The Rossland Light Opera Players’ (RLOP) Anne of Green Gables’ enchanting performance opened at the Charles Bailey Theatre in Trail on Friday.
This iconic Canadian musical will have you cheering for the animated Anne Shirley as she gradually wins the hearts of her reluctant guardians. The show appeals to a wide audience, particularly older people who have read the book series as well as children. Being light-hearted with a few serious scenes, this is a hopeful play about a young adopted orphan.
RLOP has a cast of 30 for this show. The live orchestra adds another dimension to the performance. An ensemble of 15 members including the trombone, bassoon, cello, piccolo and every instrument expected in a live theatre performance, play 22 musical numbers plus an additional five reprises.
Anne Shirley is played by Julia Halbert of Fruitvale, B.C. Halbert is 14 years old and has attended acting classes in Montana, U.S. Her previous stage experience includes performing in Alice in Wonderland.
Halbert’s performing experience shows from her lively outgoing character performance. Halbert has dyed her hair red specially for this production.
RLOP have included the sweetest way to announce the show’s intermission by serving ice cream cones donated by Ferraro Foods.
The RLOP is the oldest amateur theatre group in the British Columbia interior.
“It is a thrill to bring Anne of Green Gables to you and the RLOP hopes our rendition of this musical icon brings you as much pleasure as we have in performing it,” reads the program.
Did you know that you can hire a costume from RLOP? Their extensive costume department rents costumes and props for all occasions. Call 250-362-5665 for details and to arrange a fitting appointment.
The show continues in Rossland at the Rossland Summit School (RSS) on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 27 and 28 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children and are available from Tails Pet Supplies in Rossland.