'The Secret Garden' on stage
Vol. 17, No. 27April 16, 1998

'The Secret Garden' on stage

Theatreworks/USA will present the beloved children's classic, The Secret Garden, at 2 p.m., Sunday, April 19, in Mitchell Hall. A special pre-show luncheon is scheduled at 12:30 p.m., in the Blue and Gold Club, 44 Kent Way. The program is part of the Performing Arts Junior Series.

Based on Frances Hodgson Burnett's literary classic, The Secret Garden is the story of Mary Lennox, a spoiled young English girl, raised in India, who is sent to England to live with her uncle, Archibald Craven, when her parents unexpectedly die. Mary finds her new home on the moors cold and forbidding, her uncle remote and the housekeeper tyrannical. At night, Mary is awakened by terrifying screams.

Left to her own devices, young Mary explores the manor and its vast gardens. She discovers the source of the cries-her cousin Colin, a neglected invalid who is confined to bed-and she meets Dickson, a gregarious local boy. Eventually, the three children discover a locked, abandoned garden on the grounds. As they tend it, their friendships grow and their spirits heal. The garden becomes their secret place where they come to believe in miracles.

Founded 37 years ago, Theatreworks/USA is America's foremost professional theatre for young and family audiences. At home in New York and touring across the country to theatres, arts centers and schools, Theatreworks has performed for approximately 42 million people in 49 states, with an annual audience of close to 4 million.

Menu highlights for the luncheon include baked stuffed eggplant, Virginia baked ham, soup, salad, rice pilaf, grilled vegetables and assorted desserts.

Cost for the performance only is $10 for the general public, $8 for UD faculty, staff, alumni and senior citizens, and $5 for students and children. With lunch, costs are $25 for the general public, $23 for UD faculty, staff, alumni and senior citizens and $12 for students and children 5-11. Children under the age of 5 eat for free.

For tickets or information, call the Hartshorn box office at 831-2204.