'Anne' charmed audiences during its run on the BCHS stage
A heart-warming classic that kept everyone on the edge of their seats, “Anne of Green Gables” arrived to the BCHS stage the first weekend of November. The tale, centered on Anne, a young orphan girl, who was mistakenly delivered to the farm-owning Cuthbert family, and recounted her escapades in her new home as she pushed the boundaries and made mistakes.
Anne frequently got into trouble, especially since other characters from the town viewed her “unladylike” qualities as problematic.
“It takes a lot of effort and energy, but she’s just such an imaginative person,” said BCHS junior Sonnet Haddad, of playing Anne. “It’s amazing to sort of get to be a kid again.”
Anne makes a place for herself in the hearts of her new neighbors, just as she did all playgoers. BCHS student Austin Dunn, who portrayed Matthew Cuthbert, found many important lessons derived from the play, a sentiment shared by artistic director Ann O'Neill.
“There’s a really deep sense of compassion behind the play,” O’Neill said. “There’s a line in the play about a bend in the road, and we all come to bends in the roads of our own life. The message behind ‘Anne of Green Gables’really teaches that when we come upon those bends, we have to bend with them.”
Throughout the play, audience members grew to know and fell in love with the residents of Green Gables and learned to appreciate the beauty of a soul finding its home.
“Whether the playgoer was an ‘old friend’ of Anne’s or met her for the first time, this charming play forged a bond between the audience and one of literature’s most unforgettable characters,” said O’Neill.