'The Secret Garden' opening in Cerritos

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CERRITOS — 3-D Theatricals' brand-new, family-friendly production, "The Secret Garden," opens this weekend at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts (CCPA).

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"The Secret Garden" brings to life the emotional, Tony Award-winning musical adaptation of the classic novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

After the sudden death of her parents, 10-year-old Mary Lennox is sent to live with an uncle whom she has never met. Mourning the loss of his true love, Uncle Archibald is distant and strange, leaving Mary to explore a lonely mansion shrouded in mystery and haunted by spirits and lost souls.

Strong-willed and brave-hearted, Mary finds solace in a locked-up hidden garden and discovers the true meaning of hope, proving that love and magic can bloom even in the darkest of places.

Winner of three Tonys, this heartwarming story of forgiveness and renewal is filled with beautiful music, magical illusions and a talented cast that makes this a must-see theatrical treat for families of all ages.

The production's score is by Tony-nominated composer Lucy Simon and Tony-winning lyricist Marsha Norman ("The Red Shoes," "The Color Purple" and "The Bridges of Madison County"). 3-D Theatricals' version is directed by artistic director T.J. Dawson, with music direction by Allen Everman and choreography by Leslie Stevens.

Show times are Friday, May 3, 10 and 17 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, May 4 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, May 11 and 18 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Sunday, May 5, 12 and 19 at 2 p.m.; and Thursday, May 16 at 7:30 p.m.

Purchase tickets, which start from $45, at the CCPA Ticket Office, cerritoscenter.com or by calling (562) 916-8500.