The Secret Garden Characters
Name Vocal Part Description
Very strong, dramatic actress, strong singer. Though a
Mezzo spoiled child and a stubborn orphan, she softens over the
course of the story.
Very strong dramatic actor. Mary’s wealthy, withdrawn,
Strong Tenor crippled uncle and guardian. A heartbroken man who
continues to grieve for his dead wife.
Strong actor, capable, unchanged voice. Crippled, angry
Soprano and a sickly boy, made ill from neglect and being locked
away in the cold mansion.
Lily Craven Archibald’s beautiful wife who has died in childbirth.
(Principal) Appears as a ghost throughout the play.
Capable actor. Archibald’s mean, secretive brother who is
Dr. Neville Craven
Strong Baritone jealous of his brother because Lily, who he also loved,
chose Archibald over him.
Martha Mezzo with
Spunky, optimistic maid who befriends Mary
(Principal) strong belt
Dickon Martha’s younger brother. Mystical, young groundskeeper,
(Principal) who has a special bond with nature.
Rose Lennox Mary’s mother and Lily’s sister. Attractive and a bit too free
(Supporting) of spirit. Seen as a flash-back and as a ghost.
Rose’s husband and Mary’s father. A dashing and strong
Gentle Tenor military officer. Indifferent and distant until his transition to
the after-life. Seen in a flash-back and as a ghost.
Ben Weatherstaff Character Crotchety, old gardener with a barely disguised heart of gold
(Supporting) Baritone who befriends Mary.
Non-singing Stern, stiff head housekeeper of the Craven house.
Alto Mary’s nanny in India. Appears as a ghost.
High Tenor Preferably dark skinned.
Non-singing School headmistress who has an encounter with Mary.
Ghosts – Good singers and dancers, ever-present on stage, they play British Army personnel and their
wives. They appear in flashbacks and as ghosts. (Cameos: Shaw, Holmes, Wright, Alice, Claire, Betsy,
William, Timothy and ensemble)
Children – English and Indian child playmates of Mary’s who died in the cholera outbreak. They appear
in flashbacks and as ghosts.