The Secret Garden
Apr 14 – May 6, 2017
Book & Lyrics by Marsha Norman
Plan Your Visit
Whether this is your first visit to The 5th Avenue Theatre or your 50th, we want to ensure that you enjoy every moment. If you have any questions about the theater accommodations or services, please call 206-625-1900 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Productions begin promptly, so please arrive at least 15 minutes early. Doors open 45 minutes before the show and seating begins 30 minutes before the curtain.
Patrons arriving late will be seated at the first suitable pause in the performance in the least disruptive location. Following intermission, an usher will help you find your seat.
All performances will take place as scheduled, regardless of weather conditions.
The 5th Avenue Theatre welcomes children ages 4 and older. Children under 4 years of age, including babes in arms, will not be admitted.
Please leave the following information with your sitter or service, so we can quickly locate you in the event of an emergency:
Theatre Coat Check phone: 206-625-1294
Coat Check, Assistive Devices, and Special Needs
Complimentary Coat Check is located in the lobby next to Aisle 3. You may check any item you don’t wish to carry into the theater. Booster seats, assistive listening headsets, and Braille playbills are available at no charge. Binoculars may be rented for $5.00.
Food & Drinks
Refreshments are available for purchase on both levels of the lobby before the performance and during intermission. Candy and beverages purchased at the lobby concession stand may be brought into the theatre. Beverages must be in a bottle with cap or a theater cup with lid.
Ticket Refunds & Exchanges
You may exchange your tickets if you do so 24 hours or more prior to your scheduled performance date. Subscribers may exchange tickets with no exchange fee. Single-ticket buyers are charged an exchange fee. Please note: Tickets are non-refundable.
If you lose or forget your tickets, please call 206-625-1900 or 888-5TH-4TIX for a replacement. You may pick up your tickets at the Box Office on the day of the show.
We strongly discourage patrons from purchasing tickets through outside vendors. Tickets bought from scalpers, brokers or by other third-party means may be counterfeit or inadmissible, and they are often grossly overpriced. These purchases do not benefit the performers, producers or The 5th Avenue Theatre. Purchasing directly from the 5th Avenue Theatre is your best bet for best seats and best available prices.
Cameras & Recorders
The use of cameras and video or audio recording equipment is strictly prohibited. You may leave these items at the Coat Check.
Smoking is not allowed in any part of the theater nor within 25 feet of the theater entrance.
No firearms of any kind are allowed in any part of the theater.
Ask an Usher
If you experience any discomfort during a performance, an usher or the House Manager will be glad to assist you.
The Secret Garden
The Secret Garden, based on the classic children’s book by Frances Hodgson Burnett (The Little Princess), tells the story of Mary Lennox, a 10-year-old girl suddenly orphaned in India, who is sent to her uncle’s mysterious house in the moors of Yorkshire.
Adult Language: None
Sexual References: None
The show opens with Mary going to bed in her room as her parents host a party in the rooms below; when she wakes in the morning, her family, the guests, and the household servants have all died of cholera (this is conveyed only symbolically onstage as the characters dance passing a red handkerchief and drop out of the game one by one). These characters – along with Mary’s Aunt Lily, who died in childbirth – are “The Dreamers,” whose songs comment on the action; shadows from the past, they haunt those still alive who are grieving. At one point, Mary asks her uncle, “Is my Aunt Lily a ghost now? Does everyone who dies become a ghost?” He replies, “They’re only a ghost if someone alive is still holding onto them.”
At one point, Mary accuses her uncle’s brother Dr. Craven of not wanting her sickly cousin Colin to get well: “You want him to die so you can have this house!” Dr. Craven raises his hand to hit her, but controls himself and sends her from the room.