The Best Audition Songs for The Secret Garden – by Character

Do you have an upcoming audition for The Secret Garden? Well unless you have specifically been asked to sing a song from the show that you’re auditioning for, it’s generally best not to. That said, you should still show off similar vocals and personality. So here’s our list of audition songs for The Secret Garden, by character.

The Secret Garden is a pre-contemporary musical that’s set in the 1900s. Because of that, most of the songs below are from pre-contemporary/early contemporary musicals as well (1980-2010). In addition, there is a classic/timeless vibe to many of the following songs in order to match the style of the show.


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Step 1: Read your audition details

Please read your audition details carefully, as they sometimes specify the type of song they’d like to hear (a ballad, something uptempo, etc.). Make sure to select a song that’s appropriate for your specific casting call. Also, as you’re picking out a song, these links may be helpful:

Backing Tracks for the Songs Below

The “Secret Garden Audition Songs” Spotify Playlist


Step 2: Get to know the show

In casting calls, they often ask for you to be “familiar with the show”. And even if it’s not requested, it’s generally assumed. One way to do this is to listen to the The Secret Garden cast album➝ while reading through the synopsis.


Step 3: Pick an audition song

Next, based on your personality and vocal type, decide whether you’d like to audition for the ensemble or a specific character. Just keep in mind that if you audition for a specific character, you still might not be chosen for that particular role.

There’s usually a spot on the audition form asking if you are open to being in the ensemble or accepting a different role. I would suggest ticking that box and taking whatever you are offered. Every role is important, and you will earn valuable experience in a show.

And on that same note, even if you audition for the ensemble (and not a specific character), there’s always a chance you might get chosen for a leading/supporting role!

To summarize, keep an open mind and try not to take the process too seriously. And when you’re ready, choose the song that you feel most comfortable with from the list below.


Archibald Craven

A World Without You” – Children of Eden

Bring Him Home” – Les Misérables

The Life That You Wished For” – Chaplin

The Man I Used to Be” – The Count of Monte Cristo


Colin Craven

Castle on a Cloud” – Les Misérables

No Matter What” – Whistle Down the Wind

On Your Way Home” – James and the Giant Peach

The Beautiful Day” – Scrooge


Dickon

Endless Night” – The Lion King

Flying Home” – Songs for a New World

Gold” – Once

The Streets of Dublin” – A Man of No Importance


Dr. Neville Craven

Heaven’s Light” – The Hunchback of Notre Dame

In Every Age” – Titanic

She Was There” – The Scarlet Pimpernel

Where’s the Girl?” – The Scarlet Pimpernel


Lily

My True Love” – Phantom

No One Knows Who I Am” – Jekyll & Hyde

Once Upon a Dream” – Jekyll & Hyde

Sympathy, Tenderness” – Jekyll & Hyde


Martha

Lady’s Maid” – Titanic

Our Kind of Love” – The Beautiful Game

The Burden of Life” – A Man of No Importance

Tell Me Why” – A Man of No Importance


Mary Lennox

In My Dreams” – Anastasia

Live Out Loud” – A Little Princess

Once Upon a December” – Anastasia

Only Pretend” – Peter Pan Live!


Ensemble (Altos)

Days of Plenty” – Little Women

Here Alone” – Little Women

Painting Her Portrait” – Jane Eyre


Ensemble (Baritones)

Barrett’s Song” – Titanic

Live With Somebody You Love” – Martin Guerre

The Cuddles Mary Gave” – A Man of No Importance


Ensemble (Basses)

As Good As You” – Jane Eyre

Lost in the Darkness” – Jekyll & Hyde

The Hardest Part of Love” – Children of Eden


Ensemble (Contras)

Just Beyond the Stars” – Peter Pan: A Musical Adventure

Out of Sight, Out of Mind” – A Tale of Two Cities

Woman” – The Pirate Queen


Psst… Here’s where you can find out your vocal type!


Ensemble (Mezzos)

Only Love” – The Scarlet Pimpernel

When I Look at You” – The Scarlet Pimpernel

When Will Someone Hear?” – Martin Guerre


Ensemble (Sopranos)

Believe” – The Scarlet Pimpernel

The Finer Things” – Jane Eyre

Tuesdays, Thursdays” – Far from Heaven


Ensemble (Tenors)

Before the Summer Ends” – Dracula

I Never Knew” – Far from Heaven

No Moon” – Titanic


Step 4: Select a monologue

If requested, here are a few audition monologues for The Secret Garden:

• “My Opinion” from Paul Pry➝  (Oldbutton)

• “My Shares Are Worthless➝” from A Little Princess  (Miss Minchin)

• “My Sister in This House” in Solo!: The Best Monologues of the 80s – Women➝

• “Rooms” in Fantasy Monologues for Young Actors➝

• “The Grace of Mary Traverse” in Solo!: The Best Monologues of the 80s – Women➝


Final Step: Prepare for your audition

After collecting your materials and getting familiar with the show, it’s time to move forward with the actual preparation. If you’re in need of some guidance on this step, you can always go through this FREE audition prep checklist!


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The Secret Garden Song List

Here’s a list of the musical numbers in The Secret Garden along with which characters sing in each of them. Unless you have been asked to, do not choose from the below songs for your audition! The following is more intended to be used for character research purposes.

* That said, if you’ve specifically been asked to sing a song from the show, you can find the sheet music for the best possible audition songs below.


Act I:

“Opening” – Lily, Fakir, Ensemble

“There’s a Girl” – Ensemble

“The House Upon the Hill” – Mrs. Medlock, Mary, Ensemble

“I Heard Someone Crying” – Lily, Mary, Archibald, Ensemble

If I Had A Fine White Horse” – Martha

“A Girl in the Valley” – Archibald, Lily

“It’s a Maze” – Mary, Ben, Dickon

Winter’s on the Wing” – Dickon

“Show Me the Key” – Mary, Dickon

A Bit of Earth” – Archibald

“Storm I” – Ensemble

“Lily’s Eyes” – Archibald, Neville

“Storm II” – Mary, Ensemble

Round-Shouldered Man” – Colin

“Final Storm” – Mary, Ensemble


Act 2:

The Girl I Mean to Be” – Mary

“Quartet” – Archibald, Lily, Neville, Rose

Race You to the Top of the Morning” – Archibald

“Wick” – Dickon, Mary

Come to My Garden” – Lily, Colin

“Come Spirit, Come Charm” – Mary, Dickon, Martha, Lily, Ensemble

“Disappear” – Neville

Hold On” – Martha

“Letter Song” – Archibald, Mary

“Where in the World” – Archibald

How Could I Ever Know” – Archibald, Lily

“Finale” – Colin, Martha, Mary, Nevilla, Archibald, Ensemble


Which of these audition songs for The Secret Garden did you choose?

And what role are you auditioning for? We would love to hear all about it in the comments! And in the meantime, you can check out our database of best audition songs for other musicals.


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Stacy Karyn, author of Audition Songs for The Secret Garden.
Author: Stacy Karyn

Stacy Karyn is the founder of Theatre Trip, author of The Thespian’s Bucket List, and creator of The Cast Album List. She has a TESOL drama certificate, a BA in theatre, and has worked and interned with Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters.


 

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