Photo 1: Don Devona plays Matthew Cuthbert and Alison Pogorelc plays Anne in “Anne of Green Gables.
“Anne of Green Gables,” L.M. Montgomery's timeless classic, cherished by generations, comes to life in this new award-winning musical, with book and lyrics book by Gretchen Cryer and music by Nancy Ford. Follow the adventures of a wildly independent orphan with fiery red hair and a temper to match. Inspired by the story and music, Danette Buikema, with 17 years of experience with Acacia Theatre, directs this production.
“This particular script paints a very good picture of the delightful story of Anne. It is fun and well paced. It evokes most of our strong emotions, ranging from deeply moving to hilarious. The music in and of itself tells the story - sometimes melodic, sometimes disjointed - pulling our emotions in a similar way. The music plays a huge part in this show,” explains Buikema.
Buikema passionately describes the strengths of this cast and crew. “I like shows best when the story is compelling and when there is a good amount of variety, which this new musical of ‘Anne of Green Gables’ has. It's also important to have a very strong cast to tell that story, and an equally strong crew to support it, which we definitely have. The characters, the emotions, the songs, the scenes are all varied and interesting.”
A prominent theme of the production is the power of goodness. Anne brings grace to her new home and finds that grace can be received as well. Her new “parents” Matthew and eventually Marilla are incredibly kind to her, and so are her new friends. “Grace oozes in this show from top to bottom. Anne shows grace in how she deals with disappointment in her life. Despite huge obstacles, which include being orphaned, living in the home of the drunken Mr. Thomas, caring for his children, being sent to another home to care for 8 children, and ending up rejected in an orphan asylum at age 12, Anne still sees beauty in creation and in her imagination,” says Danette.
All performances will be given in Concordia University Wisconsin’s Todd Wehr Auditorium, 12800 North Lake Shore Drive in Mequon, Wis.
Anne Shirley, a passionately self-determined child, is mistakenly sent to live with a plainspoken farmer and his spinster sister, who thought they were adopting a boy. She wins them and all of Prince Edward Island over with her irrepressible spirit and imagination. Experience this poignant story about love, abundant grace, home and family
Performances on Friday, July 13, 2012 at 8pm, Saturday, July 14, 2012 at 8pm, Sunday, July 15, 2012 at 3pm, Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 8pm, Friday, July 20, 2012 at 8pm, Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 4pm and 8pm, and Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 3pm.
Performance Schedule and Ticket Information
Tickets will be available by calling (414) 744-5995 or at www.acaciatheatre.com.
Prices - Single tickets are $16 for adults and $13 for clergy and students.
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