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Preview of the Musical, The Secret Garden

Updated: Feb 21

By Dalton Chapman, Staff Reporter


Hardin-Simmons University Department of Theatre will be performing the musical The Secret Garden. It will be hosted in Behren’s Chapel and the showings are Feb. 5 through Feb. 8 at 7:30 p.m., as well as Feb. 8 through Feb. 9 at 2 p.m. Admission for HSU faculty, staff and students is $5. The cost of admission for military, senior citizens and outside students is $10. General admission is $15.

Dr. Chris Hollingsworth, associate professor of voice and director of opera, shared about what the musical entails.“The Secret Garden is a classic novel with lush music and will draw the crowd in,” Dr. Hollingsworth said.


Dr. Hollingsworth explained that the main point of the story is that even though there is tremendous loss, he hopes that hope is what is taken away.


Emily Hatch, a student at HSU, plays Lilly in The Secret Garden. “I love connecting to the characters as well as connecting with the audience,” Hatch said.


Hatch wants people to know that the musical is at a different time, so it would help to be open to the different types of music in the play. With that being said, she also thinks the music is more classical, but it is very beautiful and heartwarming.


The story starts off with a little 10-year-old girl named Mary Lennox who lived in India since birth. With her entire family dead, she is sent back to England with her only remaining relation, her mother’s sister named Lilly. Lilly is the aunt of Mary and the garden in the musical belongs to her. She loves this garden and when Mary gets there, she starts looking for the garden.


The Secret Garden was originally a book written by Frances Hodgson Burnett in 1911. The first performance of the show was in 1991 on Broadway. The lyrics were written by Marsha Norman and the music was written by Lucy Simon.