The Musical Theatre Department of the College-Conservatory of Music at UC pulled off yet another stunning production. This time it is a top-notch mounting of Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman’s magical musical The Secret Garden.

Other than the superb guest director and choreographer Connor Gallagher, the imaginative set designer Joshua E. Gallagher, and the unfailingly great costume designer Dean Mogle, everyone else in this superb production on and off stage is a student. That in and of itself is pretty close to a miracle, considering that what the capacity audience witnessed tonight on the Corbett Auditorium stage was a show on the level of a Broadway hit production.

Jeremy Robin Lyons in the pit led the sizeable orchestra in a musically flawless performance, drawing out terrific turns from a large cast headlined by Zoe Mezoff as Mary Lennox, Delaney Guyer as Lily, Madison Hagler as Archibald Craven, and Sam Pickart as Dr. Neville Craven. In significant supporting roles Anna Chase Lanier as Martha, Kurtis Bradley Brown as Dickon, and Jenna Bienvenue as Colin stood out in a cast of two dozen uniformly gifted singing, dancing, acting talents.

To get to the punch line I would encourage those readers still not holding tickets for this show to cancel whatever else you have planned for this weekend and give the box office at CCM a call at 513-556-4183 and try and see if there are any tickets left for any of the remaining three shows this weekend. You will not regret it.

Rafael de Acha