"Anne of Green Gables" Musical Has Something for Everyone!

Beloved character Anne of Green Gables has been featured on license plates and postage stamps, and soon, she'll be at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage!

Goodwill Theatre will offer “Anne of Green Gables”, a one-hour musical based on the internationally beloved book by L.M. Montgomery, on Saturday April 30 at 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm, at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage in Johnson City.

The classic tale of a young orphan girl whose dauntless spirit transforms her adoptive family is brought to life by Manhattan’s ArtsPower National Touring Theatre, and sponsored by Lockheed Martin.

Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert want a boy to help with the chores. They are not expecting Anne Shirley, an orphan with little more than a tattered carpet bag and a big imagination. This popular and heart-warming musical tells the story of vivacious Anne and her journey to find the family she’s always wanted.

“Our Story Time Theatre Series offers entertainment for children, but we wanted to provide shows for middle school students and teenagers,” said Goodwill Theatre CEO Naima Kradjian. “This show, just like the storybook series, can be enjoyed and appreciated by audiences of all ages. It’s a well loved story, so we expect audiences of all ages to attend.”

Set at the turn of the century, “Anne of Green Gables” features a rich musical score, beautiful period costumes, and imaginative sets. Written and directed by Greg Gunning, with music by Richard DeRosa, “Anne of Green Gables” has been performed in some of the leading cultural centers across the United States since its premiere in 1993.

The novel “Anne of Green Gables” was published in 1908 by Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery, and has since sold more than 50 million copies, and been translated 36 languages. It is taught to students around the world, and is especially popular in Japan. Montgomery continued the story of Anne Shirley in a series of eight sequels. The Green Gables farmhouse which inspired Montgomery is located on Prince Edward Island, and many tourist attractions have been developed based on Anne. There have been numerous adaptations for the stage, as well as two films and several television series based on or inspired by the novels, including an animated version for PBS.

Tickets are $10 for adults, and $8 for children, students, and seniors citizens. Reservations, and information on all shows, are available by calling the Goodwill Theatre Box Office at (607) 772-2404, ext. 1. Tickets, if still available, will also be sold at the door, one hour before show time. The Schorr Family Firehouse Stage, located at 46-48 Willow Street in Johnson City, accepts cash, checks and all major credit cards. General Seating is based on a first-come; first-served policy. Refreshments will be available for sale.

The Schorr Family Firehouse Stage is the first performance venue of the Goodwill Theatre Performing Arts Complex & Professional Training Facility. Patrons are advised to enter the facility through the parking lot on Corliss Avenue. Parking is available in a small lot at the theatre, on-street, and in various Village municipal lots within two blocks of the theatre.

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