Anne And Gilbert: A Review

UPDATE: This is another in my top 20 viewed posts of all time and has created quite a little bit of buzz and commentary. I don’t have a lot of information for an update. Anne and Gilbert still hasn’t been widely produced in the United Sates. I still haven’t gotten back to PEI to see it there. I bought the cast recording and the script book and am regularly caught singing such songs as “Island Through and Through.” While I still have the doubts outlined in my review, I still consider it an awesome show and think you should see it for yourself or at least check out some of the sample tracks from the website.

Sarah's Notebook

Marilla and Crowd in Anne and Gilbert

I consider myself very fortunate to have gotten to see what was only the second production of Anne and Gilbert in the United States. It was produced by a community theater company in Decorah, Iowa just 10 minutes south of Burr Oak and handily on the evening of their Laura Ingalls Wilder Days event, so I got to do both.
http://www.chamberorganizer.com/decorahareachamber/mem_nmp

The musical’s official page is here and you can listen, watch videos, and buy stuff about the production (I’m going to):
http://www.anneandgilbert.com/index.php

The book of the musical is by Jeff Hochhauser, music is composed by Bob Johnston and Nancy White, and lyrics by Nancy White, Bob Johnston, and Jeff Hochhauser. This production was directed by Olga Rinco, musical direction was by Carl Rowles, and choreographers were Robyn Ovans and Joseph Carey. Anne was played by Haley Gibbons and Gilbert Blythe was played…

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Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales striving to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

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