Theatre star’s lat­est role a big Se­cret

Southern Telegraph - - Telegraph News -

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.

Pic­ture: Melville Theatre Com­pany

Christie McGar­rity

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