In the Stage Right production, the role of Mary is triple-cast with each of the three girls, Grace Rusnica of Irwin and Julia Boyle and Carolyn Jerz of Greensburg, acting in one performance this weekend.
Carolyn Jerz, a home-schooled 11-year-old student, shares stage time in “The Secret Garden” with her father, Dennis Jerz, who portrays Ben Weatherstaff, the head gardener. It’s not the first time she has been in productions with her dad. She also has acted with two other members of her family, her mother, Leigh, and older brother Peter.
Carolyn says she has seen one of the movie versions of “The Secret Garden” and always thought it would be cool to play Mary.
“When she comes to the strange house and finds the garden, she uses it as her sanctuary when she needs to be by herself,” Carolyn says. One of her favorite songs that her character sings in the musical is the pretty tune, “The Girl I Mean to Be.” — TribLIVE.