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WBC Presents Secret Garden Thursday & Friday


Anna Hayden (left) and Elizabeth Fehr from the cast of The Secret Garden.

The Secret Garden will be the final production of the 2010-11 season for the Williams Baptist College theatre department. The play will be staged Thursday and Friday, April 7 and 8, in WBC’s Old Chapel.

The production is adapted by April-Dawn Gladu from the book by Frances Hodges Burnett, according to Melinda Williams, assistant professor of communication arts at WBC and director of the production.

Among those featured in the production is Anna Hayden, a sophomore from Conway who has taken on several acting roles in only two years at Williams. Hayden, who plays Mary, noted, "Being in The Secret Garden has broadened my horizons as an actress. It is an exciting and challenging new role."

Senior Elizabeth Fehr of Poplar Grove will be in the role of Dickon. "I have greatly enjoyed this opportunity of acting in The Secret Garden. It has allowed me to branch out and try new things. The WBC theatre has been a great experience for me," Fehr said.

Other actors include Christina Graham of Jonesboro, who plays Mary’s cousin, Colin. The housekeeper, Mrs. Medlock, is played by Rachel Carter of Crossett. The groundskeeper, Ben, and servant, Martha, are played by Branden Caffoe of Bull Shoals and Samantha Wilson of Batesville, respectively. Nick McGinnis of Jonesboro rounds out the cast as Mary's uncle, Archibald Crave.

The production will begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday in the Old Chapel on the WBC campus. Admission will be $3 general admission and $1 for senior citizens and students.

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