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The Charlottetown Festival Set to Unveil Anne of Green Gables—The Musical™ July 1

June 30, 2017

2017 production boasts new leads, sets, costumes, lighting and sound design, and more

(Charlottetown, P.E.I.) - Even the show curtain is new, and it's set to rise on the 53rd season of an outright Canadian classic. The world-famous Anne of Green Gables-The MusicalTM has reached millions of patrons over its five-decade run and is set to premiere, under a new direction and design, with a traditional Canada Day matinee tomorrow, at 1:30 p.m. at Confederation Centre of the Arts.

For the first time, the musical, sponsored by RE/MAX Charlottetown, is being directed by Artistic Director Adam Brazier, leading a company of 26 remarkable performers from across the nation. Brazier is thrilled to put his stamp on the classic, alongside the creative contributions of Set and Costume Designer Cory Sincennes, Festival Music Director and Conductor Bob Foster, Choreographer Robin Calvert, Sound Designer Peter McBoyle, and Lighting Designer Michael Walton.

"This storied musical rests at the very heart of our national identity," remarks Brazier. "Searching for love and belonging in a time of strife, Anne represents all Canadians that have immigrated to this country searching for family, community, acceptance, and love."

"We have all felt like an outsider at some point in our lives, that we don't belong because we look or sound different than everyone else; we can all connect with Anne's struggle," he continues. "Every time we welcome new Canadians to our communities, we embrace the lessons taught by Lucy Maud Montgomery through her iconic, red-haired heroine."

This year's production stars AJ Bridel as Anne, George Masswohl and Susan Henley as Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, P.E.I.'s own Aaron Hastelow and Marlane O'Brien as Gilbert and Mrs. Rachel Lynde, Katie Kerr as Diana, and Josée Boudreau as Miss Stacey. The new production includes new sets and costumes - including a new Green Gables house - the addition of the harp to the orchestra ensemble, new sound and lighting design, and even new wigs.

Anne of Green Gables-The MusicalTM begins it Guinness Record Setting 53rd consecutive season July 1, playing the Homburg Theatre until September 23. Special thanks are extended to the Government of Canada for their support of Confederation Centre; and The Charlottetown Festival title sponsor, CIBC. Appreciation is extended to media sponsors Ocean 100, Hot 105.5, CTV, and The Guardian.

Photo cutline: The pride of Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, AJ Bridel dons the red braids this year as the star of Anne of Green Gables-The MusicalTM (Louise Vessey photo).

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