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THE SECRET GARDEN – By Frances Hodgson Burnett (Children, Audio Theatre)





The Secret Garden, one of the most popular children’s stories of all time, comes to life in this magical audio theatre presentation featuring Golden Voice Barbara Rosenblat (from the original 1991 Tony Award-winning Broadway show) as Mrs. Medlock, Golden Voice Michael Crouch as Colin, ATC Seneca Award Nominee for Best Actress (Cinderella) Georgia Lee Schultz as Mary Lennox and   John Jarvis (Suits, TV Drama) as Ben Weatherstaff. Engaging sound effects and music enhance this full-cast dramatization.

Frances Hodgson Burnett introduces us to Mary Lennox, a spoiled and headstrong young girl sent to live with her uncle Archibald Craven at Misselthwaite Manor after her parents die from a cholera outbreak in India. At first, Mary is as sour and rude as ever. She dislikes her new home, the people living in it, and, most of all, the bleak moor on which it sits. However, Mary soon discovers an abandoned secret garden behind the gate in the manor. Slowly her ill health and attitude change when she meets Dickon, a local boy who has a way with animals, and sickly Colin. Together they transform the garden and become close friends, transforming each other in the process. The Secret Garden explores themes of rejuvenation, isolation, happiness, what it truly means to be weak or strong, and what truly makes a home.

The ATC Seneca Awards have released the list of Nominees for 2021. And we’re thrilled to have received three Nominations for our production of THE SECRET GARDEN in the following categories:
BEST LEADING ACTRESS: Georgia Lee Schultz for her role as Mary Lennox
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Barbara Rosenblat for her role as Mrs. Medlock

The Audio Theatre Central (ATC) Awards, based in Glendale, Arizona, is an annual awards show to recognize excellence in the world of family-friendly audio drama. The Awards broadcast aired on August 26, 2022.

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THE SECRET GARDEN was a Top 50 Performance audiobook on based on sales from their 1,800+ partner bookstore locations across the USA.


“Barbara Rosenblat, Michael Crouch, Georgia Lee Schultz, John Jarvis, and a full cast deliver an enchanting interpretation of Burnett’s beloved children’s story. After the death of her parents, spoiled, abrasive Mary is sent to live with her Uncle Archibald at Misselthwaite Manor in Yorkshire. With animated comments and apt characterizations, the cast of narrators describe how Mary discovers an abandoned secret garden and a host of unlikely friends, including plainspoken gardener Ben Weatherstaff, frail and demanding cousin Colin, and kind Dickon, who brings out the best in all living things. Engaging and well-placed sound effects–birdsong, pounding rain, footsteps on gravel–augment the production and create a full-bodied sense of place. This audiobook is a treasure and is sure to captivate listeners of all ages.”

AudioFile Magazine, on The Secret Garden

The Cast


Georgia Lee Schultz (Mary Lennox) St. Catharines, Ontario

An ATC Seneca Award nominee for Best Leading Actress (Cinderella, The Secret Garden) and has played the lead in Voices in the Wind Audio Theatre’s productions of Good Things Come, The Daycare Dash, Alice In Wonderland, Snow White, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and The Secret Garden.


Barbara Rosenblat (Mrs. Medlock) New York City

Barbara is one of the most awarded narrators in the business. Barbara was selected by AudioFile magazine as one of the Golden Voices of the Twentieth Century. She has received the prestigious Audie Award multiple times and has earned more than fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards. She has also appeared in Film, television, and theater, both in London’s West End and on Broadway.


Michael Crouch (Colin Craven) New York City

Michael Crouch is a New York City-based actor specializing in voiceover. His audiobook narration has earned Audie Awards, multiple Earphones Awards, and AudioFile Magazine’s Golden Voice Lifetime Achievement Honor. He can also be heard on national commercials, cartoons, video games, industrials, and the animé series Yu-Gi-Oh! and Pokémon.


John Jarvis (Ben Weatherstaff) Toronto, Ontario

John Jarvis is a Canadian stage and television actor who has delighted audiences with his performances at Toronto’s Soulpepper Theatre. Recent television and Film include Stockholm, Suits (Season 6 and 7), Star Trek, and Business Ethics.


LAURA VAN VEEN (Chatham, Ontario) as Martha
LIAM WIGNALL (Toronto) as Dickon
KEITH BURNETT (Chatham, Ontario) as Dr. Craven
BILL CRAVEN (Chatham, Ontario) as Mr. Craven
NOELLE DUPUIS (Huntsville, Ontario) as Mrs. Sowerby
JAN HOLT (Sarnia, Ontario) as Mrs. Crawford
PETE LUTZ (Texas) as the Colonel
JOHN BELL (Alabama) as the Sergeant, and
ELLEN WALLIN (Chicago) as the Schoolyard Bully


Released on AUDIBLE January 25, 2022

ADAPTED FOR AUDIO BY: Diane Vanden Hoven

DIRECTED BY: George Zarr

PUBLISHER: Design Sound Productions / Blackstone Publishing

Performance ©2021 Design Sound Productions / Voices in the Wind Audio Theatre and The First Noelle Productions

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