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The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden at Giving Tree Theater in Uptown Marion, Iowa

Regular price $26.00

Opens June 8, 2018

This enchanting classic of children's literature is reimagined in gorgeous musical style! Orphaned in India, 11 year-old Mary Lennox returns to Yorkshire to live with her embittered, reclusive uncle Archibald and his invalid son Colin. The estate's many wonders include a magic garden which beckons the children with haunting melodies and the "Dreamers", spirits from Mary's past who guide her through her new life, dramatizing The Secret Garden's compelling tale of forgiveness and renewal.

We're beyond excited to put our own unique spin on this incredible (and stunning) family musical. Fantastic music combined with a great story that we've loved for many years. This is one of those shows Heather and I have wanted to produce since we opened, but always thought it would "too big" for our cozy space. Problem solved! We intend to make this show fully immersive, staging among the crowd. Giving Tree will become an English Manor with a garden! (Rated G, Family Musical)

A musical by Marsha Norman, with music by Lucy Simon. Based on the 1911 by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

This will be the first Giving Tree show to be Co-Directed by Owners, Richie and Heather Akers. (We just love it that much, we decided to share!)

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"Elegant, entrancing...The best American musical of the Broadway season." -Time

"A splendid, intelligent musical...It's all you can hope for in children's theatre. But the best surprise is that this show is the most adult new musical of the season."- USA Today

"A many splendored children's fable that neither cloys or loses grip on its unique spell."-Newsday

"Revels in theatrical imagination [and] achieves the irresistible appeal that moves audiences to standing ovations."-Christian Science Monitor


Information coming soon!

Seats & Space

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Seating options consist of carefully curated vintage couches, sofas, side chairs, and more comfort than you'll find at any other theater in the region. The audience space is thoughtfully arranged to make sure patrons are as comfortable in Giving Tree as they are in their own homes. Although more seats could be installed to accommodate larger audiences, Giving Tree is focused on seating quality vs. quantity, and limiting availability to place more comfortable “non-traditional” seating.


    Living Room Seating

    Sofas, Couches, and ultra-comfortable seating.

    Cabaret Seating

    Comfortable side chairs with small tables to rest drinks and elbows.

    Flex Seating

    Feeling carefree? Flex Seating offers a lower price, and you're still guaranteed a comfy seat in either our Cabaret section or the Living Room section. The only catch: you won't know what section you are in until you arrive for the show. Limited availability per performance. No worries, we always work hard to make sure you sit with your friends!

    Reserved Boxes

    Box Suites - Prime viewing set in “perched” locations at the rear of the performance space. Note: All Box seats are only accessible via steps

    "Buddy Box" for up to 4. 
    "Love Box" for up to 2.
    "Party Box" balcony can seat 8-16. (Call to reserve.) 


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