ANNE OF GREEN GABLES Gets New Stage Adaptation Off-Broadway
Royal Family Productions, a theatre company known for its innovative productions and development of new original work, will present a unique adaptation of the celebrated novel Anne of Green Gables: Part 1 by L.M. Montgomery. This new one-woman shows has been adapted and directed by Chris Henry and choreographed by Lorna Ventura.
The workshop presentation begins on Tuesday, May 30 and will run through Sunday, June 10, with a special benefit reception on Saturday, June 3. The production will take place at Royal Family's Times Square home at Royal Family Performing Arts Space (145 West 46th Street, 3rd Floor).
Tickets for regular performances are $30 and $250 for the benefit production on Saturday, June 3rd ($220 tax-deductible) and include a pre-show cocktail reception with Special Guests to be announced soon. Reception begins at 5:30pm followed by the workshop performance of Anne of Green Gables at 6:30pm. Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.RoyalFamilyProductions.org.
Chris Henry has adapted Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery into a one-woman, movement-fueled, all-ages theatrical experience starring Rocky Vega and featuring dynamic choreography by Lorna Ventura. Anne of Green Gables: Part I shares the journey of Anne Shirley, an imaginative, red-headed, hot-tempered, 11-year-old orphan and what happens when she is accidentally brought to the home of quiet siblings Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert in Prince Edward Island. Come join us this spring for Part I of a four-part theatrical series, bringing this beloved classic to life! This marks Royal Family's first time adapting a pre-existing work as well as their first-ever production for a multi-generational, family-friendly audience.
Anne of Green Gables Part 1 will star Rocky Vega (Tangled in the Reins) and accompanied by a dance ensemble featuring Brooke Averi, Camri Hewie, Jenna Ho, Cindy Reid, and Tika Tsiklauri.
The creative team includes original music by Amanda Armstrong, Lars Jacobsen, and Bart Kuebler; scenic, lighting and costume design by Cheyenne Sykes' projection design by Chelsie McPhilimy and sound design by Chet Miller.
Royal Family Productions has produced more than 350 performances and created over 1,700 employment opportunities for performers and theatre professionals. Royal Family's productions have been reviewed by The New York Times, The Irish Times, Time Out, The Village Voice, Time Out London, The Boston Globe, The London Times, and was featured three years in a row in the esteemed Edinburgh Fringe Festival. They have involved accomplished members of the theatre community, including John Cariani (Tony nominee Fiddler on the Roof; Something Rotten!), Kathleen Chalfant (Tony nominee Angels in America; Wit), Elizabeth A. Davis (Tony nominee, Once) Taye Diggs (Rent/Hedwig and the Angry Itch) JoAnn M. Hunter (School of Rock, Disaster) and Anthony Rapp (Rent, If/Then), among others.
In New York City, Royal Family has produced premieres of Rock and Roll Refugee with music and lyrics by Genya Ravan and a book by Chris Henry, LOVE/SICK (by John Cariani); Without You (by Anthony Rapp, co-produced with The New York Musical Theatre Festival), Four Last Things (by Lisa Tierney-Keogh), Dedalus Lounge (by Gary Duggan) and Safe Home (by Sean Cullen). At the Edinburgh Fringe Festival: Romeo/Juliet and 3D Hamlet: A Lost Generation (by The Fundamental Theatre Project, in association with The Irish Arts Center). In London: Without You (by Anthony Rapp, co-produced with London's Meiner Chocolate Factory). Workshops: The Water Dream (by Shawn Cody), Born Blue (by Caren Lyn Tackett), Nobody Suspects a Butterfly (by Chris Henry, with additional writing by Katie Avebe) and Louie, Red, and the Jazzman (book by Chris Henry, music and lyrics by Wycliffe Gordon). Emerging Artists' Work: Opal Ann Meets the Fabulous Kit Katt: a Play with Musical Fantasies (by Chris Henry with music and lyrics by Summer Hyde and Daniel A. Weiss). Don Pedro de la Cebolla (by Matthew Harrington), Selections from Walking the Volcano (by Jon Lipsky), and Fireside Theatre (adapted by Chris Henry).