Presented by Outcry Youth Theatre
It was a first-time experience for our hard-working critic, Mila Vincent, 5, with The Secret Garden, the Marsha Norman and Lucy Simon Broadway musical adapted from the book by Frances Hodgson Burnett. It was also her first time to see a show by Outcry Youth Theatre and to be at the Addison Theatre Centre in Addison.
Mila made sure she wore a dress with flowers for the occasion because it is, after all, a show about a garden, and while the play might seem long for some five-year-olds, Mila’s grandmother and co-critic, Johannah Luza, say they were both riveted.
Where: Studio Theatre at Addison Theatre Centre | 15650 Addison Rd., Addison
When: Through Sun. Jan. 26
Mila: I liked this theatre because everyone was so nice and it was small so we could see everything. The play was a story from the old days, and I learned that kids didn’t have all the toys kids have today, so they did different things for fun like jump rope and played outside more. Mary’s mama and daddy died from a disease, and she was very sad and sometimes threw temper tantrums. My grandma said sometimes when people are sad, they get angry too. My favorite part was when the boy in the wheelchair learned to walk at the end. Everybody in the play got happy, even Mary!
Johannah: This play brought back my memories of the poem I used to say as a child about “Mary, Mary, quite contrary…” I was amazed at how well the actors spoke with an “English” accent. They were all middle and high school students and did a fantastic job! It was longer than other plays we’ve seen but kept the attention of five-year-old Mila the entire time. The production brought out a lot of emotions, and it was a good time after the play to discuss them with the children. The Addison Outcry Youth Theatre focuses on developing stellar performances, and this production certainly hit the mark!