A visit to Green Gables

Classic children’s tale comes to stage at Maryville High School

Chandler Condrone (Matthew Cuthbert), Libby Weitnauer (Anne) and Emily Isaacs (Marilla Cuthbert) rehearse a scene from “Anne of Green Gables,” which will be on stage at Maryville High School this weekend.

Photo by Leslie Karnowski

Chandler Condrone (Matthew Cuthbert), Libby Weitnauer (Anne) and Emily Isaacs (Marilla Cuthbert) rehearse a scene from “Anne of Green Gables,” which will be on stage at Maryville High School this weekend.

This Saturday and Sunday, Maryville High School theater students will bring a classic children’s story to life.

The students will bring “Anne of Green Gables” to the stage in the auditorium at Maryville High School. Shows will be at 7 p.m. on Sept. 24 and on 2 p.m. Sept. 25.

“It is appropriate for all audiences and is based on the children’s classic ‘Anne of Green Gables,’ so anyone who is a fan of the book will see their favorite character in this play,” said Sherry Petrowski, drama teacher.

The students are enthusiastic about the story and the period in which it is portrayed. “It is a lot of fun because the roles are so evenly divided between males and females,” Petrowski said. “We have a good balance of roles for all actors. The time period, set in 1900, is fun. We’ve been having fun with costuming from that time period.”

Petrowski said time was one of the biggest challenges to this production. “We started school last month, and we’re opening a play this month,” she said. “Just the pacing and the short period of time we have has been challenging.”

Petrowski said there are 35 actors in the show and this is a senior-led production. “We have over half of the class who are seniors, so we have really good leadership. The rest are made up of juniors, so we’re in really good hands. We have real talented young men and women involved,” she said. “They’re all bringing some good experience.”

The lead female is Libby Weitnauer. “She’s a very talented young lady, and this is her first lead role,” Petrowski said.

Two other actors who have stood out in this production are twins Chandler and Chase Condrone. They were last seen performing in the Shakespeare production on the lawn of the Blount County Public Library in August. “They both have pretty good roles. They have to look different and getting one to look older than the other was fun after seeing them look alike for so long,” the teacher said.

Petrowski takes particular pride in teaching the students how to run the entire production themselves. By the time show time comes, she says she can sit in the back of the theater and watch as the students make the production happen.

“I know I’ve done my job when they no longer need me. My stage manager, Brendon Peck, has seven productions under his belt. He’s another senior who brings considerable experience,” she said.

Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students; children younger than 5 are free.

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