Jordan Weathington

Taking the stage in character, Bella Guarnere (‘23) played Mary Lennox while Ayah was played by Emma MacDonald (’22).

Jordan Weathington, Staff Reporter

Downingtown West High School’s drama club, Stage West, was back with another play last weekend–this time called The Secret Garden.  Due to the icy weather on Friday, the play’s Friday performance was postponed to Saturday but that didn’t stop the cast and crew! They came back with a strong performance and finished another play nicely.

The Downingtown community came out on Saturday, February 5, and Sunday, February 6, to give their support, and because of that the play was a success! Stage manager Paige Haltom (‘24) stated, “Working with Mrs. Draus and Mr. Osborne was a fun experience. The cast did an amazing job performing and I loved working with everyone.”

The Secret Garden play is based off of the beloved children’s story. According to Pioneer Drama Service, Mary Lennox, known as a difficult child, 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… which leads to some beautiful relationships AND flowers!

An audience of all ages enjoyed the performance.  Congrats to the cast and crew of Stage West on another fantastic performance!