Theatre star’s latest role a big Secret
Madora Bay resident Christie McGarrity, a Year 9 Mandurah Baptist College student, is set to blossom in the enchanting musical The Secret Garden at Melville Theatre this winter.
Written by Pulitzer Prize-winner Marsha Norman and Lucy Simon and directed by husbandand-wife team Katherine and Justin Freind, it is based on the beloved classic children’s novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett.
A compelling tale of forgiveness and hope, The Secret Garden reveals even the cruellest of environments can burst with new life.
“Mary Lennox starts out as quite a grumpy, spoilt child who is given everything she wants and more,” Christie said.
“You could even call her a spoilt brat. As the show progresses, she begins to learn a little bit more about love and respect and starts to become more humbler and loving.”
Involved in theatre for the past eight years, Christie has appeared in more than 15 shows with Mandurah Little Theatre, Koorliny Arts Centre, Primadonna Productions, Australian Performing Arts Network, Roleystone Theatre and Mandurah Baptist College.
She has been a support act for Mental as Anything, Boom Crash Opera, Pseudo Echo and Jon Stevens, and shared the stage with Lucy Durack, Todd McKenney and Rhonda Burchmore.
The 14-year-old has also twice been nominated for best youth in a musical at the annual Finley Awards.
The Secret Garden plays at 8pm on June 30, July 1,6,7,8, 13, 14 and 15 with a 2pm matinee July 9. Tickets are $25, $20 concession – book on 9330 4565 or www.meltheco.org.au.