Posting Date: March 21, 2012


KSU presents “The Secret Garden”

A musical adaptation of the classic children’s story

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KENNESAW, Ga.—The Kennesaw State University Department of Theatre, Performance Studies & Dance will present “The Secret Garden” April 10 through 15 in the Howard Logan Stillwell Theater. Directed by Dean Adams, artistic director and associate professor of theater, this production is co-produced with School of Music under the musical direction of Russell Young, associate professor of music.  


Based on the popular children’s novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett and adapted by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Marsha Norman for Broadway, “The Secret Garden” “focuses on Mary Lennox’s transformation from spoiled orphan child to a young girl who discovers the power of spirit, earth and life and the effect that it can have to give us purpose,” explains Adams.


Young and Adams chose to produce this adaptation of “The Secret Garden” because “we were interested in doing a ‘singer’s musical’” says Adams.  The cast features students from both the theater and music programs.  In addition, the roles of Mary Lennox and Colin Craven will be played by two children from the community.   


With this production Adams hopes audiences will be able to gain insight into their own lives.  Adams says audiences will be in for “a magical experience.  A children’s tale that, like the best of children’s literature, contains a strong story that has deep thematic implications for the adults who are willing to take the journey.”


Tickets are $20 for general admission and $12 for KSU students.  Performance times are 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday.  For more information, visit the KSU box office.


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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering 80 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing, and a Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing population of more than 24,100 students from 142 countries.

The KSU College of the Arts is one of only four Georgia institutions to have achieved full national accreditation for all of its arts departments.


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