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Kindred spirits:Theatre Bristol stages ‘Anne of Green Gables’ musical

Staff reports • Jun 11, 2013 at 9:15 AM

“Anne of Green Gables: A New Musical,” based on the best-selling novel by Lucy Maud Montgomery, opens Friday at Theatre Bristol and will run for two weekends.

The nationally-toured production is a musical rendition of the life of “kindred spirits” Anne, Diana, Matthew, Marilla, Rachel, and Gilbert, and the community on Prince Edward Island they call home. This much-loved story of family and friendship is directed by Theatre Bristol veteran Chris McVey.

“This is a touching show with talented performers, and I am confident that it is one everyone will enjoy,” McVey said. “It’s good to have Theatre Bristol bringing this classic story to the stage for our community to enjoy.”

Performances will be held at 8 p.m., June 14, 15, 21 and 22, and at 2 p.m., June 16 and 23.

General admission tickets are $12; tickets for students and seniors are $10. Tickets are available at the door or by calling (423) 383-5979.

Annie Osborne will make her debut as title character Anne Shirley, a wildly independent orphan with fiery red hair and a temper to match. Joining Anne in her misadventures are her friend Diana Barry, played by Theatre Bristol veteran Rachel Locke. Jacob Alvis portrays Gilbert Blythe, Angie Hyche is Marilla Cuthbert, Steve Baskett is Matthew, and Dottie Havlik is Mrs. Rachel Lynde.

Other cast members include Randa Blackley, Justin Robinson, Jonathan Cooper, Jessica Hutchison, Todd Freeman, Terri McCall, Kelly Locke, Sunshine Hughes, Makenna Arnold, Kimberly Ireson, Abi Bell, Zach McCown, Daniel Freeman, Caleb Hall, Alayna Walker and Gabriella Garrido.

Tunes featured will be “Green Gables,” “Such a Lovely Day in Avonlea,” “Puffy Sleeves” and “Perfectly Happy.”

The production is supported by producers Mike Musick and Steve Baskett, stage manager Sarah McCall, musical director D.P. McGregor, choreographer Lindsay Marshall, assistant choreographer Carson Musick and costume designer Camille Gray, with makeup and hair by Savannah Stone and Morgan Kutt, set design by Jonathan Cooper, lighting and tech by T.J. Voorhees and photography by Clay Blankenbeckler.

Founded in 1965, Theatre Bristol is the oldest continually running children’s theatre in northeast Tennessee. Theatre Bristol’s 2013 season is dedicated to founder Cathy DeCaterina and will also feature “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “Snow White” and “A Miracle on 34th Street.”

For more information, visit Theatre Bristol’s Facebook page, call (423) 383-5979 or send email to info@theatrebristol.org.

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