the Guelph Little Theatre in 2008.

Kaitlyn Coffey, 15, is in grade 10 at Centre Wellington District High School and plays part of Martha Sowerby, Mary’s maid. She has been in several plays in the Fergus area through the Elora Community Theatre, On The Spot Productions, as well as the Centre Wellington Children’s Drama Group, and was also in Aladdin in 2008.

 Kyle Coffey,13, and in grade 8 at Elora Public School, plays Dickon Sowerby, Mary and Colin’s friend. He has been in several plays in the fergus area through the Elora com­munity Theatre, On the Spot Productions as well as the Centre Wellington Children’s Drama Group. He played  The Cat in Puss and Mukluks in 2007 and Kurt in The Sound of Music, RCMP Productions in Guelph.

 The Sunday evening show is a special pay-what-you-can first come first served basis (no pre-orders) with a minimum of $5 per ticket.

All other tickets are: $25, for adults, $20 for seniors and $10 for children.

As a special offer, buy one adult ticket and one student ticket and get a second student ticket free. Call the box office to order (the special offer is not available online) at 519-763-3000.