Rebecca Parent and Hugh Ritchie star in the 2019 production of Anne & Gilbert-The Musical, beginning April 30 at The Guild in Charlottetown.
For Ritchie, this is his first time as Gilbert in the PEI musical. It’s different for Parent who is returning as Anne Shirley, a role she defined in earlier PEI productions.
Before returning to the Anne & Gilbert production last year, Parent spent six seasons with the Watermark Theatre playing such roles as Eliza Doolittle, Marianne Dashwood and Juliet Capulet. She directed a production of The Hobbit and also toured in a show she co-created for the PEI 2014 celebrations, What to Wear to the Birth of Nation. Parent has worked in theatre, film and TV across Canada, most recently with 2b theatre’s productions of What a Young Wife Ought to Know and Unconscious at the Sistine Chapel. She is also a coordinator for Sheatre, an organization which develops community-created art for social change.
Hugh Ritchie’s credits include roles as: Leo Bloom in The Producers; Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors; Tony in West Side Story; and Sergeant Trotter in The Mousetrap at the Lower Ossington Theatre. His film work features appearances in Marine Disasters, Titanic: The New Evidence and Canada: The Story of Us, Blood and Fury, American Lawmen (Discovery).
Twelve youth will be a part of the 2019 Anne & Gilbert young company. They are Krysten Cameron, Brennan Smith, Molly MacEwen, Catherine Cummins,Jack Warren, Emily Smith, Rebekah Brown, Katie Grandy, Sadie Ghiz, Abigail McCarthy, Kathleen Henthorn and Luka Hall.
Anne & Gilbert—The Musical was written by Jeff Hochhauser, Bob Johnston and Nancy White.
Show runs to October 20. Tickets are available at The Guild box office by calling 902-620-3333 or at anneandgilbert.com.