Making a garden grow at the downtown Waldo Theatre is the task taken on by cast and crew of this summer’s musical production, “The Secret Garden.” Performances will be Fridays and Saturdays through Aug. 3 at 7:30 p.m. plus a single matinee Sunday, Aug. 4, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15; $12 for senior citizens; and $10 for those younger than 12.

The show is directed by Sue Ghoreyeb with Aaron Robinson; and accompanied by an orchestra conducted by Sean Fleming.

The poster design for the show brings history with it. The design by Nicole Oliver was originally created for Ghoreyeb’s 1997 production of The Secret Garden” with Lincoln County Community Theater. It has been reworked for this production and will be seen onstage, along with a set piece, also designed by Olivier for the previous production.

Costumes have been borrowed from Boothbay Playhouse, Heartwood Regional Theatre and Ghoreyeb’s personal collection and combined with those from the Waldo Theatre’s own costume stores to create the look of Edwardian England, circa 1911. Costumer Daryl Hahn of Thomaston is working on a newly designed costume for Laura Whitney (Lily Craven).

Local lighting talents, Rory Craib and Jim Buckingham have worked to create an atmosphere fitting for ghosts and living characters to exist in. To complete a total theatrical look, both Shelley’s Flowers and Burnham’s Bloomers will provide arrangements to decorate the theater itself. In addition, Diane Burnham has planted a special pot to be raffled off to benefit The Amazing Noah Jones, who has worked with Ghoreyeb in Winter Drama Adventure productions at Great Salt Bay School and was onstage in the Waldo Theatre’s “Little Shop of Horrors.” Noah was recently diagnosed with leukemia.

“Noah is a part of my theater family,” said Ghoreyeb, “and this play is life-affirming, a story of hope. We decided that helping out in this small way would involve Noah and the Jones family in the spirit of the play.”

Tickets may be reserved by calling the Waldo Theatre at 832-6060. Tickets also are available at the Community Pharmacy in Waldoboro and Maine Coast Book Shop and Café in Damariscotta.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or