Two New York Metropolis playwrights are on the verge of a world premiere of their new musical that includes Prince Edward Island’s favorite fictional character.
Anne of Inexperienced Gables – A New People Rock Musical will open at Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Competition in Auburn, N.Y., on July 5.
Co-creator Matte O’Brien has by no means been to P.E.I. or seen Anne of Inexperienced Gables: The Musical, and even seen the brand new Netflix collection.
However O’Brien grew up studying the Anne books, and he and his writing companion Matt Vinson wished to actually concentrate on what Montgomery wrote.
“We wished to verify we have been working off the unique supply materials and never different interpretations,” stated O’Brien.
“However that is what’s superb concerning the materials. It is thrilling that it is impressed totally different writers to do various things and take totally different angles on it.”
Intimate and bigger than life
O’Brien stated discovering the proper strategy for the musical was a wrestle at first. It took near a 12 months to search out the proper strategy.
“We wished to seize, clearly, the world of Prince Edward Island as finest we may, that really feel of group,” he stated.
“But additionally … musicals reside at this heightened stage, and we have been making an attempt to determine how will we blow it out so it could possibly really feel small and intimate but additionally blow out into a much bigger, larger-than-life factor.”
Lastly, they struck on the concept of bringing Anne’s bigger imaginings to the stage alongside the presentation of the tight-knit group of Avonlea.
“Anne begins to conjure, for lack of a greater phrase, her creativeness, which she’s well-known for, after which we see that come to life on the stage,” stated O’Brien.
O’Brien is making an attempt to not get too far forward of himself by way of the way forward for the musical. His agent is speaking a couple of present in New York and someplace in Canada after the Finger Lakes run.
As soon as the present is on the stage, O’Brien is planning to binge watch all of the Anne productions he can discover to atone for how different artists have interpreted the traditional story, and he’s additionally planning a visit to P.E.I. in August.
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