Anne of Green Gables - The Musical

Anne of Green Gables - The Musical

by  Norman Campbell, Donald Harron, L.M. Montgomery

Full Length Musical, Comedy  /  12m, 17f

Based on L.M Montgomery's timeless classic, Anne of Green Gables - The MusicalTM follows the rise of Anne Shirley, a feisty, red-haired orphan who arrives unexpectedly in the small community of Avonlea to the Cuthburts, who were expecting a boy to help on their farm, Green Gables. 

The story follows the precocious and imaginative Anne as she captures the hearts and minds of the small farming community - and her new-found family - simply by the virtue of her own pluck and personality. This original, glorious adaptation - now firmly embedded in Canadian national culture and musical theatre canon - continues to enrapture audiences across the world with its rich score and a rare, affecting story for all ages.
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Anne of Green Gables - The Musical
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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    12m, 17f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Adaptations (Literature)
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Broadway, From West End, "Best Musical' - London Critics' Circle, 1969
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

Anne of Green Gables - The Musical started life as a TV musical adaptation, originally premiering on “CBC Folio” in 1956. Nine years on Anne of Green Gables - The Musical premiered on the mainstage at Charlottetown Festival, becoming a perennial favorite for all those who visit Canada's Prince Edward Island. The production (undergoing significant changes in 2011) has run every year since its stage inception, and has been recognized by the Guinness World Records as the Longest-Running Annual Musical Theatre Production.

Now with customizable Rehearsal and Performance Tracks from Right on Cue Services, Anne of Green Gables - The Musical remains an enduring musical, readily performable by groups around the world.  

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Reviews

"A show that has a heart as big as its red-pigtailed title character!" - Toronto Star
‘A Piece of Canadian history that is absolutely beautiful’ – Broadway World

‘Anne of Green Gables is light-hearted and fiercely wholesome’ - New York Times
‘This is a show theatre lovers should not miss and one that newcomers, children and adults alike, will enjoy completely.’ - London Free Press

‘... Anne of Green Gables ...comes laden with pig tails, a brilliant smile and astonishing leaps of imagination.’ - Calgary Herald

‘If London’s heart doesn’t embrace this show, the show is in urgent need of a transplant.’ - London Evening News

‘Harron and Campbell fashioned a show that has a heart as big as its red-pigtailed title character.’ - Toronto Star
‘We had the feeling we were in on the ground floor of something destined for great things.’ - The Evening Patriot

'…the musical is something more, namely a tale filled of love and longing about their country and its people.' - Gotenborgs-Posten

‘The Musical is a rousing musical tribute to Canada’s most famous and beloved heroine!’ – The Standard

‘The audience leaves the theatre singing and humming the catchy tunes, especially the first act closer Ice Cream!’ – Theatre News London

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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Jr High/Primary
  • High School/Secondary
  • Professional Theatre

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Licensing fees and rental materials quoted upon application.

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1900-1910
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: The story is set in Avonlea, a tiny village in Prince Edward Island, Canada's smallest province, at the turn of the century. Green Gables is a charming farm in rural Prince Edward Island on the east coast of Canada. The late 1800's wooden farmhouse is constructed with second floor gables painteed green, which overlook a sizeable barn, a scenic fruit orchard, and rolling fields of produce sprouting from rusty-red soil. 
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: Classic Broadway
  • Vocal Demands: Easy
  • Orchestra Size: Large
  • Chorus Size: Large

Song Samples

Great Workers for the Cause/Where is Matthew Going (Overture)
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Gee I'm Glad I'm No-One Else But Me
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We Clearly Requested A Boy
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The Facts
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Oh Mrs. Lynde! (Apology)
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Humble Pie
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Back to School
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Wondrin
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Did You Hear
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Ice Cream
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Summer
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Kindred Spirits
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Open The Window
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The Words
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I'll Show Him
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If It Hadn't Been For Me
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General Store
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Anne of Green Gables
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Wondrin (Reprise)
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Casting

12m, 17f

ANNE SHIRLEY - Young girl; red-haired and freckled; exuberant and precocious. She is scholastic and well intentioned, but has a fiery temper. 
MARRILA CUTHBERT - Late 50s; sterm, moral, and no-nonsense spinster. She lives with Matthew, her unmarried brother. She has a wry sense of humor and is eventually affectionate toward Anne. 
MATTHEW CUTHBER - Early 60s; bachelor; silver hair and grey mustache. A sweet, soft-spoken farmer who works the Green Gables acreage. He lives with his sister Marilla and is painfully shy toward women. 
GILBERT BLYTHE - Young boy; smart, handsome, and confident. Good-natured but cocky, he inadvetently becomes Anne's adversary.
RACHEL LYNDE - Early 60s; outspoken and indiscreet; the town gossip. Affectionate towards her good friend Marilla. 
DIANA BARRY - Young girl; loyal, agreeable and sweet. She is Anne's best friend, schoolmate and kindred spirit. Diana is an attractive girl with long black hair. 
JOSIE PYE - Selfish, harsh and scheming; Anne's worst enemy. Josie is blonde and pretty. 
MISS MURIEL STACY - Schoolteacher; radiates enthusiasm and rampant desire for learning. She is a role model and mentor for Anne. 

MRS MACPHERSON
MRS. SLOANE
MRS. PIE
THE MINISTER
EARL
CECIL
MRS. SPENCER
MRS. BLEWETT
DIANA BARRY
PRISSY ANDREWS
RUBY GILLIS
TILLIE BOULTER
GERTIE PYE
CHARLIE SLOANE
MOODY MACPHERSON
GERRY BUOTE
TOMMY SLOANE
MALCON ANDREWS
MR. PHILLIPS
LUCILLA
THE STATIONMASTER

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Cast Attributes

  • Expandable casting

Resources

Rehearsal Resources

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Full Package

1 Piano/Conductor Score
29 Vocal Chorus Books

Bass
Bassoon 1 & 2 
Cello
Clarinet I
Clarinet II
Flute/Piccolo
Harp
Horn I
Horn II
Oboes I & II
Percussion
Trombone I 
Trombone II
Trumpet I
Trumpet II 
Viola
Violin I & II
Violin III


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Authors

Norman Campbell

Norman Campbell

Donald Harron

Donald Harron

L.M. Montgomery

L.M. Montgomery

Anne of Green Gables - The Musical premiered in London in 1967, and at New York City Centre in 1972. 

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