Front Porch Music Theatre to debut with ‘The Secret Garden”

From left, actors Alexa Gerber, Emily Rosdahl, Eric Buck, and Landon Liberator act out a scene at rehearsal in the Lindeen basement. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

by Bruce Strand, Arts editor

“The Secret Garden” will be presented by a new youth organization, Front Porch Musical Theatre of Rogers, at The Little Theatre at ERHS in three performances next weekend.

This will be the first full-length musical by Front Porch, affiliated with Signature School of Music of Rogers. Show times are Friday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m., and Saturday, Dec.3, at 1 and 7 p..m.

Jolene Kendall (hat) and Ava Hoidal dance during rehearsals. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

“Directed by Linda and Tim Lindeen, who have been directing musicals for over 30 years and have recently brought musical theatre to the Rogers area, this classic tale with a twist is sure to guarantee a fun and affordable night of theatre for the entire family,” states a press release from Signature Music.

Bailey Rosdahl as Lillias wears a cool hat. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

The cast of 30, age 9 to 16, is headed by Emily Rosdahl of Elk River as Mary Lennox, Eric Buck of St. Michael as Colin, and Landon Liberator of Brooklyn Park as Dickon.

Lead supporting roles are Archibald, played by Hunter Fraser of Maple Grove; Mrs. Medlock, by Megan Hassing of Otsego; Mrs. Sowerby, by Alexa Gerber of Rogers; and Dr. Craven. by Ashley Bendickson of Corcoran.

Linda and Tim Lindeen, who met while doing a college play, have organized many small church and community plays, and set up the theatre in their home in Dayton, near Rogers, earlier this year. They were encouraged to do so by heir daughter Jennifer, who runs Signature Music.


Their goal was to give the Rogers area a theatre company like Elk River has, said Linda.

“We were at North Ballet in Rogers for a while but outgrew that space,” said Linda. “In the home we built four years ago, we have 2,000 square feet at the lower level, and we said, ‘Wow, we’re right on top of a theatre.’ ”

Along with a stage, all the costumes, set pieces and props are on site.

Ticket prices are $8 for adults, $4 for children. Call 763-670-8882, or e-mail to [email protected]

Archibald Craven (left), played by Hunter Fraser, joyfully embraces his son Colin, played by Eric Buck, upon seeing that the boys no longer needs a wheelchair. Watching are Mrs. Sowerby (Alexa Gerber), a maid (Alayna Hoidal), and Mary Lennox (Emily Rosedahl. (Photo by Bruce Strand)


Mrs. Medford (Megan Hassan) in a scene with cooks played by Jenny Cvek and Dannae Moksnes at rehearsals. (Photo by Bruce Strand)