Anne of Green Gables, A New Musical
Book & Lyrics by Matte O'Brien
Music by Matt Vinson
Directed by Jenn Thompson
Choreography by Jennifer Jancuska
Anne of Green Gables will be produced by the Finger Lakes Musical Theater Festival,
July 5 - July 25, 2018. Learn more about the run here.
Based on the famous novel by Lucy M. Montgomery and is now a new series on Netflix, Anne of Green Gables tells the story of Anne Shirley, a young orphan girl who is mistakenly sent to live with Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, unmarried siblings, on their family farm, Green Gables. She is an imaginative, excitable, fiercely independent, opinionated, stubborn, loving, dramatic, unintentionally hilarious girl - who's constantly getting herself into trouble. With a score that blends folk-rock, pop, gospel, and musical theater styles; and a script that grapples with questions of family, friendship, and the bittersweet trials of adolescence, this new musical version of Anne of Green Gables is the classic story with a contemporary twist.
Anne of Green Gables was presented at the Finger Lakes Musical Theater Festival's, The Pitch, in July 2017.
About the CREATIVE TEAM
Jenn Thompson (Director) Most recently directed the celebrated productions of The Secret Garden at Denver Center for the Performing Arts and Oklahoma! for The Goodspeed Opera House. NYC credits include the world-premiere, Off -Broadway play The Gravedigger's Lullaby for TACT as well as the Mint Theatre Company's Women Without Men, which garnered 2016 Lortel and Off-Broadway Alliance Award nominations for Outstanding Revival; as well as 5 Drama Desk Award nominations, including Outstanding Director and Revival. Jenn served as Co-Artistic Director of Off-Broadway's TACT from 2011 to 2015, directing the critically acclaimed productions of Abundance (2015 Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best Revival), Natural Affection, Lost in Yonkers (2012 Drama Desk Nomination), The Memorandum, The Late Christopher Bean, Bedroom Farce, and The Eccentricities of a Nightingale. Other NY theatre: NYC premiere of Pratfalls (The Abingdon), the world-premiere musical Seeing Stars(NYMF), Badge (Rattlestick), The Brilliance of Bernstein (AMP), and Big Doolie (FringeNYC). Regional credits include Bye Bye Birdie (Goodspeed - 5 Connecticut Critics Circle Award nominations including: Outstanding Director & Musical); Angel Street (St. Louis Rep); Tribes and Lost in Yonkers (Barrington Stage Company); Peter and the Starcatcher and The Philadelphia Story (Pioneer Theatre Company); Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (DCPA); Grounded (City Theatre Pittsburgh); Abundance (Hartford Stage - 4 Connecticut Critics Circle nominations including: Outstanding Director & Play); The Syringa Tree (Portland Stage Company); All in the Timing, Noises Off, Barefoot in the Park, and Boeing-Boeing (Dorset Theatre Festival, where she is a Resident Director); as well as 19 seasons with Connecticut’s award-winning River Rep at the Ivoryton Playhouse, where she directed Damn Yankees, The Heiress, and Dinner with Friends, among others. A 2012 finalist for the SDC’s Joe A. Callaway Award for Excellence in Directing, Jenn is married to actor Stephen Kunken and mom to Naomi. jennthompsondirector.com
Jennifer Jancuska (Choreographer) is a choreographer, producer and the founder of Broadway Connection, BC Beat and The BringAbout, a company which utilizes dance, movement, physical contact and pedestrian gesture to explore the imagination of every tale, and the Creative Director of ASTIR. In 2017, Jennifer joined the Broadway company of Hamilton as Resident Choreographer. Current and upcoming projects as choreographer include: the new play, FMK by James Presson, directed by Sash Bischoff; the new musical, DIVA!, by Alex Sage Oyen and S.P. Monahan, directed by Daniel Goldstein; the new musical, Johnny and the Devil's Box, by Douglas Waterbury-Tieman, directed by John Hurley; and new works with Elliah Heifetz and Srda Vasiljevic including musicals and immersive concerts. This year Jennifer is in residency at The Drama League and Barn Arts and continues to direct and choreograph productions for Sea World/Busch Gardens. Her work in musical theater has been seen in collaboration with The Public Theater, City Center, Skirball Center, Dallas Theater Center, The Royal George, Flat Rock Playhouse, New London Barn Playhouse, Trinity Rep, Merrimack Theatre and Madison Square Garden, among others. Jennifer has been a master teacher and guest lecturer at NYU, Syracuse University, PACE, University of the Arts, College of Charleston, and Shanghai Theater Academy. Graduate of Cornell University. @jencuska www.JenniferJancuska.com
Matte O’Brien (Book & Lyrics) is a playwright/lyricist based in New York City. His plays and musicals include: The Wonderful Mr. & Mrs. O’Leary, Peter & I, White Noise, As Flies to Wanton Boys, Morning Has Broken, Becoming David, THE MEANING OF LIFE… and other useless pieces of information, and The Worst Was This. Current projects include a rock musical re-imagination of Anne of Green Gables with composer Matt Vinson, the musical How We Do with Howie Dorough of the Backstreet Boys, and a play entitled The Night Elaine Stritch Died. He received a Jeff Nomination for his musical White Noise, produced by Whoopi Goldberg, and his play The Wonderful Mr. & Mrs. O’Leary was a 2017 finalist for The National Playwright’s Conference at The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. He holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Syracuse University and a Masters in Classic and Contemporary Text from The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
Matt Vinson (Music) is a New York City based composer, pianist, and arranger. His songs and compositions have been performed at numerous classical, theatrical, and cabaret venues across the US and Europe. Musical works for theatre include Peter & I, CAKE, and Anne of Green Gables with librettist Matte O’Brien; Exiles in Paradise, Doing Nothing All Day, Willie, Mickey, & the Duke, and Elfriede’s Story, written for California Repertory Company; and vocal arrangements and music coordination for Political Subversities, conceived by Elizabeth Swados. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Music & Humanities from the University of Southern California, completed advanced studies in composition and conducting at New York University, and is a composing alumnus of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop.