Musical version of Canadian classic Anne of Green Gables features cast of 22 and PEI setting

The Anne of Green Gables phenomenon refuses to die. Last year, the CBC aired a new adaptation. Now, a local company is presenting the musical version of the iconic Canadian story.

Prince Edward Island-born Lucy Maud Montgomery was 34 when she published her first novel, Anne of Green Gables. It was an immediate success, and Montgomery followed it with a number of sequels.

In 1956, a musical version of the book was produced for television. In 1965, the musical was performed onstage for the first time at the Charlottetown Festival. Since then it’s been performed every year at the festival, making it Canada’s longest-running musical. Versions have been produced in London, Japan, and New York. Over the years, more than 18 actors have played Anne in the musical.

From March 15-24, Exit 22 Company Productions presents Anne of Green Gables: The Musical. A cast of 22 and an eight-piece orchestra are bringing the show to life. The set has been designed to evoke images of Prince Edward Island, the story’s setting.

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