Alabama School of the Arts Presents “The Secret Garden” Musical Theatre Production April 22-23

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MOBILE, Ala. – Alabama School of the Arts at University of Mobile presents “The Secret Garden,” a stage adaptation by Pulitzer Prize-winner Marsha Norman and Lucy Simon based on Frances Hodgson Burnett’s serial novel of the same name.

Performances will take place at Saraland High School’s Performing Arts Center on Saturday, April 22 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 23 at 2 p.m. General admission for both performances is $25 per person, while students with valid identification and children’s admission is $10. Tickets are available at or at the door.

This production is directed by Bruce Earnest, associate dean for Alabama School of the Arts, with music direction by Dr. Scott Wright, general director of Mobile Opera.

This remarkable musical is the story of young Mary Lennox, played by Laurlyn Wash, a senior musical theater major. Mary loses her parents to a cholera outbreak in India and is sent to live in Britain with her morose uncle Archibald Craven, played by Collin Clardy, a 2016 graduate of and staff member of the Roger Breland Center for Performing Arts.

Young Mary’s liveliness changes the atmosphere of Craven’s manor and her discovery of a once-beautiful but hidden garden captures audiences with a story of transforming love and redemption.

For more information, contact the Roger Breland Center for Performing Arts at the Alabama School of the Arts at or 251.442.2383.

University of Mobile is a Christ-centered liberal arts and sciences institution with a vision of higher education for a higher purpose, founded to honor God by equipping students for their future professions through rigorous academic preparation and spiritual transformation. Core values are: Christ-Centered, Academically-Focused, Student-Devoted and Distinctively-Driven. The university offers on-campus and online bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in over 40 areas of study. Founded in 1961, University of Mobile is affiliated with the Alabama Baptist State Convention and is located 10 miles north of Mobile, Alabama on a campus of over 880 acres.


For more information about University of Mobile, visit the website at or call Enrollment Services at 1.800.WIN.RAMS or 251.442.2222.

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Kathy Dean

Kathy Dean

Kathy is an award-winning public relations professional and former journalist with a strong background in strategic communications, feature writing/story-telling, copywriting and editing. She serves as assistant vice president for university communications. Kathy joined the University of Mobile marketing/public relations staff in 1993 and has earned awards for writing, public relations and advertising, including twice receiving the grand prize for feature writing from the Baptist Communicators Association. She serves on the board of the John M. Will Scholarship Foundation, awarding scholarships to promising student journalists; and is a member of the Public Relations Council of Alabama, Baptist Communicators Association and Society of Professional Journalists. Kathy lives in Daphne with her husband, Chuck, who earned his M.B.A. from University of Mobile. They have two children and two grandchildren.

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