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Milligan College unlocks 'The Secret Garden'

October 18th, 2011 7:12 pm by staff report

Milligan College will bring to life an enchanting classic of children’s literature when it presents “The Secret Garden” as part of its Homecoming festivities later this month.

Performances of the magical musical, open to the public, will be held at 7 p.m., Oct. 28 and 29 and at 2:30 p.m., Oct. 30 in the McGlothlin-Street Theatre in Milligan’s Gregory Center for the Liberal Arts.

General admission is $10; admission for patrons 62 and older is $8; and student tickets are $5.

Based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, “The Secret Garden” transports audiences to the world of Mary Lennox, a young orphan sent to England to live with her reclusive uncle and his household staff after the death of her parents. At the lonely manor house, Mary discovers a walled garden and releases the magic and adventure locked inside.

“This is a beautiful and tender story of hope and forgiveness, retold in a most charming and lyrical way,” said the play’s director, Dennis Elkins, professor of the practice of theater and humanities at Milligan.

“The Secret Garden” is produced by Richard Major, professor of theater, with scenic and lighting design by Pamela Adolphi. Charlotte Anderson, assistant professor of the practice of music, will serve as vocal director, and Kellie Brown, associate professor of music, as conductor. Melanie Yodkins, a 2010 Milligan graduate, is the stage manager. She is assisted by 2010 Milligan alumna Heather Knudtsen.

Bringing the audience along on the journey into the magical garden is Carshala Davis, in the role of Mary Lennox. Davis is a junior psychology major from Memphis.

Brennan Seth Tracy, a senior fine arts major from Oblong, Ill., portrays Mary’s uncle, Archibald Craven, Lord of Misselthwaite. Mary’s ghostly Aunt Lily is played by Lauren Holt, a junior from Morristown.

Other members of the Milligan community performing in “The Secret Garden” include: senior Daniel Banks and freshman Haley Wolfe, both of Elizabethton; junior Caitlin Brock of Jonesborough; freshman Christopher Boswell of Johnson City; sophomore Ian Burt of Madison, Va.; freshman Darcie DeLong, senior John Meding and junior Lindsey Meding, all of Indianapolis; freshman Adam Derrick of Boone, N.C.; Tim Dillon, professor of history and humanities; Anne Elliott, assistant professor of the practice of music; freshman Megan Guerra of Paoli, Ind.; sophomore Shae Judge of Fort Meade, Md.; sophomore Jonathan Mehl of Parsonsfield, Maine; sophomore Danielle Moore of Unicoi; 2010 Milligan alumnus Dan Ott; sophomore Matt Rees of Redford, Mich.; and senior Corri Richardson of Kingsport.

In addition, several members of the local community are featured, including Meghan Creasy, Kimberly Lundin and Michael Martin of Johnson City, and Marcia Ross of Elizabethton.

For tickets, visit the Milligan College Bookstore, open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, or call (423) 461-8733. For more on other arts events at Milligan, visit

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