Schultz performance is family friendly

The Schultz Theatre will hold its final August performances this weekend with “Anne of Green Gables.”

Director Elizabeth Dunham said the story follows Marilla Cuthbert and her brother, Matthew, who are determined to adopt an orphan boy to help run Green Gables, their farm on Prince Edward Island.

“But their well-ordered lives take a surprising and hilarious twist when the boy they hoped for turns out to be a redheaded slip-of-a-girl, named Anne Shirley, whose wild imagination leads her into countless scrapes, as well as a place in our hearts forever,” Dunham said.

She said the seven cast members have been rehearsing since the beginning of June to bring this story to the community. Cast members include Meg Heffner, as Anne Shirley; Wendi Black, as Marilla Cuthbert; Ron Smith, as Matthew Cuthbert; Catlin Heily, as Rachel Lynde; Myles Lawlor, as stationmaster/doctor/Gilbert Blythe; Brianna Prunka, as Diana Barry; and Jeanne Russell, as Mrs. Blewett/Ms. Phillips.

“I have always loved the story of Anne,” Dunham said. “It was one of the first classic books I read as a kid, and the opportunity to bring it to life onstage was too good to miss. This lovely version by Catherine Bush is very condensed from the book but it holds all of the main themes and it keeps the show short and sweet so it is perfect for young families or children with shorter attention spans.”

The show is set all ages, she added. “We particularly wanted to reach some children and families with this very family-centered and family-friendly show.”

“Anne of Green Gables” will be performed at 7 p.m. today and Saturday, and at 3 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets are $13 for adults and $11 for students and seniors. Buy tickets online at http://tiny.cc/2p60dy or call the Box Office at 540-740-9119.

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or ktoy@nvdaily.com