Photo by David Costa.
Photo by David Costa.

Stoneham Theatre and the Stoneham Garden Club are celebrating the opening of The Secret Garden with a flower show.  On Saturday, May 17, 2014, Stoneham Theatre audiences will not only enjoy the three-time Tony Award-winning musical, but they will also have the opportunity to view eight floral arrangements depicting the classic story.  Eighteen Stoneham Garden Club members are taking part in the show.


“Belmont Garden Club member and Stoneham Theatre supporter Sherry Jones was really the catalyst for the whole idea,” Marketing Director David Costa explained.  “Sherry thought a flower show at the theatre would be cool.  The fact that we happened to be doing The Secret Garden later in the season was just kismet.”


This event will mark the first time the Stoneham Garden Club has shown publicly.  Although the Stoneham Garden Club has esteemed members such as award-winning flower show judge Bernadine DiLuzzio, up until this point, the Garden Club’s work has only been seen in the wooden barrels which run along Main Street or in the perennial garden at Whip Hill.  “Not only are there many, many guidelines to follow from the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts, but you also have to have an opportunity to show,” Garden Club member Chris Randolph explained.  “It was nice to have a theme to focus on.”


Stoneham Garden Club members participating in the flower show at Stoneham Theatre teamed up in pairs to create an arrangement depicting how they felt about The Secret Garden.  “Our inspiration was the children who revitalized a garden filled with sadness and abandonment, back to happiness and new life,” Betty Rosselli explained.  Rosselli’s partner Elaine Banks shared that their arrangement took four hours to design.  Some members, like Connie Filosi, changed their designs along the way.  “I had a totally different idea but then was inspired when my arrangement began to look like a trellis,” Filosi shared.


Stoneham Garden Club members participating in the show at Stoneham Theatre include Judy Allen, Elaine Banks, Bernadine DiLuzio, Connie Filosi, Gail Medeiros, Alicia Mills, Betty Murphy, Christina Randolph, Betty Rosselli, Karen Sokol, and Eileen Sullivan.  Both Anderson-Bryant Funeral Home and Finnegan Funeral Home donated pedestals for the event.


The Secret Garden opens on Thursday, May 15, 2014 and runs through Sunday, June 8, 2014.  Audience members at the 3:00pm and 8:00pm performances on Saturday, May 17, 2014 can view the Stoneham Garden Club’s arrangements before the show and during intermission in the Atelier Gallery at Stoneham Theatre.  For tickets to The Secret Garden, call the Stoneham Theatre Box Office at 781-279-2200 or visit www.stonehamtheatre.org.  The Stoneham Garden Club will also be having a plant sale and luncheon on Thursday, May 22, 2014 at the All Saints Episcopal Church in Stoneham from 10am to 2pm. 


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