Comedy/Drama. Adapted by R.N. Sandberg. From the novel by L.M. Montgomery.
Cast: 3m., 5w., with doubling, or up to 11 (4m., 4w., 1 boy, 2 girls). In this faithful, unsentimental dramatization of the first part of the beloved classic, Marilla Cuthbert and her brother Matthew request an orphan boy to help work their farm. They are mistakenly sent the high-spirited, red-head named Anne Shirley. Knowing they are ill-equipped to raise a child, Marilla attempts to send Anne back to the orphanage. With Matthew lobbying to keep Anne, Marilla ultimately agrees to let her stay at Green Gables. The trials and tribulations Marilla fears come to pass as Anne insults Marilla's best friend, "loses" Marilla's most cherished brooch, smacks the school's prize pupil with a slate, and inadvertently gets her best friend, Diana, drunk on cherry cordial. She also turns out to be bright, charming, resourceful and full of irresistible imagination. Marilla and Matthew admit she is the best thing that ever happened to them, and Anne comes to understand she is a loved, worthwhile person. Main setting is Green Gables with various locations around Avonlea to be suggested. Turn-of-the-20th-century costumes. Approximate running time: 60 minutes.
Two-Act Version (with the same cast size)