"The Secret Garden," the first full-scale musical produced by Broadway in Boulder, quickly sold out most of its 16 performances in the Black Box Studio and was held over for additional sold-out performances during its last weekend in June 2009.
The shows were a collaboration between ATLAS staff and Broadway in Boulder, which is the musical theater and dramatic studio of the Parlando School for the Arts in Boulder. The production featured 50 students from 19 area high schools, middle schools and colleges.
All of the scenery was digitally produced by area animators and matte painters in Frankfurt, Germany.
The Denver Center for the Performing Arts provided the Victorian set pieces, and the production used original Broadway costumes.
The co-producers of Secret Garden were David Ayers and Angela Gaylor, who founded Broadway in Boulder before it merged with Parlando in 2007.
Ayers and Gaylor have extensive performing experience in Broadway productions. Their experiences and contacts allowed them to bring in major entertainment industry professionals to help with technical and artistic aspects of the show.
The professionals held master classes/directors labs for cast and crew members, as well as members of the public, during four weekends in March.