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If you are looking for a family-friendly play in the Los Angeles area, look no further! The Master’s University Theatre Arts, located in Santa Clarita, produces clean, entertaining drama productions each year. From shows on Broadway to lesser-known plays,The Master’s University Theatre Arts continually performs top-quality plays filled with intriguing plot lines and captivating characters that you are sure to enjoy. Don’t miss our next show for a great night of entertainment!

Over The River and Through the Woods

By Joe DiPietro

Presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc. New York

Nick visits his grandparents in Hoboken, NJ every Sunday for dinner. But what lengths will his grandparents go to keep him from moving to Seattle? As they plan blind dates and tempt him with never-ending, mouthwatering meals, Nick has to evaluate what is important in life and learn to count the cost of his decisions. This show promises gut-wrenching laughter and a story that pulls on your heartstrings and causes you to consider, along with Nick, what matters most in life.

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The Secret Garden

$10-$25 Tickets ON SALE Monday, January 29, 2018

Continuing our celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the revival of TMU Theatre Arts, we are delighted to bring this gorgeous, musical adaptation of Francis Hodgson Burnett’s “The Secret Garden.” Marsha Norman and Lucy Simon’s music and lyrics are a perfect addition to this beloved story of forgiveness, redemption, and the importance of love and community. After her parent’s untimely death in India, lonely Mary Lennox is sent to live with her reclusive uncle in Yorkshire, England. Members of the household and community reach out to Mary to try to sooth her broken heart, but they are surprised by the ways she - with the help of a forgotten and secret garden - is used to bring them together.

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  • About Us

    Mission Statement

    Theatre productions at The Master’s University exist to glorify God and impact our community through thoughtful and excellent presentation of plays or musicals and by enjoying human creativity as a reflection of The Creator as becomes a child of God.

    Theatre Arts Overview

    Theatre Arts is a co-curricular program offered by the School of Music, designed to give training and expression in the performing arts along-side any major at the university. Theatre Arts has been dubbed “The People’s Theatre.” Its participants and contributors span across all disciplines, dorms, and interests at TMU. As a co-curricular program, any participating students can receive repeating credits in either theatre arts or production techniques and this will be reflected on their transcripts.

    Having just celebrating the 10th anniversary of the revival of the program, Theatre Arts continues to be an amazing tool in the hands of the Lord in so many lives. We have seen the Lord display Himself in remarkable ways, showing how even a school play can be eternally significant. Lives are being changed, perspectives altered, and love for the Lord and each other continues to grow. Our productions beautifully illustrate how life is a precious gift that must be used for God’s glory and His purpose; it should not be wasted!

    Opportunities to be involved include acting, stage managing, lighting, sound, scenery design, costuming, and makeup. Our commitment to the process as much as the product enables us to have an others-focused theatre program and this dedication pervades all of these areas as we strive together to serve one another using our varied giftedness.

    We are excited to see how God continues to grow the program as those involved seek to serve and honor Him first and foremost through the medium of good theatre as a gift to the audience with no compromise of who we are as children of God.

  • Audition Information

    Auditions for THE SECRET GARDEN

    Monday & Tuesday, December 4 & 5

    • Time:   7:00pm – 10:00pm

    • Location: MC101

    • Callbacks Wednesday, December 6 at 7:00pm in MC101

    • Read/Sing Through for Cast Saturday December 9th 2:00-5:00pm MC101

    Looking For:


    • 11 Men and 12 Women for both principle and ensemble roles

    • For a list of characters/descriptions, please email 

    • Accents: Most British, several Yorkshire dialect (Martha, Dickon, Ben and rest of Mistelthwaite Manor ensemble members) & 2 Indian (Fakir & Ayah),


    • Come to either night of auditions to fill out a Production Crew Application in the lobby of MRH


    • Auditions are open to all traditional TMU Students of all majors/disciplines/years

    • Auditions will have 2 parts: **acting \& music. **You can audition either night, Monday or Tuesday and you can come any time between 7-10pm. Once you arrive, in the lobby, you will fill out an audition form and sign up for a slot

      • **Acting audition - **cold read chosen by the directors from the script depending on the part you are auditioning for

      • **Music audition - **An accompanist will be provided

        • We recommend listening to the original Broadway cast recording to become familiar with the music

        • Please email the theatre office for all sheet music (see below for specifics) or stop by the music office to make a copy

        • ALL AUDITIONERS must audition with the designated bars from the following song

          • The House Upon the Hill | bars 36-62 | when it splits, learn the part that fits your voice part

          • Be familiar with *There’s a Girl | *bars 3-26 specific to your voice part

        • EXCEPTION: If you are interested in auditioning for any of the following specific roles, you will need to either sing part of and/or be familiar with the following songs ***instead of **The House Upon the Hill *(above):

          • Lily (soprano)

