Full Cast Announced for ANNE OF GREEN GABLES - THE MUSICAL at Charlottetown Festival

Full Cast Announced for ANNE OF GREEN GABLES - THE MUSICAL at Charlottetown Festival

Complete casting has been announced for Anne of Green Gables-The Musical at The Charlottetown Festival. The Adam Brazier-directed production is undergoing a major three-year revival, with new sets, costumes, sound design, even a new Green Gables house, and many more surprises to be unveiled over the next three summers.

The 2017 cast is anchored by AJ Bridel as Anne Shirley, with PEI's Aaron Hastelow as her foil and sometimes love interest, Gilbert Blythe. Joining them as Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert are George Masswohl and Susan Henley. Other leads include Josée Boudreau as Miss Stacey, Marlane O'Brien as Rachel Lynde, Katie Kerr as Diana Barry, and newcomer to the Festival, Kelsey Falconer as Josie Pye.

Sponsored by RE/MAX Charlottetown, the internationally acclaimed musical opens its 53rd season on June 26 in the Homburg Theatre. The Charlottetown Festival is sponsored by CIBC.

Masswohl is a five-time Dora Award nominee and a regular at Stratford and Shaw Festivals. He has performed across Canada with his baritone trio, BRAV?RA, and returns to Charlottetown after performing in Johnny Belinda in 1998. "I am very happy to be returning. I can't wait to walk the same streets and tread the same boards as The Many great actors who have playEd Matthew before me," he remarks.

"P.E.I. carries great significance in my life," he continues. "My mother - another Anne with an E - as a girl, was so transported by L.M. Montgomery's work that she took her first opportunity to emigrate from Scotland to Canada. She wouldn't set foot on the island of her dreams until that summer I was at the Festival. I'm hoping she'll be able to make the trip this season. It would be a great honour to bring Matthew to life in her presence."

Henley returns to the Festival following turns in Spoon River, Evangeline, Canada ROCKS! and as Mrs. Lynde in Anne of Green Gables-The Musical. The Saskatchewan native has performed in all major theatres across Canada and the United States, including three seasons at Stratford.

Additional casting includes Festival returnees: Eric Dahlinger, Robbie Graham-Kuntz, Stephen Guy-McGrath, Alana Hibbert, Melissa Kramer, Connor Lucas, Julain Molnar, Jamie Murray, Melanie Phillipson, Kristen Pottle, Adam Sergison, and Alicia Toner. Newcomers to this theatre include: Evan Taylor Benyacar, Greg Gale, Matthew Lawrence, Nicole Norsworthy, and Ashley St. John. Scroll down for the full company!

FULL CASTING:

AJ Bridel

Anne Shirley

EVAN TAYLOR BENYACAR

Tommy Sloane

JOSÉE BOUDREAU

Miss Stacey/Mrs. Gillis

ERIC DAHLINGER

Charlie Sloane

KELSEY FALCONER

Josie Pye

GREG GALE

Mr. Philips

ROBBIE GRAHAM-KUNTZ

Willie Boulter

STEPHEN GUY-McGRATH

Cecil The Farmer

AARON HASTELOW

Gilbert Blythe

Susan Henley

Marilla Cuthbert

Alana Hibbert

Mrs. Pye

Katie Kerr

Diana Barry

Melissa Kramer

Mrs. Barry/Blewett

MATTHEW LAWERENCE

The Minister

CONNOR LUCAS

Moody MacPherson

George Masswohl

Matthew Cuthbert

Julain Molnar

Mrs. MacPherson/Lucilla

JAMIE MURRAY

Ruby Gillis

NICOLE NORSWORTHY

Gertie Pye

MARLANE O'BRIEN

Mrs. Lynde

Melanie Phillipson

Mrs. Spencer/Sloane

KRISTEN POTTLE

Female Swing/Dance Captain

Adam Sergison

Male Swing

ASHLEY ST. JOHN

Tillie Boulter

Alicia Toner

Prissy Andrews

Pictured: George Masswohl and Susan Henley will make their debuts in the roles of Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, caretakers of Anne at Green Gables.

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