Blyth boy to play 'Secret Garden' lead - Oct. 12, 2017
BY DENNY SCOTT
Blyth’s Audric Cherrey will play the lead male protagonist in the Goderich Little Theatre’s production of The Secret Garden next month.
Cherrey, whose family moved to Blyth last year, is no stranger to the stage, having found a part in Straight through the Heart, a play by the same company that was staged last year. The production dramatized the events of the F3 tornado that devastated Goderich and the surrounding area six years ago.
Prior to moving to the area, he had parts in the Drayton Festival’s production of The Wizard of Oz and had parts in school before that including two musicals.
He said, in a previous interview with The Citizen, that he wasn’t as into sports as his brother Everett and theatre is his extra-curricular activity of choice.
For The Secret Garden, Audric takes on the role of 11-year-old Colin Craven of Yorkshire, England.
“He thinks he is dying and has never gone outside,” he said.
Cherrey, who is the son of Sarah and Derek, was originally informed of the play by fellow Blyth resident Jane Smyth who sent information about the play to his family.
“I went and auditioned and when they thought of who should play Colin, they automatically said Audric,” he said.
The musical is right up Audric’s alley as he says he really enjoys singing and the music in the play is very upbeat and cheerful.
“I’m really amped up for it,” he said. “I was really very excited to get the role.”
While he is confident he will be the right actor for the role now, he did admit he was a little nervous when auditioning because there was a young boy whose voice brought some people at the open audition to tears.
“I thought I might not have a chance against that, but I did,” he said.
Cherrey explains that Mary Lennox is sent to live with with Colin and his father after her parents die.
Mary and Colin go on a journey of discovery around Colin’s family manor that culminates in the discovery of a garden that belonged to Colin’s mother who died several years prior to Mary moving there.
“The two of them weren’t aware of each other,” Cherrey said. “They found each other and then found the garden.
“The garden became their own little secret,” he said.
Preparing for the show has been a good experience thus far, Cherrey said, admitting that the auditions are sometimes pretty long with some lasting three hours.
“It’s all worth it though,” he said. “I’m looking forward to being on stage and looking forward to being a part of the cast when we open.”
As for the future, Cherrey said he looks forward to whatever roles come his way next, though he doesn’t have anything definitive on his radar.
The play, by Sharon Burgett and Jim Crabtree, runs from Nov. 23 to Dec. 3. The production is based on the Victorian children’s book.
The show is directed by David Armour alongside Musical Director Louise Dockstader and features puppetry and digital photography as well as a talented cast of actors of all ages.
Organizers say the show is perfect for the whole family and tickets will soon be available through The Livery online at thelivery.ca or through the box office at 519-524-6262.