Book by Jim Crabtree. Music and lyrics by Sharon Burgett. Additional lyrics by Sue Beckwith-Smith and Diana Matterson. From the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett.
Cast: 3m., 3w. (1 boy, 1 girl, 3 puppet characters.) This Secret Garden, the original British musical stage adaptation of the famous story, focuses especially on the children's characters and Mary's friendship with the maid Martha and the gardener Ben. It includes several of Frances Hodgson Burnett's delightful animal characters conceived as puppets. The American premiere at Tennessee's Cumberland County Playhouse brought raves from the audiences and critics alike. This exceptional family audience musical can be staged on a grand scale or very simply, on a bare stage with props to suggest various locations including an Episcopal funeral in India; a sailing ship at sea; a resort in Italy; Mary's room at Misselthwaite; and, of course, inside the Secret Garden. Approximate Running Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes.