An original adaptation by

Family Playhouse

Based on the novel by

L. M. Montgomery

Original music by

Dean Anderson

"What a splendid day!...I pity people who aren't born yet for missing it. They may have good days, of course, but they can never have this one..."


The time is 1908. The place is Avonlea, Canada. Green Gables is the home of lovable Matthew Cuthbert and his stern sister, Marilla. When Marilla decides to adopt an orphan boy to help Matthew with his farm work, the orphanage makes a mistake and sends instead a high-spirited redhead called Anne Shirley. With a knack for trouble and misadventure, her irresistible spunk steals everyone’s heart. We follow Anne’s strenuous but brimful schooldays with Mr. Phillips, her attachment to her bosom friend, Diana Barry, her feud with Gilbert Blythe, her contest with Josie Pye, and her undying loyalty to Matthew and Marilla. Through her all too vivid imagination and romantic heart, we glimpse the inmost joys of a girl who only marks the hours that shine, as she struggles toward fair maidenhood.

The production boasts a gorgeous romantic score that expresses the irrepressible hope of a young girl learning how to love and be loved.

A Storyboard
"Oh, Mr. Cuthbert, it seems wonderful that I'm going to live with you and belong to you. I've never belonged to anybody - not really." "What color would you call this? ...Yes, it's red. Now you see why I can't ever be perfectly happy." "Which would you rather be if you had the choice - divinely beautiful or dazzlingly clever or angelically good?"
"I do hope someday I shall have a white dress. That is my highest ideal of earthly bliss. I've never had a pretty dress in my life - but of course it's all the more to look forward to, isn't it?" "I read in the paper how a man and his wife took a boy out of an orphan asylum and he set fire to the house - set it on purpose, Marilla - and nearly burnt them to a crisp in their beds." "You would cry, too, if you were an orphan and had come to a place you thought was going to be home and found that they didn't want you because you weren't a boy."
"I'm so glad it's sunshiny and not rainy... It's all very well to read about sorrows and imagine yourself living through them heroically, but it's not so nice when you really come to have them, is it? Especially on a rainy day." "If you must call me Anne, please call me Anne spelled with an "e" and I shall try to reconcile myself to not being called Cordelia." "Can you eat when you are in the depths of despair?"
"People who look after three sets of twins can't be expected to say their prayers. Now, do you honestly think they can?" "Mrs. Hammond said God made my hair red on purpose so I've never cared for Him since." "If I really wanted to pray, I'll tell you what I'd do. I'd go out into the deep, deep woods and I'd look up into the sky, up, up, up into that lovely blue sky that looks as if there was no end to it's blueness. And then, I'd just feel a prayer."
"Gracious Heavenly Father. Please let me stay at Green Gables; and please let me be good-looking when I grow up." "Isn't it a splendid thing that there are mornings? You don't know what's going to happen through the day, and there's so much scope for the imagination." "No matter how hard I try to be good I can never make a success of it...But don't you think the trying so hard ought to count for something?"
"Oh, Mrs. Lynde, I am so extremely sorry. I could not express my sorrow, no, not if I used up a whole dictionary. Every word you said was true. My hair is red and I'm freckled and skinny. What I said to you about being fat and not having a spark of imagination in you was true, too, but I shouldn't have said it...Oh, Mrs. Lynde, please, please say you forgive me." "I kind of think she's one of the sort you can do anything with if you only get her to love you."
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