The Secret Garden


February 12-14, 18-21, 25-27, 1999


Community Players Theatre

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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, dramatizing The Secret Garden’s compelling tale of forgiveness and renewal.

Book and Lyrics by Marsha Norman, Music by Lucy Simon, Adapted from the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, Original Broadway Production Produced by Heidi Lamdsman, Rick Steiner, Frederic H. Mayerson, Elizabeth Williams, Jujamcyn Theatres/TV ASAHI, and Dodger Productions, originally produced by the Virginia Stage Company, Charles Towers, Artistic Director

Historian’s Corner

The third show of the 76th season was the Tony Award-Winning musical “The Secret Garden.” For the run of the show, the parts of Mary Lennox and Margaret Shelly were played in rotation by Leah Pryor and Jessica Shogar. The parts of Colin Craven and Oliver Shelly were played in rotation by Joshua McCauley and Patrick Turner. The production received high praise for performances. In the audience were a number of little girls, dressed as Mary Lennox look-a-likes, waiting after the show to get autographs from the cast. The program also announced the 1999-2000 upcoming season.