“The Secret Backyard” taking stage at Jefferson Middle

ByLouise McGinnis

Oct 9, 2022

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) -The e book “The Secret Backyard” helped generations of readers discover ways to address loss by the eyes of Mary Lennox. Now it’s a musical manufacturing being placed on by Virginia Kids’s Theatre October 7 and eight.

“It is a story of life. It’s a narrative of the circle of life. It’s love. It’s loss. It’s grief and it’s inspiration. It’s all these issues that we undergo each day,” says Virginia Kids’s Theatre Producing Creative Director Brett Roden.

Virginia Kids’s Theatre veteran Campbell Duff brings the character of Mary to life on stage.

“Mary is that this younger lady. I imagine within the e book, she’s 10. She resides in India, and her dad and mom die of cholera, so she has to go transfer to stay along with her uncle, Archibald,” says Duff.

From there, she meets different members of the family, whereas coping with her grief.

Duff says to arrange for the emotional position, she seemed deep inside herself.

“Her dad and mom died. That’s one thing I’ve by no means needed to cope with, and that’s exhausting. Loss is de facto actually exhausting. So, simply pulling from that after which pulling from unhappiness that I’ve skilled in my life could be very highly effective on stage,” says Duff.

For director Liz Piccoli, there have been some challenges bringing the beloved youngsters’s story to stay theatre.

“Attempting to get the forged into the notion, okay, I’m the flower. I’m the wind. I’m all these pure parts. I believe that was a problem, however a unbelievable inventive problem. That swap into that magical actuality. It gave me chills each time,” says Piccoli.

What could give the viewers chills, is seeing this timeless story depicted with the backdrop of a phenomenal set and a stay orchestra.

”Include an open thoughts. And have a look at the present as a complete. And have a look at every character and spot how wonderful each single actor within the present is,” says Duff.

Click on right here for a hyperlink to purchase tickets.