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Oberlin Summer Theater Festival presents ‘The Secret Garden’

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Opening night is Friday, July 11, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

“Where you tend a rose, my lad, a thistle cannot grow.”

Oberlin Summer Festival will be holding its opening night for Frances Hodgson Burnett’s “The Secret Garden” (adapted on stage by Thomas W. Olson). All performances will be held at the Hall Auditorium that is located at 67 North Main Street, Oberlin, Ohio. The Auditorium is air-conditioned and a sweater is recommended.

The play is based on the 1910 children’s classic and is the story of a contrary young orphan, Mary Lennox. Mary is sent to live with her Uncle Craven in the foreboding Misselthwaite Manor. She is paired with her sickly cousin, Colin, and together they find a secret garden where they discover the healing power of nature. The play’s adaptation was originally commissioned and performed by the Children’s Theater Company of Minneapolis and is family friendly for all ages.

This show is part of the 2014 summer season for OSF. The other two shows are “As You Like It” and “Come Back, Little Sheba”.

Show times and dates for “The Secret Garden”

“The Secret Garden” will play on July 11, 13, 19, 22, 24, and 30th at 700 p.m. and on July 12, 16, 20, 26 and August 2 at 2:00 p.m.

Admission is no charge but reservations are recommended. You can researve your tickets by calling (440) 775-8169, by e-mailing or by going on-line at

About Oberlin Summer Festival

OSTF’s mission is to share professional productions of theater masterpieces with the northeastern Ohio community. In an effort to make its shows accessible and family-friendly, admission is free, ensuring that anyone can enjoy the unique experience of live theater. Audiences should make time to explore Oberlin’s charming downtown, with its shops, galleries, and diverse restaurants, as well as Tappan Square, which is perfect for a picnic between shows. Out of consideration for other audience members, babies and toddlers will not be admitted into the theater.

The performance is running approximately one hour and twenty minutes with no intermission, and will take place in air-conditioned Hall Auditorium (bring a sweater!).