Anne of Green Gables
by Norman Campbell, Donald Harron, L.M. Montgomery
Full Length Musical, Drama / 12m, 13f
Ageing Matthew Cuthbert suffers a heart attack during harvest, 1903, and his grim-visaged sister determines to adopt an orphanage boy to help with the farm work at Green Gables. By mistake, a girl arrives, red-haired, freckled and over-talkative. Her vivid imagination and entertaining flow of chatter endear her to Matthew, but sister Marilla is set on packing her back as soon as possible. For once, Matthew wins, and this enchanting musical tells how young Anne Shirley finally overcomes the hostilities of her companions at the local school, and wins the hearts of the gossiping inhabitants of a close-knit Canadian community - even Marilla's. Laughter comes far too often for the sentiment to cloy. The vocal score is available on sale.
The church parlour (front drop). Bright River Railroad Station (cut out). Green Gables. A road in Avonlea (front cloth). Mrs Blewett's house (inset). The Schoolhouse. "All over Town" (front drop). The picnic site.
Outside the Schoolhouse. A road in Avonlea. Green Gables. The nature hunt. The store at Carmody (inset). The Schoolhouse. (Except on unusually well-equipped stages, sufficient depth is required for Green Gables to remain standing, well upstage, all the other scenes being played downstage of the house's setting line).
"The book Anne of Green Gables has been made into a neatly packaged family show, sentimental, tuneful and blending gentle bucolic humor with old world pathos...A pleasant atmosphere is created from the start; the songs are in neat harmony." - The Stage, London
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- Time Period: 1900-1910
- Vocal Demands: Moderate
- Orchestra Size: Large
For the Chorus
Originally produced without 'general company', the musical nevertheless offers some thirty roles of varying lengths: and who minds if twenty singers arrive when the script calls for 'a farmer, a townsman, and three
Music Material Rental Packages
Violins 2 and 3
(The percussionist has much 'hammer' work and requires Xylophon