The Secret Garden at DeBaun


Plan ahead, and be sure to book a show in October!


DeBaun Center opens with “The Secret Garden”

Performance Dates: October 17, 18, 24 & 25, 2008 at 8 p.m. and October 19 & 26, 2008 at 3 p.m.
Location: DeBaun Auditorium, Edwin A. Stevens Hall, 5th & Hudson Sts., Hoboken, NJ (Accessible by PATH and Light Rail); Discounted parking and directions
Tickets: $25 for adults, $20 for students and seniors, $15 for children under 12
Dinner & Show Package: $45 per person—includes a ticket to the show and dinner at Court Street Restaurant & Bar (gratuity and drinks not included)
Discover Jersey Arts Discount: Buy one ticket, get another ticket free on Friday evening performances; 20% discount off ticket price for all other performances.
Box Office: 201-216-8937, or

About The Secret Garden

“The Secret Garden is a musical based on the 1909 novel of the same name by Frances Hodgson Burnett. The musical, set in 1906, tells of a young English girl, Mary, who is forced to move to England from colonial India when her parents die in a cholera outbreak. There she lives with her emotionally stunted Uncle Archibald and her invalid cousin. Discovering a hidden and neglected garden, and bravely overcoming dark forces, she and a young gardener bring it back to life at the same time as she brings new life to her cousin and uncle.”

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“The musical’s book and lyrics are by Marsha Norman, with music by Lucy Simon. It premiered on Broadway at the St. James Theatre on April 25, 1991 and closed on January 3, 1993 after 709 performances. The Secret Garden garnered 1991 Tony Awards for Best Book of a Musical, Best Featured Actress in a Musical and Best Scenic Design. The set resembled an enormous Victorian toy theatre with pop-out figures, large paper dolls, and Joseph Cornell-like collage elements.

The Theater Company’s production of The Secret Garden is lead by David Zimmerman, who is also the Executive Director of DeBaun Center for Performing Arts with many credits to his name. Unlike other shows presented at DeBaun Center, this production will be presented in concert-fashion; meaning a focus is placed on the singing, music and orchestra with minimal sets, costumes and staging. “This is truly a show where the music is the most important part of the production, and thus it would be best served being produced in a concert version,” says Zimmerman. “The most difficult part is making sure the story is understood. We can stand on stage and present the songs and script, but that might not be enough for the audience. We need to present a story that our audience can understand and relate to, in addition to the beautiful music.” Since there are minimal sets and costumes, much of the show relies on the design of the sound and lights. Michael Chladil, sound designer, and Amith A. Chandrashaker, lighting designer, along with Heather Tomaszek, projection designer, help enhance the experience for the audience by providing special effects throughout the show through sound, lights and projections.

Zimmerman is joined by Meg Zervoulis as the Musical Director for The Secret Garden. Zervoulis is returning to The Theater Company after last season’s productions of Urinetown, the musical and A Christmas Carol. These two directors lead the talented ensemble cast, which includes Laura R. Bassett, Emily Beatty, Justin Birdsong, Kelly Brandeburg, Megan Buono, Tom Carberry, Leo da Silva, Neil Dingow, Brooke Dobossy, Audrey Federici, Elise Jimenez, Heather Lattuca, Douglas Lupo, Danielle C. Pennisi, Liza Poor, Maurice Richard, Kenneth Ruth, Laura Jean Smith, Kit Treece and Ryan Wonnacott, with a special appearance by Robert Gonzales Jr. For cast and director biographies and pictures, please visit the show’s webpage at”

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