            • Be prepared to sing *Come to My Garden *| bars 5-29

            • Be familiar with *How Could I Ever Know * (Duet with Archibald)

            • Be familiar with *I Heard Someone Crying *(Trio with Archibald & Mary)

          • Mary Lennox (mezzo-soprano)

            • Be prepared to sing The Girl I Mean to Be

            • Be familiar with I Heard Someone Crying

          • Archibald Craven (Mary’s Uncle | baritone or tenor)

            • Be prepared to sing *Lily’s Eyes *(Duet with Dr. Neville Craven) | bars 8-15 & 27-36

            • Be familiar with *How Could I Ever Know * (Duet with Lily)

            • Be familiar with *I Heard Someone Crying *(Trio with Lily & Mary)

          • Dr. Neville Craven (Archibald’s Brother | baritone or bass)

            • Be prepared to sing *Lily’s Eyes *(Duet with Archibald Craven) | bars 1-8 & 15-27
          • Martha (a Chambermaid alto)
            • *If I Had a Fine White Horse | *bars 11-23

            • Be familiar with Hold On

          • Dickon (Martha’s Brother tenor)

            • Be prepared to sing Winter’s On the Wing | bars 5-17
          • Ben (the Gardener baritone or tenor)

            • Be prepared to sing It’s a Maze bars 12-16 & 22-30
          • Colin (tenor or boy soprano)

            • Be prepared to sing Round Shouldered Man bars 37-67 in your octave


    • Rehearsals: Mon & Wed 7-10:30pm - Choreography rehearsals on Tuesday nights for the first few weeks.

    • Not all cast members will have to be at all regular rehearsals – it will depend on the role and a schedule will be given out at the beginning of the semester.

    • All involved in the production (cast and crew) will receive up to 1 unit of credit and *must *enroll in TH300.

    • NOTE: please do not plan on weekly night classes for the Sp18 semester if you want to be in the cast/ensemble of The Secret Garden.

    Please email us at or call us at 661-362-2255 with any questions

  • Staff

    Tricia Hulet

    Director of TMU Theatre Arts|Music Events Coordinator

    Tricia directs the Theatre Arts program, produces the annual Come ChristmasSing concerts series, and manages all concerts, recitals, and events through the School of Music. She is a graduate of The Master’s College (MA Biblical Counseling; BA Biblical Counseling/minor in Music), where she studied voice and was extensively involved in musical theatre. She has held leading roles in several major productions including Hodel in “Fiddler on the Roof”, and Mary Lennox in the musical version of “The Secret Garden”. Tricia values the performing arts as a means to reflect the Creator and as a way to serve and impact the kingdom of God. She first began directing theatre in 2004 for a Christian high school; she was then brought on in 2007 to revive Theatre Arts under the umbrella of the School of Music. Tricia has seen theatre arts function as a refining tool in many lives - shaping and sharpening hearts to live in light of the Gospel we have been graciously saved by - and used to build another example of biblical community that is a bright light to the watching world. Helping students round out their biblical worldview in the area of performing arts is a joy and blessing. Tricia and her husband, Dave - the Dean of Men here at TMU, met here as students and are blessed to continue work at The Master’s University together and be members of Grace Community Church.

    “To the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.” Jude 25

    James Phillipps

    Assistant Director

    James has been involved with TMU Theater Arts since his freshman year in 2007. As a student at Master’s, he participated in every show the revived department put on, beginning with the role of Merriman in “The Importance of Being Earnest” in 2007 and culminating with the lead role of Nick Cristano in “Over the River and Through the Woods” in 2011. During his time as a college student, James saw the Lord use theater in an incredible way to shape him as a Christian. He is grateful to be able to give back to the current students some of what he learned through TMU Theater. James currently serves as the Student Accounts Manager for the University and Seminary. He constantly tells people he has the privilege of working at the best school in the world, and he hopes to continue serving in both Accounting and Theatre for as long as the Lord lets him.

    “The fear of the Lord is the instruction for wisdom, and before honor comes humility” – Proverbs 15:33

    Seth Bowling

    Assistant Director

    Raised in Northern California, Seth moved to Los Angeles to attend The Master’s University and pursue a career in the film industry using his degree in Communications. Seth performed in two productions with TMU Theatre Arts while a student - Nick Cristano in the Fall 2017 revival production of “Over the River and Through the Woods,” and Henry Tilney in “Northanger Abbey.” Due to his desire to work professionally in the industry, Seth is grateful to get to be a part of this Christ-centered program, as he knows it is a rare opportunity in the performing arts. Theater at TMU has pushed him as an actor and as a whole person being made more into the image of Christ. Now as an Assistant Director, he is excited for the opportunity to give back to the current students what he has learned through this program and his time in the film industry. He is excited to work in this capacity alongside the cast, crew, and fellow directors to display God’s glory both on and off the stage.

    “Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit’ – yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.’” James 4:13-15


Box Office: 661-362-2255


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