Four of the lead roles in this summer’s 56th edition of Anne of Green Gables—The Musical™ have been announced by the Charlottetown Festival.
Returning as Anne’s academic rival and would-be beau, Gilbert Blythe, is Connor Lucas. Anne’s guardians, Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, will be played by Laurie Murdoch and Marlane O’Brien, and joining as kindred spirit Diana Barry is Quinn Dooley. Earlier this winter, Emma Rudy was announced as returning to the title role.
Dooley last appeared at the Festival in 2015 in the remount of Evangeline. She recently performed in Ring of Fire with the Citadel Theatre, Once with The Grand and RMTC, and Mamma Mia! with the Capitol Theatre.
Lucas will also perform this season in the Jazz-age musical, The Drowsy Chaperone as loyal best man George. He returns to the Festival following roles in A Misfortune, Stories from the Red Dirt Road and the Young Company. He recently starred as the title character in Pinocchio (Young People’s Theatre).
Playing Matthew is screen and stage actor, Laurie Murdoch, who played the conflicted Colonel Winslow in Evangeline and was part of the Dora-winning cast of Once with Mirvish. He has appeared on screen in the Oscar-winning film Spotlight and on TV series Murdoch Mysteries, Rookie Blue, Dan for Mayor, and Warehouse 13.
PEI’s Marlane O’Brien returns as Marilla, having memorably played the role on an emergency basis in 2019. She has also played Rachel Lynde, Lucilla, and other ladies of Avonlea. O’Brien is known for turns in A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline, her play Stories From the Red Dirt Road, Calendar Girls and Annie with Neptune, among many others.
Anne of Green Gables—The Musical™ plays the Homburg Theatre in Charlottetown from June 3 to September 26.
Artistic Director Adam Brazier, Music Director Bob Foster, Choreographer Robin Calvert, Costume & Scenic Designer Cory Sincennes, Lighting Designer Michael Walton, and Sound Designer Peter McBoyle.