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 arizona.tix.com
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Production Sponsors: Pat Engels & Richard Medland ###
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