The newest show to open in the Fulton Theatre’s Family Series is Anne of Green Gables. Anne of Green Gables is from the 1908 book by L.M. Montgomery. This hour-long musical adaptation tells the story of Anne Shirley a spunky red-headed orphan girl, who was sent to live with a farmer and his sister, Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert. Anne of Green Gables is a musical full of adventure, tales of friendship and lessons about growing up. It is a show full of fun and whimsy and will be enjoyed by children and adults alike.
Cary Michele Miller plays the heroine of the story, Anne Shirley. Miller captures the spirit and imagination of Anne with enthusiasm. From the moment that Miller appears on stage until the final bow, her energy is continuous. I cannot picture anyone else bringing this beloved character to life – Miller did a brilliant job capturing the essence of Anne’s spirit. Jessica Dey and Randall Frizado portray Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert. Dey did an excellent job capturing the austere personality of Marilla. Frizado’s depiction of Matthew is full of warmth, and his adoration of Anne is evident throughout the show. Marisa Rivera plays Diana Barry, Anne’s best friend. Rivera and Miller’s duet, “Making Up for Lost Time,” displays the fantastic voices of these two actors. Alex Pepper portrays Gilbert Blythe, Anne’s headstrong friend. Pepper embraces the part of Gilbert, and Gilbert’s passion and determination come through in Pepper’s portrayal of the treasured character.
Andrew Kindig makes his professional directorial debut at the Fulton with Anne of Green Gables. Audiences familiar with productions at the Fulton Theatre will remember Kindig as portraying Roscoe Dexter in Singin’ in the Rain. Kindig did an incredible job bringing this children’s classic book to life. He deserves applause for this wonderful production.
I grew up with the Anne of Green Gables series. There was a time in my youth when I constantly read these novels and watched the films. Watching the Fulton’s production of this beloved story come to life was magical. The thing I loved about attending this show in the Family Series, is seeing how the children and adults fell in love with this story. Anne of Green Gables is a fantastic show that the whole family will enjoy.
There are three more performances left of Anne of Green Gables, March 22, 23 and 30, 2013. Call the Fulton Theatre Box Office today at 717-397-7425 or get tickets online at www.thefulton.org.
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