Artistic Director Adam Brazier has announced select casting for the 55th consecutive season of Anne of Green Gables—The Musical™.
Connor Lucas will return to The Charlottetown Festival this summer, making his debut as Anne’s academic rival and would-be beau, Gilbert Blythe. Lucas and his Anne Shirley counterpart, Emma Rudy will also both appear in the Festival’s productions of Kronborg—The Hamlet Rock Musical and Mamma Mia! this summer.
From Comox Valley BC, Connor first debuted at the Festival as part of the TD Confederation Centre Young Company. In 2017 he made the jump to the mainstage as Moody in Anne™ as well as originating the role of Ivan in the premiere of A Misfortune at The Mack.
For his part, the Sheridan College grad can’t wait to return to PEI. “Having the opportunity to play Gilbert has been a dream of mine ever since first performing in the Young Company five years ago. I am so grateful to now have the chance to explore the role as part of such a fabulous company, in a terrific show, on a beautiful Island.”
Also returning to Avonlea under Brazier’s direction will be Shawn Wright and Susan Henley, who portrayed Anne’s guardians, Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert last summer. Wright also staged of his one-man show Ghost Light in the 2018 Festival .
Susan Henley will carry leading roles on opposite ends of the theatre spectrum, returning for her third season as Marilla in Anne™, and as Rosie in Mamma Mia!
Sponsored by CAA, Anne™ opens in the Homburg Theatre on June 24 and plays through September 28. The cast is includes a company of 28 Canadian performers and a 14-member live orchestra.
This 2019 staging is led by Artistic Director Brazier, Music Director Bob Foster, Choreographer Robin Calvert, Associate Music Director David Theriault, Costume and Scenic Designer Cory Sincennes, Lighting Designer Michael Walton, Sound Designer Peter McBoyle and Conductor Craig Fair.