Tickets to The Secret Garden are $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens (62+), $8 for youth (k-12 and non-USD students), and $4 for USD students with a valid University ID. The box office will be open in the afternoons beginning Monday, Nov. 21. Phone reservations can be made by calling the box office at (605) 677-5400.
Based on the popular novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden tells the story of Mary Lennox (Axtell), an 11-year-old orphan who, after surviving a cholera epidemic in India, is sent to Yorkshire, England, to live with Archibald Craven, a reclusive uncle, and his invalid son Colin (Van Den Hul) on their estate.�Archibald (Andy Heller, Omaha, NE), who continues to grieve the loss of his beloved wife Lily (Nanette Hofer, Sioux Falls) who died 10 years earlier during childbirth, casts a dark shadow over the manor until Mary discovers a secret garden that once belonged to Lily.
By nursing the much neglected garden back to life, Mary magically restores life to her grieving uncle and his sick son.
Matt Nesmith (Brookings), a third year graduate student in the M.F.A. directing program who also recently completed a master of music degree at USD, serves as stage and music director. Dr. Rick Rognstad (Vermillion), professor of music, conducts the orchestra, while while theatre faculty Tim Case (Sioux City, IA) designs the scenery and Amanda Fehlner (Tabor, IA) designs the costumes. Debra Workman (Vermillion) is choreographer, and Priscilla Hagen (Vermillion) serves as dialect coach. Graduate student Susan Hill (Albuquerque, NM) designs the lighting, and Chris Schloss (Yankton), an undergraduate theatre major, coordinates the sound design.
The Secret Garden opened on Broadway at the St. James Theater on April 25, 1991. The cast featured Mandy Patinkin as Archibald, Rebecca Luker as Lily, and Daisy Eagan as Mary. Ms. Eagan became the youngest actress ever to win a Tony for her portrayal of Mary.
y, while playwright Marsha Norman won a Tony Award for "Best Book of a Musical." Popular songs from the show include, Lily's Eyes, A Bit of Earth, and Come Spirit, Come Charm.