THE SECRET GARDEN
September 28 and 29
October 5, 6, and 7 2018
@The Jersey Shore Arts Center
NENAproductions Theater Project Presents "The Secret Garden"
- NENAproductions Theater Project presents The Secret Garden, a musical adaptation by Pulitzer Prize-winner Marsha Norman and Lucy Simon based on Frances Hodgson Burnett's novel of the same name. Performances will take place at The Jersey Shore Arts Center, 66 Main Avenue, Fridays and Saturdays, September 28 to October 6 at 7:30pm and Sunday, October 7 at 3:00pm.
The musical is the story of young Mary Lennox, played by Maura Whalen. Miss Whalen returns to the NENA stage following the acclaimed performance last year as Small Allison in “Fun Home” Mary Lennox loses her parents to a cholera outbreak in India and is sent to live in Britain with her morose uncle Archibald Craven, played by Jeffrey Fiorello. Young Mary's liveliness changes the atmosphere of Craven's manor and her discovery of a once-beautiful but hidden garden captures audiences with a story of transforming love and redemption.
The cast also includes Amanda Munice as Lily, Kevin Polke as Dr. Neville Craven, Christina Ryan as Rose, Emily Monus as Martha, and Thomas Panzera as Dickon. The cast of 20 also includes Tara Beams, Dan Beams, Tess Beams, Frank Van Note, Frank Meybohn, Christie Leigh Carver, Lydia Szlasa, Gina Whalen, Neal Zucker, Joe Hausvater, Kieran Varian, and Jack Kelly.
This production is directed by Nick Montesano, Artistic Director of NENAproductions, with music direction by Jeff Brown.
The original broadway productions of The Secret Garden won 3 Tony Awards in 1991, for Best Score, Best Scenic Design and one for its young star, Daisy Eagan.