A classic coming-of-age tale will come to life on May 17 when “Anne of Green Gables” comes to South Jackson Civic Center.
According to center officials, it will host a touring production of the musical based on the 20th century novel by Lucy Maud Montgomery on Friday, May 17.
The story follows the adventures of Anne Shirley, an 11-year-old orphan girl who is mistakenly sent to live with the Cuthbert family in a fictional town on Prince Edward Island.
While the Cuthbert siblings, Matthew and Marilla, were expecting a boy to come help them perform chores on their farm, they instead meet Anne, a vivacious young orphan with a wild imagination and a breathless fascination to find a place to call home.
The musical follows Anne’s journey to creating her own home with the Cuthberts and finding the family she’s always wanted.
According to center officials, the production is part of the center’s education outreach series, a 35-year-old effort to bring in “quality professional programming at affordable prices to the schools in the area.”
The series frequently works area schools to bring in productions that fit into the school curriculum, officials said.
This production is being brought to Tullahoma by the New Jersey-based traveling theater group ArtsPower. According to its website, ArtsPower was founded in 1985 with the express purpose of bringing “quality music performances” to children. The group acquired the rights to perform its first show in 1989, and it has been travelling the nation and Canada ever since.
There will be two performances of the musical on Friday. The first performance will take place at 9 a.m., followed by the final show at 12:15 p.m.
According to South Jackson’s Greg Gressel, the original intent of the Friday performances was to bring in school groups to attend the performances.
However, Gressel said, scheduling conflicts saw most area schools having their annual field days on that Friday.
But he hasn’t lost hope that people will attend the showing. Instead, Gressel said, he’s been in contact with several special groups, including preschools, day care centers, and the senior citizens centers to bring them in to see the beloved tale.
While “Anne of Green Gables” is widely considered a children’s book, Gressel said the performance is really one that people of all ages can enjoy, particularly if they loved the book when they were younger.
Additionally, Gressel said he’s inviting the entire community to stop by if they have an hour to spare on Friday, as the performance is family-friendly and fun for all.
Tickets are only $5 per person to attend the show, according to Gressel, and can be purchased ahead of time at www.southjackson.org.
Erin McCullough may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.