"The Secret Garden" will be the 16th and last production of the Summer Youth Musical.
Producer, director and designer Linda Hughes said that she and partner Chris Miller are retiring after this year's production.
“It has had a great run. This is our last year,” Hughes said.
The show is scheduled to run at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 6, and Saturday, July 7, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, July 8, at the Globe-News Center for Performing Arts, 500 S. Buchanan St.
The Amarillo College Summer Youth Musical program, founded by Hughes, has been going strong since 2003, the year of the first production.
Each summer 50 to 60 young actors have been involved in the summer program. Hughes said "The Secret Garden," which was written and presented for the first time in 1964, won just about every Tony Award there was at the time.
Hughes said the play was chosen to close out the year and the run of the Summer Youth Musical program because it is a haunting beautiful story, one that they have presented before. She added her group was the first in Texas to perform the musical.
“It’s a beautiful tale. A gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous musical,” Hughes said
The story is about hope, friendships, loss and everything you can imagine, she said.
The musical is based on the children's book by Frances Hodgson Burnett, originally published in 1911, and script and lyrics are by Marsha Norman, with music by Lucy Simon. It premiered on Broadway in 1991.
"The Secret Garden" is a period piece set in 1906 India and London. There will be 38 student actors on stage and a student orchestra will provide a sound reminiscent of chamber music heard in ballrooms in that era. The sound, with the two grand pianos, is magnificent, Hughes said.
Tickets for the production can be purchased through Panhandle Tickets box office at http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase. All tickets are $26, including service fees.