New York City’s Royal Family Productions is bringing back Chris Henry’s popular adaptation of the novel “Anne of Green Gables” by Lucy Maud Montgomery. “Anne of Green Gables: Part I” was a sold-out hit when performed at South Road Farm last September, and this remount pairs it for the first time with “Anne of Green Gables: Part II.” These one-woman shows have been adapted and directed by Chris Henry with creative direction by Lorna Ventura. This special pared-down presentation has been adapted specifically for this production at Community Little Theatre in Auburn. Part I will play at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 17, followed by Part II at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, June 18. Both parts will play back to back on Saturday, June 18, with Part I starting at 5:30 p.m. and Part II starting at 7:30 p.m.

Chris Henry has adapted “Anne of Green Gables” by Lucy Maud Montgomery into a one-woman, all-ages theatrical experience starring Nicole Renee Johnson. Part I shares the journey of Anne Shirley; an imaginative, red-headed, hot-tempered, eleven-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. Part II continues the journey with Anne as she navigates her new life in Avonlea – by going to school, making new friends, and trying to control her temper.

Henry is a native of Winthrop, and is thrilled that Royal Family is able to bring this production to a wider audience in her home state.

“Anne of Green Gables: Part 1” will star Nicole Renee Johnson with Erica Misilo. “Anne of Green Gables: Part II” brings back Nicole and Erica, and also stars Rebecca Whitney Klein, with Emily Anne Davis. The creative team for these productions includes original music by Amanda Armstrong, Lars Jacobsen, and Bart Kuebler; lighting design by Ashley Braga, original costume design by Cheyenne Sykes, with sound design by Chet Miller. Caroline May is the Associate Director with a production team including Danny Gay, David Marshall and Ann Fairchild. (New York Premiere lighting and set design by Cheyenne Sykes and projection design by Chelsie McPhilimy.)

Royal Family’s mission is to galvanize the Times Square community by cultivating raw talent, collaborating with seasoned artists, and inspiring audiences with a diversity of lion-hearted theatre. Their programs and productions give artists space at all stages of their careers. In today’s political and social climate, it is also more important than ever to celebrate all voices — especially those underrepresented in the traditional theatre space. Royal Family celebrates the work of female artists, playwrights of color, works with LGBTQIA themes, and artists of all ages and body types.

Royal Family was established in 2007 by Katie Avebe, Mary Bernardi, Chris Henry and Andy Theodorou as a home for artists wishing to challenge and transform the traditional theatre canon.

Tickets are $20, $100, with $250 VIP tickets. If you purchase general admission tickets for Part I and Part II together, you save $10. Tickets need to be purchased in advance by visiting royalfamilyproductions.org.

Community Little Theatre is located at 30 Academy St., Auburn. For more information about Royal Family Productions please visit royalfamilyproductions.org.


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