By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: Recreation/Leisure | Issue: April 2012
Shelby Giesler, who plays Emma, and Kelly Larson, who plays Martha, have fun during rehearsals for “The Secret Garden.”
Owasso Community Theatre Company (OCTC) is proud to announce that their spring show will be a charming musical adaptation of “The Secret Garden,” the classic novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, with script by Tim Kelly and words and music by Bill Francoeur. “The Secret Garden” shares a beautiful story of friendship and will be presented April 12-14 at Stone Canyon Elementary School, located at 7305 N. 177th E. Ave. in Owasso.
“We had a wonderful response for auditions, with almost 70 talented people auditioning,” says Kay Neldon of OCTC. “Sadly, the Stone Canyon Elementary stage is not large enough to display all the talented actors and actresses that were interested in participating, which required our directing staff to make some tough decisions. Thank you and kudos to all who were courageous enough to share their talent at auditions!”
Rehearsals are now in full swing, as the cast is busy learning songs, choreography and their lines for the spring musical. “Our cast of 18 includes OCTC veterans and several who are talented but new to OCTC; ages range from 11 years old and up,” says Kay.
Terry Grufik is directing, with Danni Pawley as choreographer and Amy Mitchell as music director. The directing staff works side by side to lead the cast in music, dance, and acting to bring Victorian-era England to Owasso. Set and costume design and construction will transform the Stone Canyon Elementary stage into a gloomy mansion on a large estate (which includes many secrets to be discovered). The complete cast list is available online at www.octok.org. You can also find the Owasso Community Theatre Company on Facebook.
Rehearsals are under way for “The Secret Garden” presented by Owasso Community Theatre Company.
Performances of “The Secret Garden” will be held at Stone Creek Elementary School. Dates and times are April 12-14: Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m., and Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Sheryl Sowell was born and raised in Tulsa, OK. She graduated from Will Rogers High School and received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Northeastern State University in 2007. She has worked for Value News as editor, writer and advertising copywriter since 2008. She enjoys meeting and interviewing people for Value News articles, learning about their backgrounds, and helping to promote their businesses and local events. In her free time, she enjoys reading, trying new recipes and crafts from Pinterest, attending concerts and sporting events, and spending time with family and friends. Sheryl lives in Tulsa with her fiancé Paul, their daughter Scarlett, and their two dogs, Gunner and Boo.