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Campbellsville University to present ‘The Secret Garden’ July 4-7

Campbellsville University to present ‘The Secret Garden’ July 4-7By Amber Meade, communications assistant, Office of University Communications

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – As you celebrate July 4th, Campbellsville University has another way to celebrate.

“The Secret Garden” musical will be presented by the Campbellsville University Theater Department, Town Hall Productions and Community Trust Bank and will run from Thursday, July 4, until Sunday, July 7 in the Russ Mobley Theater, 114 University Drive, Campbellsville, Ky.

Based on Frances Hodgson Burnett’s beloved victorian classic, The Secret Garden, blossoms anew in this enchanting musical by Pulitzer Prize-winner Marsha Norman and Lucy Simon. When young Mary Lennox loses her parents to a cholera outbreak in India, she is sent to live with her uncle, hermit Archibald Craven, who lives in an imposing, secluded manor on the British heath. Inside the haunting house upon the hill, Mary finds a reclusive, long-suffering collection of souls. Since her aunt Lily’s death, Mary’s uncle has pushed away his surviving loved ones, leaving his bedridden son, Colin, alone. Sickly Colin, hidden away in the depths of the manner, bears the guilt of his mother’s death on his crippled shoulders. When Mary discovers her Aunt Lily’s hidden garden, locked shut and overgrown with vines, stubborn Mary is determined to revive the beauty that once was. Surrounded by spirits from the past, who both warn and welcome her, determined Mary begins to peel away the layers of sadness that cover the house and the garden, showing us the power that “one small girl” can have when she “wants things to grow.” The play synopsis is from the director.

Tickets can be purchased before the event online at or through email at Online ticket sales end at noon the day of the presentation. Afterward, tickets can be reserved at (270) 789-5266 or purchased at the door while supplies last.

General admission tickets are $10 and seniors (65 and under), children (12 and under) and CU employees/students and military are $7.

The play will be showing Thursday, July 4 at 6 p.m.; Friday, July 5, at 7 p.m., Saturday, July 6, at 7 p.m. and Sunday July 7, at 2:30 p.m.

The crew list is as follows: Director, Jason Garrett; Technical Director, Starr Garrett; Stage Manager, Malorie Byrne; Music Director, Alia McClendon; Choreographer, Laura Day; Scene Shop Supervisor, Matt Nall; and Sound Design, Jon Heineman.

The cast for the play will be Andrew Ward as Dr. Neville Craven, Campbellsville, Ky.; Brian Phillips as Lieutenant Wright, Campbellsville, Ky.; Charlotte Archey as Martha, Columbia, Ky.; Elli Wilson as Mary Lennox, Campbellsville, Ky.; Holly Jo Evans as Mrs. Medlock, Barbourville, Ky.; Holly Wilson as Claire Holmes, Campbellsville, Ky.;

Hunter Farmer as Colin Craven, Lebanon, Ky.; Jon Andrew as Albert Lennox, Campbellsville, Ky./Pittsburgh, Pa.; Joseph Mattingly as Major Holmes, Loretto, Ky.; Josie Pruitt as Alice, Greensburg, Ky.; Kevin Durham as Archibald Craven, Campbellsville, Ky./ Lebanon, Ky.;

Les Chadwick as Ben Weatherstaff, Campbellsville, Ky.; Matthew Hutchins as Dickon, Campbellsville, Ky.; Peydon Hall as Mrs. Winthrop, Greensburg, Ky.; Singrid Tipton as Lily, Campbellsville, Ky.; and Trisha Hall as Rose Lennox, Greensburg, Ky.

Campbellsville University is a widely-acclaimed Kentucky-based Christian university with more than 12,000 students offering over 100 programs of study including Ph.D., master, baccalaureate, associate, pre-professional and certification programs. The university has Kentucky based off-campus centers in Louisville, Harrodsburg, Somerset, Hodgenville and Liberty with instructional sites in Elizabethtown, Owensboro and Summersville. Out-of-state centers include two in California at Los Angeles and Lathrop, located in the San Francisco Bay region.  The website for complete information is

Campbellsville University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award certificates, associate, baccalaureate, masters and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the status of Campbellsville University.