I have forgotten lines and been forgiven. My voice has cracked while singing, hopefully no one noticed. I have been almost knocked over by an enthusiastic scene partner once or twice. Best of all I am enjoying the heck out of this show!
39 cast members who rehearsed for 3 months together in a rather larger space are now together backstage in an area so small we are literally on top of each other. There is no room for privacy, dignity or pride in the green room. We are a family now. A stinky, sweaty, goofy, out-of-control family and I think it is pretty cool that this random group of people from 11 to hmmm...I'll be nice and say 45 plus years are getting along so well.
We were given a very positive review by a blogger here in Calgary. You can read it at Family Fun Calgary's website.
Here are a few things I think you should know about the show:
Anne Shirley is played by Jillyan Hannah who is a force to be reckoned with. Sweet and spunky behind the scenes and she brought each of the cast a flower on opening night. She is doing a superb job of living up to everyone's image of Anne and that is not an easy task!
Gilbert Blythe is played by Troy Goldthorp and when he sings Wonderin' he just may steal your heart. Kind and funny off-stage and on. He is a great Gilbert Blythe (or Glybert Bithe as he was accidentally called in one run)!
Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert are played by Lynn Rowley and Chris Tesarski. I hear that they played these roles 14 years ago and they do seem to fit very comfortably into Green Gables. It has been great to work with both of them as they are very kind, focused and professional. They just may move you to tears at some point in the show.
The talent in the entire cast is incredible and I could go on listing everyone but I really think you should come for yourself and see them. The beautiful Taylor Rae Steedman playing Anne's best friend Diana. Diana's crazy intense mother played by Trishia Woodley Morgan. The hilarious Moody McPherson played by Matt Tennyson and his equally funny mother Mrs. Mcpherson played by Kristi Baratelli...oh I really can't go on...please come and see the show!