The Secret Garden
Frances Hodgson Burnett’s beloved victorian classic, The Secret Garden, blossoms anew in this heartwarming, family-friendly musical by Pulitzer Prize-winner Marsha Norman and Lucy Simon. When young Mary Lennox loses her parents to a cholera outbreak in India, she is sent to live with her uncle, hermit Archibald Craven, who lives in an imposing, secluded manor on the British heath. Inside the house upon the hill, Mary finds a reclusive, long-suffering collection of lives in need of reconciliation. Since her aunt Lily’s death, Mary’s uncle has pushed away his surviving loved ones, leaving his bedridden son, Colin, alone. Sickly Colin, hidden away in the depths of the manor, bears the guilt of his mother’s death on his crippled shoulders. When Mary discovers her Aunt Lily’s hidden garden, locked shut and overgrown with vines, stubborn Mary is determined to revive the beauty that once was. Determined, Mary begins to peel away the layers of sadness that cover the house and the garden, showing us the power of love and acceptance that “one small girl” can have when she “wants things to grow.”
PoiemArtistry takes this classic musical and transforms the stage into a canvas on which to paint a picture of restoration and healing. Beautiful ballads, authentic costuming, and relatable characters combine to make this a memorable highlight of the new year.