Classic Family Musical “Anne Of Green Gables” At Theatre 29

Anne Shirley (Vanessa Walton) rides with Matthew Cuthbert (Leonard Weber) to Green Gables farm in a scene from “Anne of Green Gables” at Theatre 29. (Charles Harvey Photo)

Theatre 29’s production of a new musical version of the classic L.M. Montgomery tale, “Anne of Green Gables” is now open, running through September 22nd.

Brought to the stage, in part through the support of US Bank, this family musical, with music by Nancy Ford and book and lyrics by Gretchen Cryer, is Helmed by the veteran production team of Director and Musical Director, Kathryn Ferguson and Assistant Director Marty Neider.

“Anne of Green Gables” follows the misadventures of a wildly independent orphan with fiery red hair and a temper to match. Anne Shirley is mistakenly sent to live with a plainspoken farmer and his spinster sister, who thought they were adopting a boy! She wins over the Cuthberts, and all of Prince Edward Island, with her irrepressible spirit and imagination–and wins over audiences with her warm, poignant story about love, home and family.

The Doctor, (Ben Bees) examines the baby, Anne (Vanessa Walton) nursed back to health as Diana Barry (Emily Sheckler) and Matthew Cuthbert (Leonard Weber) look on in a scene from “Anne of Green Gables” at Theatre 29. (Charles Harvey Photo)

The cast of skilled veteran performers, as well as promising newcomers, promises a show full of heart, with tuneful melodies and a rustic, homey setting. Vanessa Walton is Anne, with Virginia Sulick as Marilla Cuthbert and Leonard Weber as Matthew Cuthbert. Emily Sheckler plays Diana Barry, with Scott Clinkscales as Gilbert Blythe supported by Analisa Pilecki as Rachel Lynde, Shelly Sheckler as Mrs. Barry, Marissa Thomas as Josie Pye, Amy Fangmeyer as Prissy Andrews and Nena Jimenez as Ruby Gillis, Jasmine Shaffer palys Mary Jo and the Neighbor lady and Ben Bees plays the Station Master, Post Master, Mr. Phillips and the Doctor.

“Anne of Green Gables” will run weekends through September 22nd, 2012, with performances beginning at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. There also will be a Thursday performance, at 7 p.m. September 8th and a Sunday matinee, at 2:30 p.m. September 18th.

Tickets are $12 for regular admission, $10 for seniors and military and $8 for children under 12 and students with ID. All tickets sales are available now through the Theatre 29 Web site: www.theatre29.org , or by calling the box office at (760) 361-4151.

Theatre 29 is a tax-exempt, non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to producing quality, family-oriented live arts for the residents of the Morongo Basin.

Gilbert Blythe (Scott Clinkscales) faces off in the classroom with Anne Shirley (Vanessa Walton) as teach Mr Phillips (Ben Bees), Ruby Gillis (Nena Jimenez) & Diana Barry (Emily Sheckler) look on in a scene from “Anne of Green Gables” at Theatre 29 (Charles Harvey Photo)

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