The Secret Garden, Spring Version

by  Marsha Norman, Lucy Simon, 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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The Secret Garden, Spring Version
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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    8m, 7f, 1boy(s), 1girl(s)
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Theatre for Young Audiences
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Tony, From Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

The long-awaited new 70-minute version of the beloved musical, The Secret Garden, is as beautiful and spirited as the original in just half the time.

This new "Spring Version" promises to be a treasure for children and adults!

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Reviews


"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


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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Jr High/Primary
  • High School/Secondary
  • Large Stage

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Licensing fees and rental materials quoted upon application.

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, 1900-1910
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: Colonial India and Misselthwaite Manor in England. 1906.
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: Classic Broadway
  • Vocal Demands: Easy
  • Orchestra Size: Piano Only
  • Chorus Size: Medium

Song Samples

Prelude
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There's A Girl
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The House Upon the Hill
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I Heard Someone Crying
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A Girl in the Valley
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It's A Maze
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Show Me The Key
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A Bit of Earth
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Wick
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Come to My Garden
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Come Spirit, Come Charm
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Hold On
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Letter Song
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How Could I Ever Know?
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Finale
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Casting

8m, 7f, 1boy(s), 1girl(s)

MARY LENNOX - an orphan girl of about 10
COLIN CRAVEN - a sickly boy of about 10. Mary and Colin are cousins, their mothers were sisters

SPIRITS: 
ALBERT and ROSE LENNOX – Mary’s Parents
LILY CRAVEN – Colin’s Mother

AT MISSELTHWAITE:
ARCHIBALD CRAVEN
 – Mary’s Uncle, Colin’s Father
DR. NEVILLE CRAVEN
 – Archibald’s brother
MRS. MEDLOCK
 – Archibald’s housekeeper
BEN WEATHERSTAFF
 – The Head Gardener
MARTHA
 – a housemaid
DICKON
 – Martha’s brother, a magical boy who talks to birds
MRS. WINTHROP
 – headmistress of the Aberdeen School for Girls
Two MEN
 and Two WOMEN – servants, passengers, Indian officers, etc.

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Cast Attributes

  • Expandable casting
  • Features Children
  • Roles for Children
  • Room for Extras

Casting Notes

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.

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Full Package

1  Piano Vocal Score
20  Chorus Books

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Authors

Marsha Norman

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 C ...

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Lucy Simon

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 Secr ...

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Frances Hodgson Burnett

Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Secret Garden first appeared at the St. James Theater. Directed by Susan H. Schulman.

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