Ballet Jörgen: Anne of Green Gables - The Ballet
March 18, 2020 at 7:30 PM
Anne of Green Gables – The Ballet™ is a playful, colourful and evocative production that will transport audiences to early 20th century Atlantic Canada. Based on the beloved Canadian Novel by Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables – The Ballet™ follows the adventures of Anne Shirley, an orphan girl sent to live on a farm in the fictional town of Avonlea, Prince Edward Island.
Canada’s Ballet Jörgen will premier this ballet September 28, 2019 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The Saskatoon performance will be one of 40-plus stops on a two-year North American tour.
This is the first time the beloved Canadian tale has been authorized for creation as a full-length ballet, made possible by the heirs of author Lucy Maude Montgomery.
Anne of Green Gables is a 1908 novel by Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery (published as L. M. Montgomery). Written for all ages, it has been considered a children’s novel since the mid-twentieth century. It recounts the adventures of Anne Shirley, an 11-year-old orphan girl who is mistakenly sent to Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, a middle-aged brother and sister who had intended to adopt a boy to help them on their farm in the fictional town of Avonlea on Prince Edward Island. The novel recounts how Anne makes her way with the Cuthberts, in school, and within the town.
Anne Shirley, a young orphan from the fictional community of Bolingbroke, Nova Scotia (based upon the real community of New London, Prince Edward Island), is sent to live with Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert, siblings in their fifties and sixties, after a childhood spent in strangers’ homes and orphanages. Marilla and Matthew had originally decided to adopt a boy from the orphanage to help Matthew run their farm at Green Gables, which is set in the fictional town of Avonlea. Through a misunderstanding, the orphanage sends Anne instead.
Anne is highly imaginative, eager to please and, at times, quite a dramatic individual. However, she is defensive about her appearance, despising her red hair and pale, thin frame. She is often quite talkative, especially when it comes to describing her fantasies and dreams. At first, stern and sharp Marilla says Anne must return to the orphanage, but after much observation and considering, along with Matthew’s strong liking to Anne, she decides to let her stay.
As a child of imagination, Anne takes much joy in life and adapts quickly, thriving in the close-knit farming village. Her imagination and talkativeness soon brighten up Green Gables.
Ballet score arranged by Alexander Levkovich from Anne of Green Gables – The Musical™ composed by Norman Campbell.
Anne of Green Gables – The Ballet™ is made possible by Margaret Fountain, C.M. & David Fountain C.M.
Choreography Bengt Jörgen, C.M.
Orchestrator Alexander Levkovich
Set, Prop & Costume Design Sue LePage
Lighting Design Rebecca Picherack
Associate Lighting Design Kaileigh Krysztofiak
Stage Direction Heinar Piller
Ballet Synopsis Adapted by Bengt Jörgen, Sue Lepage and Heinar Piller