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Voice of the Soul, Music of the Heart

Thanks, Oshawa Little Theatre

Posted by on Feb 22, 2014 in Voice of the Spirit |

Thanks, Oshawa Little Theatre

Secret Garden Musical Image

Thanks Oshawa Little Theatre!

Last Sunday night we had the great privilege of being invited to lead a workshop with the cast and crew of The Secret Garden being presented March 27 through April 12 by Oshawa Little Theatre. What a warm welcome and such active participation. Truly a delight for us!

In this story, an estate’s garden is locked by its owner, Archibald Craven, as an expression of his inconsolable grief over the loss of his wife, Lily. The image of this locked garden expresses how the garden of the hearts of all the characters in this play are somehow also locked or unable to love, be loved, and even be lovable. The arrival of Mary Lennox, the orphaned niece of Archie, sets in motion a process of healing and renewal whereby the outer estate garden and the inner garden of the hearts of all the characters is gradually opened to new life.

This story, presented in its musical form, is enriched by the beauty of the music contained in it. The story suggests that, despite difficult losses, it is important for all of us to struggle to keep open, to cultivate, and to share with one another, the secret garden of our own hearts.

We were invited in this workshop to offer images, stories and reflections that would help the cast find deeper meaning and expression for their roles in this play. Through the articulation of these experiences and thoughts, it becomes clear that The Secret Garden is a play of considerable depth and multiple layers of feeling that help us not only to name the life experiences of the characters in this story, but also to name our own life experiences and feelings as well.

In The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett has created a modern day folk tale that speaks to a universal timeless story whose characters represent pieces of all of our stories.

At the end of the workshop, the cast treated us to beautiful singing of some pieces from the musical. What a treat that was!

This is a cast who is doing some real soul work on character development and is going to create a spectacular production. Book tickets through their website:oshawalittletheatre.com to experience OLT’s The Secret Garden if you are in the area!