Monday, November 16, 2009


I didn't get to post this over the weekend and I really wanted to get this in here. Because it was very special!The other evening Iggie and I went to see The Secret Garden out at the John Cooper School in The Woodlands.... Our invitation came from our special Miss Ann.... She's the leader of our homeschool group and her son Ben, 14, was involved in the technical part of the play. He's very into lighting and scenery and what not and had worked with his older brother, Trey, who's in college doing other plays around town at the colleges around Houston mostly, I think. Anyway.... She called and invited us. We made it an evening and went out to dinner with her husband, Darwin (I think I'm right, tho.... Gona call him Darlin' 'cause he is such a sweet guy!) ... a bit if an extension to my SURPRISE , more for my birthday...... see earlier post.........................
I remember reading The Secret Garden when I was young and I loved it and it's a favorite of Iggie's.
I'm not a musical person.... I mean, I've never seen The Sound Of Music or Oklahoma or Phantom Of The Opera or anything similar.... I don't like musicals! I've tried but ... nope, I can't do them.
But these kids.... all from the school, were fabulous. The sounds from the orchestra were wonderful and the actors were fabulous! All of them and and WHAT SINGING VOICES! They're just jr high and highschool kids!

Based on the 1909 novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, "The Secret Garden" is a timeless classic tale of an orphaned girl brought to a Yorkshire mansion on the edge of a vast, lonely moor.The school decided to 'twist' things a little and turned it into a musical. "This is a dramatic musical and a piece of classic literature set to music," What makes this production different is there will be no curtains or blackouts between scenes. The manor house Lennox comes to live at will and remain in the backdrop throughout the performance as scenes transition.
Lennox is an orphan sent to live with her dour Uncle Archibald, played by senior Ranjeet Paul.Lennox befriends Archibald’s son Colin, played by sophomore Annabelle Cousins, as well as servants of the manor Martha, played by Emily Jacobson, Dickon, played by Alex Novak, and Ben, played by Holden Tikkanen. Lily, the spirit of Archibald’s widow, played by Angie Lopez-Videla, is present throughout the show to share the importance of compassion, caring and looking beyond the superficial.Also cast in lead roles are Nisha Balsara as Rose, Cody Guinn as Craven, Mark Farley as Albert, Margie McGregor as Medlock, Caitlin O’Neill as Winthrop, Ben Shapiro as Lt. Wright, Michael Taylor as Lt. Shaw, Alessandro Portela as Major Holmes, Caitlin Finnie as Claire Holmes, Caitlin Lashier as Alice, Cory Guinn as Major Shelley, Meredith Bechtel as Mrs. Shelley, Paige Gill as Ayah and Meghan Reddy, Srikar Vidala and Yarlini Vipulanandan, who all play Faikir.Set construction began last summer, with the additional expertise of Ben Gilmore, Tiffany Chen and scenic artist Rod Flower, according to the school press release. I don't have any pictures of the scenery but it was soooo AMAZING!

GREAT JOB BEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  1. Hi Jennifer,
    Well this sounds like something wonderful. I LOVE musicals and I LOVE 'The Secret Garden', what an awesome combination.
    Thank you for your sweet visit.

  2. Hello, Jennifer!
    Thank you for your kind comment on my blog. I have posted about 10 times since August, so I don't know why they are not showing up for you?!
    Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Hi Jennifer,

    This is one of my all time favorite stories. I'm so glad you enjoyed the performance.