Assabet Valley Senior Featured in Framingham Musical
Framingham’s Amazing Things Arts Center presents the well-loved musical The Secret Garden, by composer Lucy Simon and playwright Marsha Norman, February 10-19. Based on Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic novel, it tells the story of 11-year-old Mary Lennox, who is forced to go from India to Yorkshire to live with her uncle and his son. Mary resents her new life until she discovers the secret garden and learns how to tend it. The musical is sure to warm hearts during the cold winter months with its themes of forgiveness, love, and renewal.
The Framingham production of The Secret Garden features Aidan Horrigan of Maynard as Lt. Wright. Aidan is a senior at Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School and studies Design and Visual Communications.
Aidan admires and appreciates the music director’s skill and the director’s “wonderful energy.” He also enjoys waltzing practice, which he says “was rather fun and got me moving.” Aidan calls the show “a very emotional experience” – it’s not unusual to see tears at rehearsal just from the sheer beauty of the story, the music, and the amazing voices of the cast members.
Aidan has been performing since 5th grade when he started doing magic in the talent show, and now, he says, “you can't keep me away from the stage.” His favorite role was as Leo Bloom in The Producers. He says he had seen Gene Wilder and Zero Mostel in the film, but “when I got the part I was so happy that I watched the movie about a hundred times.”
The Amazing Things Arts Center (160 Hollis St./Rt. 126, Framingham) presents The Secret Garden on February 10, 11, 17, and 18 at 8PM, and on February 12 and 19 at 2PM. Admission is $18, $17 for students and seniors, $15 for members, and $9 for children under 12. To buy tickets and get directions, go to www.amazingthings.org or call 508-405-ARTS (2787). Directed by Chip Sheeran; music direction by Jeff Kimball; choreography by Elizabeth Sheeran; produced by Susan Lanspery.