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Frances Hodgson Burnett
Full Length Musical, Drama
8m, 7f, 1boy(s), 1girl(s)
The long-awaited new 70-minute version of the beloved musical, The Secret Garden.
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Full Length Musical
Theatre for Young Audiences
Time Period - Contemporary, 1900-1910
Settings Of Play - Colonial India and Misselthwaite Manor in England. 1906.
Unit Set/Multiple Settings
Childhood, Death, Friendship, Illness/Health, Love, Parenting/Family
Appropriate for all audiences
Jr High/Primary, High School/Secondary, Large Stage
Tony, From Broadway
This new "Spring Version" promises to be a treasure for children and adults!
"This heartwarming story is beautifully told in Lucy Simon's alternately gorgeous and lilting score, most of whose best songs are heard in full, even in this 75-minute version of the show." - The Stage, Read More
"Due to careful editing down to a pacy 70 minutes all-through...the young (and not so young) loved it!" - Broadway World, Read More
RELATED ARTICLE ON BREAKING CHARACTERStaff Picks: THE SECRET GARDENby Courtney Kochuba with Ben ColemanJanuary 13, 2015
Expandable casting, Features Children, Roles for Children, Room for Extras
The chorus of the Spring version is comprised of any number of student singers of any age placed onstage at the discretion of the Director, not formally as if they were actually a chorus, but casually, as if they were reading the novel on the floor of their rooms. They may also participate occasionally, at the end of Act 1 and in the Night Garden scene. The Director is free to make use of individuals who are gifted singers or dancers in scenes as appropriate. Our personal favorite idea is that the Readers are sometimes fellow travelers, sometimes garden sprites, and sometimes just readers. They need not always be reading, nor need they all appear in every scene. But we need at least one of them onstage in every scene to secure the convention. Our only request is that their presence never detract from the main action. The places where they must sing are indicated in the script and score.
SPIRITS: ALBERT and ROSE LENNOX – Mary’s ParentsLILY CRAVEN – Colin’s Mother
AT MISSELTHWAITE:ARCHIBALD CRAVEN – Mary’s Uncle, Colin’s FatherDR. NEVILLE CRAVEN – Archibald’s brotherMRS. MEDLOCK – Archibald’s housekeeperBEN WEATHERSTAFF – The Head GardenerMARTHA – a housemaidDICKON – Martha’s brother, a magical boy who talks to birdsMRS. WINTHROP – headmistress of the Aberdeen School for GirlsTwo MEN and Two WOMEN – servants, passengers, Indian officers, etc.
There's A Girl
The House Upon the Hill
I Heard Someone Crying
A Girl in the Valley
It's A Maze
Show Me The Key
A Bit of Earth
Come to My Garden
Come Spirit, Come Charm
How Could I Ever Know?
The Secret Garden, Spring Version
Marsha Norman - award winning playwright - won the 1983 Pulitzer Prize, Blackburn Prize, Hull-Warriner, and Drama Desk Awards for her play 'Night, Mother. In 1992 she won a Tony Award and a Drama Desk Award for her book for the Broadway musical, The Secret Garden. She also wrote the book for the Broadway musical, The Color Purple, for which she also received a Tony nomination. The Color Purple is ... view full profile
Lucy Simon began her professional career at age 16 with her sister Carly as part of The Simon Sisters. She made her Broadway debut in 1991 as the composer of The Secret Garden, for which she received Tony and Drama Desk nominations, The Drama Loge Award, and a Grammy nomination for the recording of the score. The Secret Garden was produced in Australia in 1995 by the Gordon Frost Organization and ... view full profile
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