Kim Crofchick Directing Limelight Players Group
By ANDREA O’NEILL
Correspondent
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SECRET GARDEN-The Limelight Players Group, owned and directed by Mountaintop resident Kim Crofchick, will present “The Secret Garden” this weekend. Performers include: Hope Austin, in front. Row two: Delaney Butler and Nicholas Jacobs. Row three: Jonathan Muniz, Matthew Buckman, and Adam Ercolani. Back: Eve Urban, Katie Roarty, Marikate Sullivan, Amelia Sack, Gabriella Soroka, and Amanda Burnside. Lauren Fredman, 10, of Mountaintop, also has a major lead.

‘The Secret Garden’ Musical

Mountaintop resident Kimberly Crofchick has a new show opening this week. Kim is the owner and director of the Limelight Players Group, a non-profit, community theatre group that incorporates folks of all ages and abilities.

The upcoming show is the former Broadway Musical, “The Secret Garden,” and will open on June 12 at 7pm and run through June 15 at the Wyoming Seminary Lower School in Forty Fort. The performers range in age from 9 – 37, with two of the major leads being held by 10-year old girls, one of them, Mountaintop resident Lauren Fredman.

The story takes place in 1911 India when Briton Mary Lennox awakes to find her parents have died of cholera. She is found and returned to the England she has never known, to stay with her widowed uncle, his housekeeper and young cousin. Mary discovers a secret garden and discovers its magic of healing, both physically and emotionally.

Kim has been a Mountaintop resident since she was six years old and attended Mansfield University for music education and vocal performance. She does local coaching and training in her own voice studio in addition to teaching adults during the day and has been involved in community theatre since she was very young. She relates that the Limelight Players has been a dream of hers for as long as she can remember, and now going on its eleventh show in five years, Kim feels it is finally coming true. Everyone is invited to try the acting process and there is no fee to be in the shows.

“We have had shows with students as young as 6 years old and we are now incorporating adults more,” says Kim, who started the first show with students from her vocal group. “It is very nice to have adults mix with children because it becomes a mentoring program for the children.”

The members practice over a three month span, roughly two to three times a week. As “tech week” approaches, however, they practice nightly the last ten days or so before a performance, getting everyone comfortable with their movements, tweaking the lighting cues, and the myriad of details that go into a musical production. Kim relates she finds it very rewarding.

Kim explains she encourages the kids to do their own playwriting and music, and the theatre group runs solely on volunteers, ticket sales and grants and donations to pay the royalties associated with every show. She plans to produce one to two shows per year and is considering “Little Women” or “Love Story” for early 2015.

Tickets are $12 for “The Secret Garden”, and seating is limited. For reservations or more information on show times, you can call 570-497-3529 or email