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Sterling students bring Garden to life
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The Irish gardener Dickon, played by Kyler Comley, explains to Mary Lennox, played by Mia Stinemetz, what the meaning of the word Wick is in one of the most rousing tunes from the musical The Secret Garden to be presented this weekend at Sterling High School Theatre.

The Irish term “wick” refers to something that appears lifeless but in fact has a spark of life within it. “Wick” also happens to be one of the most rousing, upbeat songs in the Broadway musical “The Secret Garden” which Sterling High School Theatre will present at 7:30 p.m. this Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 10, 11 and 12, in the school’s theatre.
“‘Wick’ describes this show pretty well, too,” says Director Betsy Dutton. “This is a complex show with intricate music, strong characters and a dark, gloomy atmosphere. Our challenge is bringing life to it so our audiences can be swept away in the story of this young girl bringing life to others.”
Known for its rich musical score and beautiful melodies, “The Secret Garden” has music by Lucy Simon and lyrics and book by Marsha Norman. It is an enchanting musical based on the classic 1911 novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Set in the early years of the 20th century, the story centers on Mary Lennox, an orphan who is sent to England to live with her reclusive Uncle Archibald on his mysterious estate. Beckoned by haunting melodies, Mary is drawn to uncover her Aunt Lily’s magic garden and the secrets within. The show is a story of enduring love and the power of imagination.
Tickets for the Sterling High School Theatre production of the musical The Secret Garden are $7 for adults and $4 for students and will be available at the door before each performance.