The Prairie high school Speech and Drama Association is having its annual musical on May 12th, 13th, and 14th at 7:00 p.m., and this year’s musical is The Secret Garden, based on the book by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

The director of the musical and director of the Speech and Drama team, Kami Zbanek-Hill, says that she is “absolutely stoked” to show this musical, based on the 1908 novel of the same name.

Hill describes the production as a “very universal story about loss, love,the definition of family is, and how someone can rise up from a low point in life. Everyone who sees it will find something that they can relate to.”

The final cast of the production has been decided on already, but the team is still looking for more backstage assistance, as getting a musical ready for performance is no easy feat. The students who are in the show deserve a big audience to come and witness this “amazing thing that they’ve created.”

The Secret Garden is described as being the most ambitious musical the speech and drama team have set out to do, which possesses gorgeous music and a haunting narrative behind it. Along with that, the show only costs four dollars to see, as opposed to 60 dollars it may cost to see a musical elsewhere.

“We’re absolutely still looking for people to help backstage,” Hill said. “Dennis Hull, our set builder for our productions has been at Prairie for 52 years, and he’s never been able to do it alone. We still need all the help we can get.” Information on getting involved can be found on the Prairie Speech and Drama website.

The biggest ally of the team is word of mouth. They plan to do posters and other forms of advertising to get people to the show, but none of that compares to the power of word of mouth. If you have come to any of the team’s other shows, or you plan on seeing The Secret Garden, tell your friends and family to come and see it.

Hill concludes her thoughts by stating “I hope the audience leaves the show having connected to something. The whole reason we make art is to connect with each other, and that’s our goal with The Secret Garden. Even if you’re not typically a theater person, I guarantee you’ll find a thing that you’ll relate to. I just really hope that our cast can connect with you in some way.”



“Spring Musical.” Blog post. PHS Speech & Drama. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Apr. 2017.

“The Secret Garden (Musical) Plot & Characters.” StageAgent. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Apr. 2017.


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