Bright Star brings ‘Secret Garden’ to local audiences

From staff reportsAugust 6, 2013 

— Bright Star Touring Theater presented “The Secret Garden” last week at the York Public Library and other libraries in Clover, Lake Wylie, Rock Hill and Fort Mill.

The play was a celebration of the county library system’s annual Summer Reading Program and ties into this year’s program theme, “Dig Into Reading.”

The 45-minute adaptation of the classic children’s book follows the story of Mary Lenox, who is sent to live with her uncle in a dreary mansion.

With some friends, Mary finds a secret garden and works to bring it back to life, bringing happiness to her own life in the process.

The play is intended to teach young audiences about kindness and friendship and about strengthening the human spirit.

The theater’s adaptation includes humor and audience interaction. At the end of the show, audience members helped plant seeds, magically bringing the garden back to life.

Bright Star Theater is a group of professional actors who present shows at libraries, schools and museums nationwide.

Members are regular guests at the National Theatre in Washington, D.C., and the troupe will be visiting the U.S. Embassy in Moscow in fall.

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