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Emma Rudy will become the 19th actor to don the red braids as Anne Shirley in The Charlottetown Festival’s Anne of Green Gables—The Musical™ (photo: submitted).

Emma Rudy will be the 19th Anne Shirley at the Centre

Artistic Director of Confederation Centre of the Arts Adam Brazier has announced that Emma Rudy will become the 19th actor to play Anne Shirley in Anne of Green Gables—The Musical™ at The Charlottetown Festival, now in its 55th consecutive season.

Says Brazier, “Emma Rudy is an extraordinary talent with a stunning soprano and is a very strong actress. Her approach to the material showed a maturity of thought without losing the youthful joy and optimism that carries Anne through her life.

“What set Emma apart from the many wonderful actors that auditioned was the reverence with which she approached the role and audition. Emma understands the significance of playing Anne at The Charlottetown Festival.”

Born and raised in Stratford, Ontario, Miss Rudy is a Toronto-based performer and recent Sheridan College graduate. Currently, she is starring in nearby Moncton, New Brunswick as ‘Belle’ in Beauty and the Beast at the Capitol Theatre. Other credits include ‘Marty’ in Grease (Wintergarden); Honour (Stratford Masonic Hall); and Rumspringa Break! (Theatre Passe Muraille).

Says Emma, “Having the opportunity to play the imaginative, adventurous, stubborn, intelligent, and passionate Anne is truly a childhood dream manifesting itself into reality,” she beams. “I have held her story dear to my heart for my entire life, and I am overwhelmed with excitement and gratitude.”

Anne of Green Gables—The Musical™, sponsored by CAA, returns June 24 to September 28 in the Homburg Theatre at Confederation Centre in Charlottetown. 

Director is Adam Brazier. Choreography is from Robin Calvert, music direction from Craig Fair, sound design by Peter McBoyle, costume and scenic design from Cory Sincennes, and lighting design by Michel Walton.

Since opening in 1965, Anne of Green Gables—The Musical™, has been presented more than 2,500 times at Confederation Centre of the Arts in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. It holds the Guinness World Record for longest-running annual musical. 

Visit the Confederation Centre’s website at confederationcentre.com for a complete list of the nineteen actors who have played Anne Shirley. 

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