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MCT’s Anne of Green Gables takes the stage May 31, June 1, 7 and 8 at 7:30pm, and June 2 and 9 at 2:00pm. Tickets are $12.50 for adults and $10.00 for students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased online at www.mctbackstage.com, or reserved by phone at 814-333-1773.

How is Anne a show that can span generations? It truly is entertainment for children and adults, with humor and heart for anyone of any age. Our cast is proof because of all the families involved. Many times, a show that has a strong teen cast is called a “youth show” and very few adults are necessary. Other shows have a strong adult cast and only one or two children are needed. Anne of Green Gables has an equally strong and numerous teen and adult cast, and many of the actors are related.

Portraying Anne Shirley is Ahmaya Andrews. In an ironic twist, Ahmaya’s mother, Traci, is playing Rachel Lynde. Rachel is not keen on girl orphans and is not very nice to Anne. And Anne is not very nice back. One must wonder how it feels to be given permission to yell at your mother, and not get into trouble once you get home.

For Traci and Ahmaya, it’s not a problem. They enjoy each other’s company, doing things like playing games, watching The Simpsons and listening to David Bowie when not at the theater. Respect for the other’s abilities is mutual, with Ahmaya saying that her mom “is good at capturing the vibe of an annoying, gossiping woman.”

This admiration runs through the whole cast. Mother-son team JoLayne and Braden Green play Mrs. Barry and Gilbert Blythe respectively. They both say the other is doing a wonderful job bringing life to their character. However, Jolayne, who is no stranger to the stage but has never shared that stage with Braden, is nervous to do so because “he is so good. He commits to a character and is not afraid to try.”

As it turns out, no one who is related off stage plays characters who are related on stage. There are parent-child relationships, sibling relationships, and even husband and wife teams. They extend from on stage to back stage roles. Anne of Green Gables’ Assistant Director, Geoff Hall, is the son of Tom, who plays Matthew Cuthbert, and Becky, who is Costume Mistress.

Anne of Green Gables’ cast and crew is proud that this is a show for families, by families. Stay in contact with MCT and get to know all the cast and family units through Facebook (@mct1967) and Instagram (@mctbackstage). They want to see you in Avonlea, so get your tickets today at www.mctbackstage.com.

Located in Northwestern Pennsylvania, Meadville Community Theatre is a small town, non-profit organization that is run by community members for the enjoyment of the entire community. And, of course, visitors from outside the community are ALWAYS welcome to come join the fun and watch a show . Meadville Community Theatre (MCT) is located in the Odd Fellows Building at 400 North Main Street in Meadville, Pennsylvania on the campus of Allegheny College. The theatre has a comfortable seating capacity of 150—keeping the audience up close and personal to each stage production. There isn’t a bad seat in the house. MCT has provided excellent live theater in Meadville, PA since 1967. For more information on A Night at an English Music Hall,visit us on Facebook or call (814)333-1773.Meadville Community Theatre…where “community” is our middle name!

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Photo credit Sonia Neu of A Neu Image.