"Everything about the show draws me in – the moving story and incredible music and lyrics. I also love the fact we're bringing music theatre back to Melville because the company is close to my heart, given my father David J. Burton started it." Justin added: "I loved the 1993 film but the music in this production is beautiful, especially the famous duet, Lily's Eyes, which is a real showstopper."
One of the main challenges for the two directors was an initial lack of men, which forced them to think more creatively. "We only had one man turn up to auditions," Justin said. "But we were determined for this show not to fold before it started so we have had to make some interesting changes, which people will see when they come to the show."
"By the end of the show, Mary is a caring garden lover with a passion for all things garden-related. The evolution of the character and bringing her to life in my own way is challenging because I've had to manage my time better to allow lots of practice away from rehearsals."