Sheila Humphrey (left) and Katharine Ivey in a scene from Habersham Community Theater’s production of Anne of Green Gables. (Daniel Purcell/Now Habersham)
Set in the late 19th century, Anne of Green Gables is about the adventures of Anne Shirley, an 11-year-old orphan girl. She’s 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.
Set in the fictional town of Avonlea on Prince Edward Island, the story recounts how Anne makes her way with the Cuthberts, in school, and within the town.
Anne is portrayed by the talented Katharine Ivey who went all out for her character and died her hair red.
Sheila Humphrey portrays Marilla Cuthbert. This is her first starring role after starting with Habersham Community Theater nine months ago as a back stage volunteer. Being on stage started as a check off the former educator’s bucket list but is now one of her passions.
When asked about playing such a famous figure in American literature Humphrey responded in her typical humble but confident manner, “It is a challenge because Marilla is everything I am not. But I love challenges and I am having so much fun.”
Director, Lindsey Brackett, beams with delight when talking about how Sheila has taken on the challenge of this role.
“Sheila has tackled the stoic role of Marilla with grace, dignity, and humor. She learns lines quickly and helps keep our cast of teenagers tame. I’m honored to feature her in this show,” said Lindsey.
Mark Watson portrays Marilla’s brother, Matthew Cuthbert. Other cast members include:
Diana Barry: Bebe Tanner (understudy Anne)
Gilbert Blythe: Jadon Williams
Charlie Sloane: Luke Fish (understudy Gilbert)
Moody MacPherson: Edwin Wood
Ruby Gillis: Megan Zimmerman
Josie Pye: Madelynne Brackett
Prissy Andrews: Caroline Barnes
Rachel Lynde: Amy Ivey (understudy Marilla)
Miss Stacey: Grace Thompson (understudy Diana)
Mrs. Barry: Melissa Wood
Mrs. Blewitt: Kaytie Campbell
Mr. Phillips: Christian Bragg
Mr. Spencer: Jeremy Bishop
Stationmaster: Kevin Wood
Anne of Green Gables comes to life on the John Kollock Stage at the Habersham Community Theater starting tonight, Friday, June 1 at 7:30 p.m.
Other scheduled performances are: June 2, 7,8,9 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinee performances June 3 and 10 at 2 p.m.