Secret Garden

The Secret Garden

Experience the enchanting Tony Award-winning musical THE SECRET GARDEN written by Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman, based on the 1911 novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. The heartwarming story and spectacular musical score will be performed by a live orchestra and stunning cast, headlining Michael Chaffin (Archibald), Kimberly Chaffin (Lily) and Christopher Will (Neville). Child actors Anna Howe and Josiah Chaffin will play the roles of Mary & Colin. A musical treat for the entire family!

SEASON 2018-19

The Secret Garden - March 22nd – 31st

Tucson Starlight Awards - May 12th

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Let Freedom Sing - July 4th

A Christmas Carol - Dec 6th – 15th

MARCH 22nd - 31st, 2019

Berger Performing Arts Center - 1200 W Speedway Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85745

This is the full-length Broadway production of The Secret Garden.  It is recommended for audience members ages 8-108.


Friday, Mar 22nd

3/22/2018  @ 7:00 pm

Saturday, Mar 23rd

3/23/2018  @ 2:00 & 7:00 pm

Sunday, Mar 24th

3/24/2018  @ 2:00 pm


Friday, Mar 29th

3/29/2018  @ 7:00 pm

Saturday, Mar 30th

3/30/2018  @ 2:00 & 7:00 pm

Sunday, Mar 31st

3/24/2018  @ 2:00 pm

Photos from various nationwide productions of The Secret Garden


$20 General  •  $15 Senior (65+)/ Students /Military  •  $10 Children (12 & under)

$5 UPGRADE:  Get Pre-seating and attend The Meet Frances Hodgson Burnett Pre-show.  Hear “first hand” how this intriguing author sowed the seeds of her real life inspirations to create the unforgettable Secret Garden characters.

*Ticket Prices Increase by $5 at the Door

Or call (520) 319-0400

SYNOPSIS:Frances Hodgson Burnett’s beloved victorian classic, The Secret Garden, blossoms anew in this enchanting musical by Pulitzer Prize-winner Marsha Norman and Lucy Simon. When young Mary Lennox loses her parents to a cholera outbreak in India, she is sent to live with her uncle, hermit Archibald Craven, who lives in an imposing, secluded manor on the British heath. Inside the haunting house upon the hill, Mary finds a reclusive, long-suffering collection of souls. Since her aunt Lily’s death, Mary’s uncle has pushed away his surviving loved ones, leaving his bedridden son, Colin, alone. Sickly Colin, hidden away in the depths of the manner, bears the guilt of his mother’s death on his crippled shoulders. When Mary discovers her Aunt Lily’s hidden garden, locked shot and overgrown with vines, stubborn Mary is determined to revive the beauty that once was. Surrounded by spirits from the past, who both warn and welcome her, determined Mary begins to peel away the layers of sadness that cover the house and the garden, showing us the power that “one small girl” can have when she “wants things to grow."

Meet the Directors

Nancy Davis Booth, Director
NANCY DAVIS BOOTH is a nationally acclaimed soprano, teacher and director. In addition to her professional performing career, she has served on the faculties of Butler University in Indianapolis and Concordia College in Minnesota. She returned to Tucson in 2010 and taught in both the theater and music departments at Pima Community College teaching acting, musical theater, voice and directed main stage and black box productions. Her performing credits include symphonies, opera and theater companies, headlining on cruise ships, cabaret, summer festivals, community artist series and corporate clientele. She also served as clinician and judge for the Great American Songbook Competition with the Michael Feinstein Foundation.
Anne Grimes, Music Director

Bio coming soon!

Simone Jolivet-Manuel - Choreographer

Simone Jolivet-Manuel, a member of that rare breed of Tucsonans actually born in Tucson. She received her BA from Northern Arizona University and her M.Ed in Elementary Education. Simone began dancing at the age of 7, she continued training over the years with workshops and conventions across the country with high-end choreographers - Savion Glover, Mandy Moore, Paula Abdul, JT Hornstein, Denise Leitner and many others. Currently Simone is in her 13th year at Salpointe Catholic High School and 2nd year choreographing for Arts Express. Simone’s professional achievements include work with Salpointe Pomline, Dance Force-1 Productions, Gaslight Theater and Danswest Productions and the 2001, 2005 and 2009 Link Cotillions. She thanks her husband Scot, children Lincoln and Maxine and her mother, for their support and love.