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LCI brings Anne of Green Gables to the stage

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LCI is coping with the loss of the Yates Centre due to renovations by utilizing their own drama room to stage their production of the musical Anne of Green Gables.

Ezra Sulin and Dylan Taylor rehearse Anne of Green Gables. Photo by Richard Amery
“It’s been a challenge. But on the other hand you can build the set and not have to worry about tearing it down,” observed director Kelly Frewin, who has double the cast the production with 51 Grade 9-12 students, who have been rehearsing for the production since the beginning of the school year in September.

“ We also have a 20 piece orchestra which is also double cast and we have a 10-15 technical and backstage crew so there are about 80 kids involved,” Frewin noted.

 He said double casting has been helpful.

“ A lot of the kids have other things scheduled, so if one can‘t show up to rehearsal, another will be able to,” he observed.
He said Anne of Green Gables is a perfect show for this year.
“ It’s Canada 150 this year, and  Anne of Green Gables  is a perfect family friendly story that will appeal to a wide range of people who I hope will come and enjoy it,” Frewin said.

“It takes place in the late 1800s in Canada on Prince Edward island. It is about an orphaned girl who is adopted by a family and the effect she has on their lives as she gets into all sorts of trouble as she gets accepted into the family and the community,” Frewin described. LCI is putting on a huge production of Anne of Green Gables  this week. Photo by Richard Amery
 Frewin noted putting on the musical has been a challenge.


“We’re working with a smaller stage than we’re used to, especially for a musical,” he said, noting they put on a musical every three years or so.

He noted, at two hours or so  long, it is a longer show.

“ But it’s lots of fun. There is lots of music and because there is two different casts, it is two very different shows,” he said.

Anne of Green Gables runs at LCI Dec. 11-16 with an additional matinee at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 16.

Show times are Monday through Friday at 7 p.m.  And there is a matinee at 1 p.m. on Dec. 16.
 Friday night is already sold out. Tickets are $20.

 A version of this Story Appears in the December 13, 2017 edition of the Lethbridge Sun Times/ Shopper
— By Richard Amery, L.a. Beat Editor
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