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    The Secret Garden

    Presented by at Wheelock Family Theatre

    January 28 - February 27, 2011


    The Secret Garden

    Book and Lyrics by Susan Kosoff. Music by Jane Staab. Based on the book by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Directed by Susan Kosoff. Musical Direction and arrangements by Jonathan Goldberg. Scenic Design by Matthew T. Lazure. Costume Design by Stacey Stephens. With Katherine Doherty as Mary Lennox.

    A cherished story that has enchanted generations of readers, The Secret Garden will take to the stage this winter at Wheelock Family Theatre with musical flair. Susan Kosoff and Jane Staab are at the helm of this creative endeavor, contributing original book, music, and lyrics to the 1919 Frances Hodgson Burnett classic.

    After a deadly cholera epidemic scourges India, the newly orphaned Mary Lenox—a cold, lonely girl of the British elite—finds herself residing in her uncle’s gloomy Yorkshire estate. Her uncle Archibald Craven, consumed with mourning for his deceased wife Lily, is often absent from Missethwaite Manor, fleeing the haunting memories of a once-fulfilled and blissful life. Bored inside the confining castle walls, Mary—intrigued by chatter of a secret garden— journeys to find such a garden, enlisting the aid of a tentative Colin (Archibald’s son), who is bed-ridden and dangerously ill.

    A story acknowledging the fears and fancies of young people, celebrating the escapist yearnings in all of us, and, ultimately, realizing that sometimes we must leave our surroundings to find our true selves—The Secret Garden is an homage to the healing powers of nature—sometimes tangible and sometimes ethereal—that can nurse the seemingly most impenetrable of wounds.

    In Burnett’s original words: “Where you tend a rose, my lad, a thistle cannot grow.” And in today’s chaotic and often scary world, one little girl’s determination to tend roses can be an inspiration to us all.

    Wheelock Family Theatre

    200 The Riverway
    Boston, MA 02215

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    Admission Info:

    "A" seats: Center orchestra or front mezzanine: $30 "B" seats: Side orchestra or mid mezzanine: $25 "C" seats: Back mezzanine: $20

    General Day and Time Info:

    Friday nights at 7:30; Saturday & Sunday matinees at 3:00

    Phone: 617-879-2300

    Accessibility Information:

    Final Weekend performances (Friday Feb. 25 at 1:00 and Sunday Feb. 27 at 3:00) are interpreted in ASL and audio-described! All performances are Open captioned.

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    • Event Name: The Secret Garden
      4 out of 5 stars rating "High quality, professional performance at kid-friendly price"
      Review posted by: Anon from Boston suburbs, MA, USA, Mar 14, 2011

      This was just right for bringing the kids. The actors and scenery were excellent. The venue was not too huge. The kids were thrilled by the set of walls which raised up to reveal the upstairs bedroom.... Expand

    • Event Name: The Secret Garden
      2 out of 5 stars rating "Story is Simplified, Signers on Stage Distracting"
      Review posted by: EB Miquel from Burlington, Vermont, Mar 03, 2011

      This was a reasonably well done play, but the story has been very over simplified and much of the magic of the original story is lost. The first act is a bit dull, the second more fun and engaging. I... Expand

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