Monday, October 24, 2011

Tucson: UA's Arizona Repertory Theatre presents The Secret Garden


From: Pierce, Lisa Ann - (lisapierce) []
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UA’s Arizona Repertory Theatre presents The Secret Garden

Book & Lyrics by Marsha Norman, Music by Lucy Simon


based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, directed by Rob Gretta

The Secret Garden tells the story of Mary Lennox, a lonely, rich

and spoiled girl, who is sent to live with her Uncle Archibald in Yorkshire

after being orphaned by a cholera epidemic in India. Archibald casts a dark

shadow over the manor, still grieving losses of his own. All appears grim

until Mary discovers a secret garden that had once belonged to her Aunt

Lily. With the help of new friends, Mary embarks on a journey to decipher

they mystery of the garden, and to bring it back to life. This beautifully

vibrant, musical tale reminds us about love, friendship and most of all,



UA Assistant Musical Theatre Professor, Rob Gretta, said he

recalls borrowing his sister’s copy of the novel, The Secret Garden, as a

child and being captivated by it. He said that he read the Frances Hodgson

Burnett novel numerous times.


“The mystery, excitement and supernatural aspects of the hidden

garden enthralled me beyond belief,” said Gretta. “Although it’s a rather

dark tale of sickness, death and despair, it’s truly about hope, rebirth and

rejuvenation of the human soul and psyche.”

Critics from all over the globe have agreed that the music from this

theatrical story is tantalizingly haunting and gorgeous at the same time.

Gretta, who is directing the Arizona Repertory Theatre’s production,

agrees. “The music is so glorious and just soars, like in such numbers as

Lily’s Eyes, How Could I Ever Know? and Come to My Garden,” Gretta

said. Gretta believes that the lush and mesmerizing musical scores will

definitely touch the heart, reawaken the soul and move audiences of all



Dates & Times:

Previews: Nov 6 at 1:30pm, Nov 7 at 7:30pm

Evenings: Nov 9-12, 17-19, Dec 2-3 at 7:30pm

Matinees: Nov 13, 19-20, Dec 4 at 1:30pm

Place: Marroney Theatre on the UA campus located near the SE corner of Park Avenue and Speedway Boulevard.


Cost/Admission: Regular $31, Senior/UA Employee/Military $29, Student $21, Preview $20.

Ticket Information: UA Fine Arts Box Office, (520) 621-1162 or

Parking: Park Avenue Garage, located on Park Avenue just north of Speedway Blvd. Pre-paid parking is available for weekday evening performances. Saturday and Sunday there is no charge to park.

If you have special needs for parking, please call UA Parking & Transportation Services at (520) 621-3550.


Media Contact: Lisa Pierce, (520) 626-2686,

Production Sponsors: Pat Engels & Richard Medland ###



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