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Many many years ago (about 20!) when I was in high school, my mom took my sister and I to see a local production of the musical The Secret Garden. This show is based on the classic book of the same name by Frances Hodgson Burnett. I remember being blown away by the songs (written by Lucy Simon) and how the entire show was haunting and inspiring all at the same time. I bought the soundtrack and listened to it time and time again. For years I have looked for this show to come to a theatre nearby and was absolutely thrilled when I discovered that Arden Theatre Co will perform The Secret Garden on its F. Otto Haas Stage through June 19, 2016.
Of course, it turns out that waiting years to see this show for a 2nd time was worth the wait. That’s because now I have this theatre-loving kid (an actress herself!) who splits her time evenly between riding ponies and enjoying Broadway showtunes. Last weekend Lily and I had a great day in Philadelphia checking out a preview performance of The Secret Garden at the Arden.
The iconic role of Mary Lennox is played by Bailey Ryon. We just missed seeing Bailey when she starred as Matilda in Matilda the Musical on Broadway so we were excited to have the chance to see her perform. This young lady did not disappoint! In fact, the entire cast was absolutely mesmerizing. I was moved to tears more than once during the show, as was the majority of the audience around me. The songs themselves are incredibly moving and this cast brought every line to life on that stage.
I have to tell you – I loved the show so much, I hope to get the chance to see it again before the end of its run.
I would recommend seeing this show, and as far as age goes, it’s probably best suited for tweens and up. If you’re not familiar with the original story, Mary’s parents die of cholera at the beginning of the story. Death is a theme that comes up at various times throughout the show, so just use your judgement based on your own kiddos.
For tickets, call the Box Office at 215.922.1122 or visit www.ardentheatre.org or walk-up at the box office, 40 N. 2nd Street. Ticket prices range from $36-$50 for adults depending on the performance chosen. Group discounts available for 15+. Student Rush tickets at the door 30 minutes before curtain for $10 cash, pending availability (must present valid student ID).
I have one family 4-pack of tickets to The Secret Garden at Arden Theatre Co to give away to one lucky reader!