Submitted. The famous girl with the fiery red hair and an imagination that knows no bounds comes to vibrant life on the Gallery 7 Theatre stage as the company presents L.M. Montgomery’s classic Canadian tale, Anne (of Green Gables), this June. Adapted for the stage by Paul Ledoux, Anne is the grand finale to Gallery 7 Theatre’s 2013/2014 “Spice of Life” season.
Cover Photo: (left to right) Catrina Jackson, Anastasia McIntosh, Corryn Dyck Danielle Warmenhoven and Josh Levesque rehearse a scene from Anne (of Green Gables). Photo by Dianna Lewis, Creative Memory Studio.
Matthew and Marilla want to adopt a boy to help with the farm chores. Instead, they get the precocious Anne…with an “e”. Uninhibited by her surroundings, Anne adapts to her new life, often locking heads with the austere Marilla, making new friends, and competing with her rival, Gilbert Blythe. Through the course of time, Anne transforms in to a refined young woman in this charming story about finding your way.
“Anne of Green Gables is a much-beloved piece of Canadiana”, says Executive/Artistic Director, Ken Hildebrandt. “I think audiences will really enjoy Ledoux’s heart-warming adaptation, and will delight in Anne’s spirited imagination and her determined desire to fit in and be accepted.”
Playing the title role of Anne Shirley is Danielle Warmenhoven. A recent graduate of UFV Theatre, Warmenhoven has appeared in productions of The Diary of Anne Frank and Age of Arousal. The role of Matthew Cuthbert is being played by Glen Pinchin, whose recent Gallery 7 credits include Swallows and Amazons, The Hiding Place and Tuesdays with Morrie.
The stern and unflinching Marilla Cuthbert is played by Charlene Crawford, who last appeared in Gallery 7’s production of Chickens. Newcomer Josh Levesque takes on the role of Gilbert Blythe and Anastasia McIntosh, also in her debut performance at Gallery 7, plays Dianna Barry. Rounding out the cast are Corryn Dyck as Ruby Gillis, Catrina Jackson as Josie Pye and Tiani Foster as Rachel Lynde.
Directing Anne is Megan Mackenzie. Mackenzie’s other directing credits include The Outsiders and most recently, Snow White for Theatre Junkies Anonymous. Set and lighting design is by Bryan Cutler, costume design is by Vicki Bolan and sound design is by Ron Jackson. The stage manager is Kenzie Hall and production photography is by Dianna Lewis of Creative Memory Studios.
Anne (of Green Gables) will run June 13 & 14, 19 – 21, 26 – 28, 2014 @ 7:30 PM with discount matinees June 14, 21 & 28 @ 2:00 PM at the MEI Auditorium, 4081 Clearbrook Road, Abbotsford. Tickets for evening performances are $20 adults, $18 seniors & students, $17 groups (8+) and $12 children (12 & under). Tickets for matinee performances are $15 general admission and $12 children. They can be purchased at House of James, 2743 Emerson Street, Abbotsford (1-800-665-8828 or 604-852-3701) or online at www.gallery7theatre.com.