Performance Now Theatre Company
The Secret Garden
Based on the 1911 novel of the same name by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Book and lyrics by Marsha Norman; Music by Lucy Simon Directed and Choreographed by KELLY VAN OOSBREE
Music Direction by ERIC WEINSTEIN
June 15 – July 1, 2018
Performance Now presents the Tony Award-winning musical "The Secret Garden" June 15 through July 1 at the Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Parkway in Lakewood. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 - $36 and are available or online at www.performancenow.org or by calling 303-987-7845.
Orphaned in India, 11 year-old Mary Lennox returns to Yorkshire to live with her embittered, reclusive uncle Archibald and his invalid son Colin. The estate's many wonders include a magic garden which beckons the children with haunting melodies and the "Dreamers", spirits from Mary's past who guide her through her new life. Songs include “The Girl I Mean to Be,” “I Heard Someone Crying,” and “Lily’s Eyes.”
The cast includes Hazel Kashline as Mary Lennox, Jeremy Rill as Archibald Craven, Lars Preece as Dr. Neville Craven, Carolyn Lohr as Lily, Abby McInerney as Martha, Shaun McClellan as Dickon, and Jackson Coleman as Colin Craven.
Frances Hodgson Burnett is best known for the three children's novels Little Lord Fauntleroy (published in 1885–1886), A Little Princess (1905), and The Secret Garden (1911). The sudden death of her father led the family to move to Knoxville, Tennessee and join her uncle. After the end of the civil war, Frances's uncle lost much of his business and was unable to provide for the newly arrived family. Frances turned to writing to earn money and escape the family’s poverty. Once her first story was published, before she was 18, she spent the rest of her life as a working writer.
“I think The Secret Garden is always relevant,” says Lucy Simon, the Tony-nominated composer behind Secret Garden’s majestic sound. “There’s not a time in my life where there hasn’t been a need to have that sense of rebirth and healing, whether it’s the garden or whether it’s the homeless or whether it’s craziness in the world around. We have to heal. We have to come together as people, as human beings.” – Interview by Oscar Williams and Sydney Lucas - Playbill - May 7, 2018.