Stage Right’s “The Secret Garden”: Performing with My Talented Daughter


This weekend has been magical. Friday night my daughter opened as Mary Lennox in Stage Right’s professional production of “The Secret Garden.” Two other talented girls share the role. Carolyn has learned a lot from them during rehearsals, studying what the other Marys are really good at, and displaying her own strengths. The Marys have been scrupulously fair about who got to run each scene during rehearsals.

I played the head gardener, a character role that requires a thick Yorkshire dialect. (For the Yorkshire, I got a little coaching from cast member Alex Noble. In other Stage Right roles I’ve done a Scottish brogue, FDR’s upstate New York, and a comic Italian.)

Here are some photos from the dress rehearsal.