More than 50 Lincoln Elementary students presented an original musical adaptation of “The Secret Garden” on Jan. 12 with the Missoula Children’s Theatre.
“The Secret Garden” is a joyful retelling of a story of hope, celebration and all good things in life. Mistress Mary Lennox embarks on a journey from India to her uncle’s home in England. Along the way, she makes friends with the hilarious Canadian Geese and the colorful Giant Bugs that Rock.
In time, she learns to appreciate everything around her, including the Moor Animals and the helpful Fireflies. Add to that a good healthy dose of caring, and what happens? Colin, Martha, Archibald — well, the whole household — begin to enjoy the return of health and happiness in a garden carefully tended … until it blossoms once more.
Playing the title character of Mary Lennox was student Zoe Sandbak. Additional characters included Sydnie Aldrich as Martha Sowerby, Lucas Carranza as Dickon Sowerby, Trinity Tolliver as Susan Sowerby, Gabriel Sanchez as Colin Craven, Shadae Wallin as Ayah/Bilge Rat/Captain, Kylah Hankins as Mrs. Medlock, Julio Velazquez as Doctor Craven, Cyphar Hay as Ben Weatherstaff and Mandy McCallum-Clark as Robin Redbreast.
The Bugs that Rock were Cameron Coleman, Trent Kruckenberg, Dominic Reid, Brianna Rodriguez, Weston Schwilke, Jesse Ward and Obadiah Young.
Aurora Carranza, Alyssa Ferguson, Sierra Hartley, Sophia Hernandez, Averi Hunsaker, Karissa Murie, Serenity Scott, Shoshana Stevenson, Malea Williams and Kaylee Wines played the Canadian Geese.
Appearing as the Moor Folk were Samantha Arriaga, Marvin Espinoza, Aurora Feerer, Diana Morales, Christiana Spurrier and Lexus Wilson.
Kaitlyn Bonner, Emma Ewald, Elisa Fuentes, Soraya Martinez, Amara Mitchell, Citlaly Munoz, MacKenzie Porter, Kenia Rios and Karino Romero played the Fireflies.
Mark Aldrich, Jocelyn Espinoza Garcia, Julian Hernandez, Carlos Martinez, Andrea Morales Sanchez, Angel Mota, Juana Mota, Emma Sabo, Ava Sawin, Carter Scott, Jennica Swope, Natayla Taito and Lili Williams performed the roles of the Secret Garden. Isela Fajardo and Mackenzie Williams served as assistant directors throughout the week.
The Missoula Children’s Theater residency in Wenatchee — an annual tradition — was arranged by the Lincoln Elementary Parent-Teacher Association with support from Town Ford Lincoln, North Cascades National Bank, McDonalds, Biancas Convenience Store and Apple Valley Printers.
Joy McCallum-Clark is the volunteer theater coordinator for the Lincoln Elementary Parent-Teacher Association.