The words to the opening song are, “Anne of Green Gables never change.” However the festival had announced plans to re-invigorate Canada’s longest running musical last year.
Changes proposed for the Charlottetown Festival production of Anne of Green Gables this season will proceed as planned.
Charlottetown’s The Guardian news reported today that they had also announced that the last of the show’s original creators, Don Harron, would be writing a new scene.
The changes did not include new musical arrangements or new costumes but did include changes in a number of areas relating to the design of the production, its direction and its casting.
The festival executive director David MacKenzie said Wednesday that it is a bold new direction for the festival and the authors and their families after 46 successful years with Anne on our stage.
Changing any icon is a challenge and this process certainly was no different. (some words taken from The Guardian)
Each year I make my way down to the Confederation Centre and see Anne again. Nothing changes and it is the best musical and the part where Matthew dies brings me to tears each year. I’m looking forward to the opening this year as the years before and I’ll watch for any changes I might notice.
The musical “Anne of Green Gables” plays this year in the Confederation Centre from June 28 to August 31, 2011.
Be sure to get your tickets early, they are selling fast.