GARDINER — The Open Book Players will hold auditions for their production of “The Secret Garden” at 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7, at Johnson Hall. This literary classic by Frances Hodgson Burnett features the character of Mary Lennox, known as a difficult child, who is sent to live at her uncle’s estate in England after her parents pass away.

Misselthwaite Manor turns out to be a gloomy fortress. Her uncle is rarely home, and his young son, Colin, never leaves his room, convinced he’s an incurable invalid. To her surprise, Mary discovers a strange walled garden that has been locked up for years.

With the assistance of Dickon, the gardener’s apprentice, Mary brings the garden back to life and discovers Dickon’s amazing ability to communicate with animals. The garden seems to have a wonderful, magical effect on all who come into it, allowing Mary to help restore Colin to health and to reunite him with his father.

This version also introduces the endearing Sowerby family, who add much laughter and love to this touching story.

Performance dates are Oct. 17, 18, and 19.

Those who wish to audition should come prepared to do cold readings from the script. There are five male and five female character roles of varying ages to fill. For more information, call 207-441-3210 or email [email protected]

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