“The Secret Garden”is based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. It’s a beautiful tale of rejuvenation. Just like the dead garden that comes back to life, many of the story’s characters have a similar rebirth.
The show begins in India 1905, where we find Mary all alone. Her parents have died of a cholera outbreak. She is sent to England to live with her uncle who still, after ten years, grieves for his deceased wife. At his large estate, Mary meets her invalid cousin, Colin and she learns of the existence of a secret garden.
I enjoyed reading the novel as a young girl and even more so as an adult. Whether or not you’ve read it before, I encourage you to open the book. You won’t be disappointed. It’s a beautiful and magical story that continues to enchant readers over a hundred years after its publication.
I recently uncovered the playbill from my performance of “The Secret Garden” back in 1996! Looking back at my director’s notes, he wrote, “And so ‘The Secret Garden’...contains lessons for us at any age. It encourages us to seek balance in our lives; to find hope and rejuvenation and happiness in what might appear to be a hopeless situation. This play celebrates the resiliency of our remarkable human spirit.” I fell in love with the show then and I’m so glad to share it now.
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BHS Chorus and Musical Director