Holiday show: ‘Anne of Green Gables’


Morro Bay’s By the Sea Productions wraps up their 2018 theater season with the family-friendly classic, L.M. Montgomery’s “Anne of Green Gables.”

Set in the early 1900s on Prince Edward Island in Canada, it is the story of Anne Shirley, a red-haired, imaginative 12-year old orphan reluctantly adopted by “old maid” Marilla Cuthbert and her bachelor brother, Mathew.

The play takes Anne through her school years, as she initially confounds and eventually endears herself to the locals and her new family, as her zest for life gets her into several perilous adventures. Fortunately, Anne is equally enthusiastic about her education, ultimately heading to college and a career as a teacher and writer. 

John Battalino, with a long list of both acting and directing credits, chose this play for the holiday season because of its theme of love and acceptance and the joyful spirit of the main character.

Becca McHenry, a newcomer from San Francisco, makes her SLO County theater debut as Anne. Local actor favorites, Sholly Von Stein and Ed Galena, portray the Cuthberts, with Janice Peters, Sarah Smith, Mark Plater and Travis Horton in supporting roles.

Anne’s schoolmates are played by Sophia Lea, Sierra Redman, Addy Burgess, and Jordyn Cheatum.

“Anne of Green Gables” plays from Nov. 30 through Dec. 16 at the hall at Saint Peters by the Sea Episcopal Church, 545 Shasta Ave., Morro Bay. Performances are at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings and matinees are on Saturday and Sunday afternoons at 3 p.m. Tickets are available at www.bytheseaproductions.org or call 805-776-3287 for reservations.


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