Becca Guilderson (left) as Anne Shirley and Hugh Ritchie as Gilbert Blythe

Anne & Gilbert

Musical finds a new home at Florence Simmons Performance Hall

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Anne & Gilbert, The Musical started its run of 61 live performances in late May. The musical is the centrepiece production of the Island Theatre Festival, a new festival at Florence Simmons Performance Hall at Holland College in Charlottetown.

This year’s production stars Becca Guilderson as Anne Shirley and Hugh Ritchie as Gilbert Blythe.

Becca is playing Anne Shirley for the second time in her career, having performed the role in the Stage Prophets 2017 production of Anne & Gilbert in Nova Scotia. Becca is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Halifax. She studied classical voice and theatre studies at Mount Allison University and participated in the Music Theatre Performance Program at Neptune Theatre (NS). 

Hugh is performing in Anne & Gilbert for the second time as well, having played the role of Gilbert in The Guild’s 2019 production in Charlottetown. He is an actor/singer from Toronto, ON and holds a BFA in Acting from Ryerson Theatre School. 

A musical based on the second and third books in Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables series, Anne & Gilbert was adapted for the stage by Jeff Hochhauser, Bob Johnston and Nancy White (an alumnae of Holland College).