A Lucy Maud Montgomery favorite will come to life on stage this month with the premiere of “Anne of Avonlea” at Uxbridge Music Hall.
The family-friendly show will focus on some of the classic author’s most beloved characters.
“It’s basically an exploration of the relationships from the first book, so watching Diana and Anne and Anne and Gilbert and how they grow up,” said director Jackie Bellamy of the production, which had been put on indefinite hiatus when COVID-19 hit. pandemic hit.
“It’s been a long time coming,” said producer Mike Bridgeman, who also worked on the TV series “Anne with an E” and incorporated some of the show’s props into the production.
“It’s all period costumes and period pieces and we even have these period accessories,” he said. “It’s just a fun show with a fun cast.”
Indeed, returning after an extended COVID hiatus has created a bond between the cast, who recently visited Lucy Maud Montgomery’s former home and Historic Leaskdale to help get into character.
“I think it really helped them develop their characters because they got to sit in Lucy Maud’s living room and in her office where she wrote the next books beyond Avonlea,” Bellamy said. . “There’s such a connection to Lucy Maud here and I know a lot of people in the area are very fond of her, so I hope they come and see the show.”
Bellamy describes the show as family-friendly, with humor and heart and something for everyone.
“I’m excited, I think we have a really great show and I think it’s going to be fun for families, for older audiences and for everyone,” she said. “We tried to incorporate a lot of humor; there were elements of humor there already, but we tried to kick things up a notch and add some physical comedy. We just wanted to make it fun, enjoyable, and understandable for all ages.
Tickets are on sale now at www.starticketing.com. Performances run from April 29 to May 7. You can also catch the performance at the historic Leaskdale Church on May 8 as part of a special Mother’s Day Tea, or one of three performances on May 14 and 15. For more information, visit www.uxbridgemusichall.com.