Norman, Okla. – Norman’s premiere performing arts venue, The Sooner Theatre, 101 E. Main Street, is excited to announce the opening production of the 2011-12 season, The Secret Garden. This three-time Tony Award® winning musical captivates audiences with a compelling tale of forgiveness and renewal.


Orphaned in India, 11 year-old Mary Lennox returns to Yorkshire to live with her embittered, reclusive uncle Archibald and his invalid son Colin. The estate's many wonders include a magic garden which beckons the children with haunting melodies and the "Dreamers", spirits from Mary's past who guide her through her new life.


The Secret Garden will be directed by Lyn Cramer, with musical direction by Jason Grife.


Mary Lennox will be played by Addison Baker, a 10 year-old Norman resident, who just wowed audiences in Music Theatre Wichita’s Disney’s The Little Mermaid, appearing as the first female FLOUNDER in the show’s history.

Archibald Craven will be played by Thomas E. Cunningham, appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association. Tommy has performed the roles of The Phantom and Che in The Broadway National Tours of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera  and Evita; and most recently Father in Lyric Theatre’s Ragtime and Judge Turpin in Lyric Theatre’s Sweeney Todd.

Local favorites Mandy Jiran, Vince Leseney, Cory Lingner, Dalycia Rich Phipps, Ava Maag, Alex Irwin and Michael Hardwick are also featured in this production.


Performances will begin at 8:00 p.m., September 16, 17, 23 and 24, 2011. Matinee performances will begin at 2:00 p.m., September 18 & 25, 2011.


Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online, by phone or at The Sooner Theatre. A service charge of $2 per ticket will be applied to all phone and online orders. Box office hours are Tues-Fri, 10am- Noon and 2-5pm and one hour prior to show time.


Sooner Stage Presents discounts: Seniors (65+), children (12 & under) and groups of 10 or more receive $5 off the regular ticket price. Discounts cannot be combined.


Student Rush: College and high school students who show their valid school ID at the box office within one hours of showtime can purchase tickets at 50% of the regular price for that evening's performance. Student Rush tickets cannot be purchase in advance.



The Sooner Theatre of Norman is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Sooner Theatre offers year-round events including in-house musical theatre productions, concerts by nationally touring groups, special events, youth productions and dozens of performing arts classes at The Studio of The Sooner Theatre.


The Sooner Stage Presents series is made possible in part by the support of the Oklahoma Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Norman Arts Council. Additional support for the Main Event Concert Series is provided by Republic Bank & Trust. This production is underwritten in part by The Hyden Fund, a charitable donor advised fund of the Norman Community Foundation.


For more information contact The Sooner Theatre, (405) 321-9600 or visit



Contact: Nancy Coggins, APR

405-321-9600 or 405-760-9053