Elevate Productions of Colorado Ballet Society, will be presenting the highly acclaimed musical version of Anne of Green Gables at the First Company Theatre, United Methodist Church, on 420 North Nevada Avenue, in five performances Friday, October 5th at 7pm; Saturday and Sunday, October 6th and 7th at 2 & 7pm.
“This is the same Guinness World Record version of Anne of Green Gables which is presented on Prince Edward Island in Canada, and is the longest running annual musical theatre production in the world,” shares Colorado Ballet Society founder and director, Patricia Hoffman. “It’s still enjoying tremendous success in its fifty-fourth season, and we are confident that this production will gain even more fans and acclaim here in Colorado Springs.”
The original Anne of Green Gables musical is a Canadian classic written by Donald Harron, based on L.M. Montgomery’s classic novel and the music is by Norman Campbell. This adaptation of the story of an imaginative red-haired orphan searching for belonging is sure to tug at heartstrings and tickle funny bones.
“Anne fans of all ages will enjoy L.M. Montgomery's timeless story not only for the familiarity of their favorite sweet and spunky orphan, but for the beautiful music and incredible dancing,” claims Elevate Productions co-director/choreographer, Bethanny Jorenby. “The characters in this show are strong and multi-dimensional, captivating the audience with the feelings associated with loneliness, hope, fear of rejection, and, finally, acceptance and love. We can't wait to allow the audience to step into the emotion and story with us!”
Jorenby has been involved in the performing arts as a choreographer, director, casting assistant, and performer for dozens of shows. She has been on staff at Colorado Ballet Society for three years and was also the director of Elevate Productions debut production in 2017 of The Music Man which won an award from the Pikes Peak Arts Council.
“This production of "Anne of Green Gables-The Musical" is currently tied as one of my top-two favorite production experiences,” says Jorenby.
Besides delighting audiences with another favorite musical theatre classic, Jorenby hopes to spread awareness to a need in our community which she has a personal connection to.
“I love the way the show feels fresh and real, not saccharine, and balances the drama and trauma of Anne's life with some incredible humor and one-liners,” states Jorenby. “But, having been in foster care until I was adopted at almost six years old, I have a huge passion for orphan care. Anne