Submitted by Journey Theater
The Secret Garden opens with a somber scene: young Mary Lennox awakens to find that everyone she knows in her home in India has died of cholera. The cast and crew, consisting of 79 local youth, have been tirelessly preparing to bring this show to the stage for over two months. On March 13, the scheduled opening night, they learned that the show could not go on as planned, because of restrictions put in place as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Many of the cast, crew, parents and Artistic Team gathered Friday night for a time of reflection and encouragement in the home of Director, Beka Hardt. While brokenhearted, they found joy in sharing about the rehearsal process and what they learned along the way. Through the course of The Secret Garden, Mary Lennox finds hope and purpose after a season of pain. We trust the same will be true for each of those who have poured their time, talent and energy into this show for the past two months, and for our community as a whole.
About Journey Theater
Journey is a Christ-centered theater arts program that exists to grow youth and their families in character and purpose to be difference-makers in their world. Throughout the Portland/Vancouver area, Journey offers dozens of classes for ages 6-18, in drama, dance, voice and more. In addition, we produce Broadway-style shows in four locations during the school year, improv competitions, multiple summer camps and professional-level community theater musicals for all ages in summer. Journey is a nonprofit educational organization, with offices located at 1400 NE 136th Ave, Suite 201, Vancouver WA, 98684. www.journeytheater.org.