‘Anne of Green Gables’ opens at WCSU this week
DANBURY, CONN. — Canada’s longest running musical, “Anne of Green Gables,” comes to the Western Connecticut State University stage this week. Presented by Western’s Department of Theatre Arts, performances will be at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 28, and Friday, April 29; 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 30, and Saturday, May 7; with 2 p.m. matinees on Saturday, April 30; Sunday, May 1; Saturday, May 7; and Sunday, May 8, in the Mainstage Theatre of the Visual and Performing Arts Center (VPAC) on the university’s Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave extension in Danbury. To purchase tickets, visit www.eventbrite.com/o/visual-and-performing-arts-center-at-western-connecticut-state-university-6275173871 or call (203) 837-8732.
The mostly female cast includes: Jillian Caillouette, of Meriden, as Anne Shirley; Rebecca Hayes, of Granby, as Marrila Cuthbert; Daniel Dressel, of Middlebury, as Matthew Cuthbert; Jared Starkey, of Columbia, as Gilbert Blythe; Emily Gray, of Southington, as Rachel Lynde; Jessica Schwartz, of Brookfield, as Diana Barry; Lexi Tobin, of Newtown, as Josie Pye; Alexa Haynes, of Little Hocking, Ohio, as Miss Muriel Stacy; Laura Portera, of Fairfield, as Little Girl; Joseph DeVellis, of Newtown, as Little Girl’s Dad; Frankie Anne Marcille, of Waterford, as Tillie; Megan O’Callaghan, of Norwalk, as Gertie; Vanessa Knowlton, of Stafford Springs, as Ruby; Jaclyn Mercer, of New Milford, as Prissy Andrews; Samuel Everett, of Kent, as Moody; Manuel Torres, of West Haven, as Gerry; Thomas Bergamo, of Wolcott, as Charlie; Jeffrey Jannito, of Hamden, as Tommy; Kevin Durkee, of Orange, as Schoolboy; Joelle Tshudy, of Belvidere, New Jersey, as Mrs. Barry; Kim Lustig, of Madison, as Mrs. Pye; Gabriela Jimenez, of Danbury, as Mrs. MacPherson; Leah Ciccone, of Wolcott, as Mrs. Sloan; Katie Kelly, of Bristol, as Lucilla; Christina Branfuhr, of Northford, as Mrs. Blewitt; Kayla Murphy, of Newtown, as Mrs. Spencer; DJarious Allen, of Brooklyn, New York, as Mailman Earl; Joseph Calabrese, of Harwinton, as Farmer Cecil; Ray Cook, of New Preston, as Mr. Phillis; TJ Swetz, of Poughquag, New York, as Stationmaster; and Cole Urso, of Wethersfield, as Minister. The production is directed by John Hickok.
“Anne of Green Gables is packed with important lessons and discoveries that I believe every person can relate to,” Caillouette said. “Anne is a character that I am honored and grateful to play. She is an inspiration to me and to others. I hope that Anne's fierce independence and passion empower those who come to see the show,” she added. The 1965 romantic comedy musical was written by Donald Herron and Norman Campbell, based on Lucy Maud Montgomery’s novel. The show originated at the Charlottetown Festival in Prince Edward Island, Canada, and is the story of a spunky and imaginative red-haired orphan.
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