The Secret Garden
1419 H Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
: (916) 557-1999
The enchanting literary classic is reimagined in brilliant musical style. A compelling tale of forgiveness and renewal, The Secret Garden won three Tony Awards and three Drama Desk Awards when it premiered on Broadway in 1991. Orphaned in India, 11-year-old Mary Lennox returns to Yorkshire to live with her embittered, reclusive uncle Archibald and his disabled son Colin. The estate's many wonders include a magic garden which beckons the children with haunting melodies and spirits from Mary's past who guide her through her new life. Note: Very young children may be frightened by elements of the musical, or have difficulty following its plot. Two of the main characters--a recently-orphaned young girl and her widowed uncle--are struggling to deal with the intense grief that comes from the loss of loved ones. The characters who have died appear as ghosts but not in a menacing way. While dark at times, the musical's overall message is a positive one, that nature and friendship can help assuage grief.