The Secret Garden
"Adventurous theater in Astoria"

-- The New York Times

Book and Lyrics by Marsha Norman
Music by Lucy Simon
Based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett

“After a Broadway season of overblown, mindless musicals that place more emphasis on volume and special effects than story, consider APAC’s The Secret Garden an elegant palate cleanser, a reminder of how potent passionate theater can be, even without all the expensive flash.” –

Outstanding Production of a Musical

The Secret Garden

May 3 – 26, 2012 


Living in a lonely manor house in 1906 England, Archibald Craven yearns for his beautiful, late wife. He blames his crippled son, Colin, for his wife’s death and has left him neglected and isolated. Their quiet routine is turned upside down when young Mary Lennox, a rich, spoiled child, is sent to live with them following the death of her parents by cholera in India. While living at the manor house, Mary discovers a secret walled garden hidden in the grounds and releases the magic and adventures locked inside, changing their lives forever. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Marsha Norman, in collaboration with composer Lucy Simon, achieved Broadway success with the moving book and lyrics adapted from Frances Hodgson Burnett’s beloved 1911 novel. Using the classic form of the traditional American musical, they have fashioned a faithful rendition of the novel, equally appealing to children and adults, to devotees of the novel and to The Secret Garden newcomers as well.

Supported in part by public funds from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council as well as NYSCA, and the Dramatist Guild Fund. Special Thanks to Council Member Peter Vallone, Jr.


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Inside The Secret Garden


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Casting Announced for The Secret Garden at the Astoria Performing Arts Center –

Hannah Lewis, Jennifer Evans to Star in Astoria Performing Arts Center’s The Secret Garden –


“The musical has great momentum from beginning to end, aided by the evocative lighting and miraculous set that work together toward a fantastic surprise. People in the audience around me wept for joy as the piece culminated, and I left feeling truly uplifted. This is a terrific show for kids who are around 10 or older, one to enjoy with the family, or even for a date night.” – The Queens Gazette

“With his staging, director Tom Wojtunik works a good bit of magic, using the space’s small stage and high ceilings to great effect. And the intricate and vertical set design of Michael P. Kramer, along with the music by Jeffrey Campos and his band, create a world that is both useful to the play and exciting on its own.” –

Blog Posts

Profound Possibilities for Humankind (Tom Wojtunik on Directing The Secret Garden)

‘I am truly humbled by the experience’ (Scott Wojcik on Casting The Secret Garden)

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