The New Minowa Players will present the award winning musical The Secret Garden Thursday through Sunday, Jan. 22-25, and  Friday and Saturday, Jan. 30 and 31, in Decorah.

Evening performances start at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22 through Saturday, Jan. 24, and Friday and Saturday, Jan. 30 and 31, with matinee performances at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25 and 31. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under and are available at the Oneota food Co-op during January or at the New Minowa Players Theatre (906 South Mill St., Decorah) one hour prior to show time.

The NMP performance of the Secret Garden is directed by Sheryl Scheffert with musical direction by Zach Busch. 

This enchanting musical for the whole family is based on the classic novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett.  The book for the musical is written by Marsha Norman, with music and lyrics composed by Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman. The plot follows Mary Lennox (Anna Townswick) as she is forced to move from India, where she was born, to Yorkshire, England after her parents Albert (Carl Peterson) and Rose (Marie Sauze) die from a cholera epidemic.

Once in Yorkshire, Mary learns that she will live with her uncle Archibald Craven (Matt Spencer) in a large house that is quite melancholy. Having lost his wife, and Mary’s aunt, Lilly (Claire Thompson) he is a sour man but insists that Mary will stay, as they are her only living family. Just like in India, Mary is taken care of by servants: Mrs. Medlock (Karen Esterl) and Martha (Kate Duffert). 

After a rough start, Mary discovers the vast grounds of her uncle’s home including all the gardens and becomes intrigued by the locked “secret garden” that once belonged to her aunt. Gardener Ben Weatherstaff (Everett Wegge) and Martha’s brother Dickon (Jordan Humpal) teach Mary about gardens and the reasons behind the locked gates to the secret garden and Mary becomes determined to find her way into the special garden.

One night, upon hearing crying in the large house, Mary goes exploring and discovers a young boy, her cousin, Colin (Kaj SpencerBerg). A sick young man, he has been kept in his room by his doctor and uncle: Dr. Neville Craven (Rick Scheffert). After “disturbing” her cousin, Dr. Craven decides it is time to send Mary to boarding school and invites headmistress Mrs. Winthrop (Donalee Burns) over to interview Mary.  
Mary, strong willed as ever, and with the support of Martha and Dicken, continues to work on the Secret Garden and bring news of the project to Colin. As the climax approaches and no one knows what will become of Mary, the brave young girl writes to her uncle Archibald and asks him to come from Paris. 

Throughout the show a group of “dreamers” (Sarah Brandt, Finn Deen-Lester, Indigo Fish, Kyna Henson, Madison McCabe and Crystal Harrell) come to Mary and offer her advice and information to help her on her quest.

This show is appropriate for audiences of all ages.

The Secret Garden is generously sponsored by Decorah Bank and Trust Company, A & J Petersburg – Insurance and Real Estate, Family Table Restaurant, Pizza Ranch and Rubaiyat Restaurant.