Anne of Green Gables—The Musical™
Review by Luke Arbuckle
How does one properly review a play that’s been on the stage for 50 years? Perhaps the longevity of the production speaks directly to its quality and should be considered above all else. That being said, the cast and crew of Anne of Green Gables—The Musical™ have done it yet again, half a century after the first production.
There can be no wonder why people around the world have been struck by the charming redhead who called PEI her home, she’s as witty, vocal and charismatic as she’s always been, a colourful character not afraid to speak her mind whit a flare for the dramatic and always a pleasure to watch.
Enjoyed by millions of people from around the world, since 1965, Anne of Green Gables—The Musical™ has called the Confederation Centre her home. One might think 50 years of performing the same play each year might become tiresome, but the cast and crew of this year’s performance have stepped things up and deliver a wonderful performance.
Filled with the songs and stories we’ve come to know and love, the show features a cast and crew of 76 brilliant and inspiring people who have kept the play as fresh, funny and exciting as it ever was, perhaps even more so.
The scene changes are seamless, the music is powerfully delivered and set designs are more beautiful and intricate than ever before.
Officially the longest running musical in Canadian history, Anne of Green Gables is on it’s 16th Anne, but the performance from Katie Kerr (who’s playing Anne for her second season) is second to none.
The performers use an obvious passion for theatre to provide a captivating rendition of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s 1909 vision of Anne. With remarkable well choreographed dance, high energy line delivery and humour in all the right places, this year’s show is pulling all the stops and leaving audiences mesmerized and even more infatuated with the freckle-faced free spirit.
Anne of Green Gables helps remind Islanders of the beauty of our soil, our land, and our communities. Visitors to the Island will leave the Confederation Centre auditorium with a better sense of what it means to be an Islander and how proud we are of our history.
I’ve seen the play several times throughout my life and have never seen it performed so well, with so much enthusiasm or as seamlessly. It’s a very impressive production and Islanders should be proud to call it their own.
The play has been performed 2,837 times at the Confederation Centre and I don’t think anyone will be shocked if it performed another 2,000 more, particularly with the excitement it carries this year, its 50th anniversary.
If you’re from the Island and it’s been a while since you enjoyed an evening with Anne, perhaps it’s time to see it again, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
If you’re visiting and have not yet had the privilege of seeing the production, I strongly suggest you complete your Island experience and visit Anne of Green Gables this summer at the Confederation Centre of the Arts.