- $25 for one ticket to see Sarasota Ballet perform The Secret Garden (up to $75 value)
- When: August 13–16; choose a showtime upon purchase.
- Where: FSU Center for the Performing Arts
- Seating: orchestra or mezzanine section
- Door time: one hour before showtime
- Ticket values include all fees.
The Secret Garden
In Frances Hodgson Burnett’s beloved novel The Secret Garden, Mary Lennox and Colin Craven are lonely children, abandoned by their families amid great wealth. Their story is one of finding companionship with other people and the natural world—and in British choreographer Will Tuckett’s new adaptation, Mary and Colin get a few more exciting new friends. This world-premiere production stars not only human dancers and specially trained plants, but also a set of colorful puppets portraying foxes, bunnies, and a chipper robin redbreast. An onstage narrator makes the story accessible to even the littlest audience members.
Tuckett is no stranger to conjuring a playful sense of magic on stage. His similarly puppet-filled production of The Wind and the Willows earned two Olivier Award nominations, and was praised by the New York Times for its “ingenious choreography” and “dextrous interweaving of text, music, and action.” His fellow conjurers in this production are equally well-suited to the story: composer Jeremy Holland-Smith has previously orchestrated a version of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and set designer Tim Meacock is known for his adaptations of fairy tales in the U.K.
Founded in 1990, the Sarasota Ballet is still relatively young—but then, ballet is an art form designed for young prodigies. In under three decades, the company led by acclaimed director Iain Webb has cemented its reputation as both a reliable source of ballet standards and an innovative troupe unafraid to break genre conventions. Besides commissioning brand new pieces to stage, the company is known for integrating child-friendly elements into their performances, from puppets to multiplication tables. They’ve earned high praise from such sources as the New York Times, who found “glittering virtuoso ballerinas” and plenty of “charm, wit, humanity, affection, [and] love of dance itself” on display.