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The Waldo Theatre's 'The Secret Garden'
James Merrifield (Archibauld Craven), Laura Whitney (Lily Craven), Heidi Kopishke (Ayah), Meredith Batley (Martha) and Sarah Duggan (Alice) and Erin Chenard (Rose Lennox) in the Waldo Theatre's production of
James Merrifield (Archibauld Craven), Laura Whitney (Lily Craven), Heidi Kopishke (Ayah), Meredith Batley (Martha) and Sarah Duggan (Alice) and Erin Chenard (Rose Lennox) in the Waldo Theatre's production of "The Secret Garden."

Making a garden grow at the Waldo Theatre is the task taken on by cast and crew of this summer's musical production, "The Secret Garden."

Piece by piece, sets, costumes and lighting have been designed and created. A trip to the local hardware store provided raw materials for the garden walls. Volunteers arrived, got their hands wet and built the walls in a few short hours. They look heavy but are light and can be moved a lot easier than their stone counterparts.

The poster design for the show brings history with it. The design by Nicole Olivier was originally created from director Sue Ghoreyeb's earlier production of "The Secret Garden" with Lincoln County Community Theater in 1997.

It has been reworked for this production and will be seen onstage, along with a set piece, also designed by Olivier from the previous production.

Costumes have been borrowed from Boothbay Playhouse, Heartwood Regional Theatre, and Ghoreyeb's personal collection and combined with those from the Waldo Theatre's own costume stores to create the look of Edwardian England, circa 1911.

This era is a specialty of director/costumer Ghoreyeb's whose collection has grown over the years. With many "dreamers" in white, the backgrounds must provide contrast for the ghostly figures. Costumer Daryl Hahn of Thomaston is working on a newly designed costume for Laura Whitney (Lily Craven).

Local lighting talents, Rory Craib and Jim Buckingham have worked to create an atmosphere fitting for ghosts and living characters in which to exist.

To complete a total theatrical look, both Shelley's Flowers and Burnham's Bloomers, both of Waldoboro, are providing arrangements to decorate the theater itself.

"The plan is to have wonderful flowering plants all over the lobby and the exterior," said Burnham's Bloomers owner, Diane Burnham. In addition, she has planted a special pot to be raffled off to benefit "The Amazing Noah Jones."

Jones has worked with Ghoreyeb in Winter Drama Adventure productions at Great Salt Bay School and was onstage at the Waldo Theatre for "Little Shop of Horrors." He was recently diagnosed with leukemia and there will be a community event on July 13th to raise funds for his treatment and family.

"Noah is a part of my theater family," said Ghoreyeb, "and this play is life-affirming, a story of hope. We decided that helping out in this small way would involve Noah and the Jones family in the spirit of the play."

"The Secret Garden" is produced by special arrangement with Samuel French Inc. and features besides director Ghoreyeb with Aaron Robinson, the musical will be accompanied by an orchestra, conducted by Sean Fleming.

Only five performances are scheduled July 26, 27, Aug. 2, 3 at 7:30 p.m., and one matinee on Aug. 4 at 2 p.m.

Tickets may be reserved by calling the Waldo Theatre at 832-6060 and are priced at $10 for children under 12, $12 for seniors and $15 for adults. Tickets will also be available at the Community Pharmacy in Waldoboro and Maine Coast Book Shop & Café in Damariscotta.

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