A delightful musical for young audiences, ArtsPower’s production of Anne of Green Gables comes to the Mainstage of the Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center on the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown campus at 10 a.m. and noon Monday, April 30.
Based on Lucy Maud Montgomery’s internationally beloved novel, Anne of Green Gables is the classic tale of a young orphan girl whose dauntless spirit transforms her adoptive family. Anne of Green Gables features a rich musical score, beautiful period costumes, and imaginative sets. The performance is written and directed by Greg Gunning, with music by Richard DeRosa and lyrics by Mr. Gunning. Anne of Green Gables premiered in 1993 and has been performed in some of the leading cultural centers across the United States.
Set at the turn of the century, Anne of Green Gables begins with Anne Shirley’s arrival to the town of Avonlea. Anne’s past mishaps living with previous families are described in Problem Child, the first of the show’s five original songs. She is met at the train station by Matthew Cuthbert, an elderly man who lives with his sister Marilla. Although the Cuthberts had asked for a boy to help with farm chores, Matthew is immediately charmed by Anne; her feisty character is made evident in the song Talkin’ Too Much. Together, as kindred spirits, Matthew and Anne persuade the reluctant Marilla to let her stay for a trial period.
Anne, who has longed to be part of a real family, sets out, often with humorous results, to prove her worth to Marilla and the rest of the town. She overcomes her first-day-of-school jitters by imagining herself as the best dressed, smartest, most popular girl in town. Unfortunately, things don’t go quite as she plans, and her future with the Cuthberts seems to be in jeopardy. Yet when tragedy strikes, Anne succeeds in gaining Marilla’s affection because of her optimistic attitude towards life.
Created as school performances, this Stage Door Series offers educators, home schoolers, caregivers, and others an opportunity to plan a day’s lesson using programs designed for the younger audience. This performance is perfect for children in grades two through six.
Advanced interviews with the artists may be arranged by calling the Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center at 814-269-7200.
Tickets may be purchased by calling the ArtsLine at 1-800-846-ARTS (2787) or 814-269-7200 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Tickets are $5. A complimentary ticket is available for every 15 tickets purchased. There is a $2 handling fee on telephone and mail orders. The box office is open for in-person sales from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The box office opens one hour before performances. For additional information, visit www.upj.pitt.edu/ArtsCenter.
The Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center is a multi-purpose facility operated by the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. The Arts Center presents a variety of events including musicals, adult and children’s theatre, dance and music productions to 12,000 patrons annually.