Anne of Green Gables
Produced by Special Arrangement with Pioneer Drama Service, Inc., Denver, Colorado
By Jody Johnston Davidson
Adapted from the classic novel by L.M. Montgomery
Directed by Joshua Paterson
Share the adventures of Anne Shirley and her “best friend for life,” Diana Barry, as they travel from childhood to maturity in this heart-warming adaption which beautifully captures the highlights of the classic novel.
Maria Cuthbert asks for an orphan boy to help her and her brother take care of Green Gables, but the orphanage sends Anne with an “e” -an independent, red-headed, freckle-faced girl who changes their lives and touches the hearts of all who come to know and love her. Delight in Anne’s high-spirited antics all over again as she narrowly escapes Mrs. Blewett’s clutches at the orphanage, whacks Gilbert over the head with her slate, saves little Minnie May from her deathbed and, when she has come of age, finally lets Gilbert into her life. In the touching words of Marilla, Anne is “the dearest mistake” that’s ever come into her life, and she doesn’t know how she could love her more.
Whether you already love Anne’s story or you’re first discovering it, this sweet and sincere rendition will open audiences hearts and minds.
ANNE SHIRLEY (aged 10 - 15)
The protagonist of the play. Anne is an orphan who is adopted by Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert and grows up on their farm, Green Gables. The play follows Anne as she makes social blunders and tries to quickly absorb the rules of social conduct, religion, and morality that other children have grown up learning. She has difficulty mixing these social customs with her own unique sensibilities. Anne is stubborn, passionate, loyal, and intelligent. She loves beauty and fantasy, and wants to be a good person.
MARILLA CUTHBERT (aged 40+)
An unmarried woman who raises Anne. Marilla lives at Green Gables with her unmarried brother, Matthew. Marilla is all angles and straight lines, with a stern face and tightly knotted hair. This physical severity mirrors her moral and emotional severity. Although Marilla does not usually express emotion, underneath she has a wry sense of humour and a loving heart. Although she raises Anne strictly, she loves her adopted daughter, and by the end of the play she has become softer and more expressive.
MATTHEW CUTHBERT (aged 40+)
A bachelor who lives at Green Gables with his sister, Marilla. Matthew is painfully shy and a little eccentric. Although he is terrified of women, he instantly likes Anne and pressures Marilla to adopt her. Anne considers Matthew a kindred spirit and always turns to him when she wants a sympathetic ear.
DIANA BARRY (aged 10 - 15)
Anne’s best friend. Diana is a pretty girl Anne’s age who lives next door to Green Gables at Orchard Slope. Diana and Anne become bosom friends immediately after they meet. Full of romantic notions about love and friendship, they swear devotion to each other forever. Although an agreeable girl, she lacks Anne’s imagination, intelligence, and independence.
GILBERT BLYTHE (aged 10-15)
A handsome, smart Avonlea boy who becomes Anne’s rival when he makes the mistake of teasing her about her red hair. Anne swears never to speak to Gilbert, and even when he rescues her from the river, she refuses to break the silence between them. By the end of the play, the rivalry has become affectionate, and Anne and Gilbert have become friends.
MRS RACHEL LYNDE (aged 40+)
The town busybody. Mrs. Rachel likes nothing better than to give her opinion and preach morals. She lives next door to Green Gables with her meek husband, Thomas, and an affectionate, quarrelsome friendship exists between her and Marilla. Mrs. Rachel is outspoken about everything from politics to fashion, and, although childless, she never fails to advise Marilla on how to raise Anne.
MRS SPENCER (aged 25+)
A worker at the asylum where Anne lived. Mrs. Spencer brings Anne to Matthew and Marilla instead of the boy orphan they requested.
MRS BLEWETT (aged 30+)
A woman living in Avonlea. Mrs. Blewett offers to take Anne in as a babysitter when she learns that Marilla intends to get a boy orphan in Anne’s place. Marilla decides to keep Anne because Mrs. Blewett is a nasty, stingy woman, and not fit to care for a child.
MRS BARRY (aged 30+)
Diana’s mother. Mrs. Barry is a severe, unforgiving woman. She expects her children to follow strict and sometimes unreasonable rules and is quick to condemn Anne when Anne makes mistakes.
MISS STACY (aged 20+)
Anne’s teacher. Miss Stacy becomes the Avonlea schoolteacher after the unpopular Mr. Phillips departs. Her unorthodox, liberal teaching methods worry the conservative Avonlea trustees and Mrs. Rachel, but all of her students love her. She is a role model and mentor for Anne.
MISS HARRIS (aged 20+)
A worker at Lawson’s market. This role will be doubled by the vote playing Miss Stacy, as intended in the script.
An audition piece will be given to every auditionee. It is expected that the auditionee will learn
the lines of the audition piece and present it on an agreed date with the director.
We are looking for very high standard of performance for each of the roles as the
rehearsal period is short.
A rehearsal schedule is prepared and will be given on first response to any enquiries
made by an auditionee.
Applicants should note that reading the play prior to their audition would be highly advantageous.
Sunday 4th July at Ruby Productions: Level 1, 15 Evan Street, Penrith
(By appointment only.)
An audition piece will be sent out from the director once an audition time slot has been sorted.
September 11th, 18th at 7pm and 25th at 2pm and 7pm (4 performances)
and will be staged at John Lees Centre, 15 Evan Street, Penrith.