Anne of Green Gables

The Bethel College Theatre Arts Department will present the classic play, Anne of Green Gables on February 3, 4, and 5 in the Everest-Rohrer Chapel/Fine Arts Center Auditorium at 7:30 p.m.

Based on the book by L.M. Montgomery the play is a retelling of the story of gentle Matthew Cuthbert and his stern sister Marilla who writes to the orphanage to send them a boy to help with their farm work in Prince Edward Island in eastern Canada. By mistake they are sent the flamboyant red-headed Anne Shirley who causes both confusion and consternation, but in the end wins over even the prickly Marilla.

Anne will be played by Amy Franklin, a sophomore theatre arts major from Osceola, Indiana while the tender-hearted Matthew Cuthbert will be played by Jeremiah Hawn, a senior English education major from Wakarusa, Indiana. His sister, the stern Marilla, will be portrayed by Vicky Robins, a junior from Walkerton, Indiana majoring in English education and theatre arts. Gilbert, Anne's love interest, will be played by John Jenkins, a freshman from New Carlisle, Indiana. The show will be directed by Barb Stith who will be directing her ninth production at Bethel. Dan Kirkman designed the set while Erin Bryant was costume designer.  Derrick Null was lighting designer and Lisa Staples was production manager.

Tickets for the production go on sale at the Everest-Rohrer Chapel/Fine Arts Center ticket office Thursday, January 6 and can be reserved by calling 574-257-7633 Monday through Friday from 1-5 p.m.  Admission is $12 for adults and $10 for seniors, students and groups of 15 or more.

Bethel College is an accredited Christian college of the arts and sciences offering associate's, bachelor's and master's degrees in more than 50 areas of study. The current enrollment of 1,964 includes students from 34 states, 19 countries, more than 20 denominational affiliations and 16 percent from culturally diverse backgrounds. Scholarships are available based upon a variety of factors including academic achievement, talent in the arts or athletics, ethnicity and church affiliation. The Bethel campus is situated on 75 beautifully wooded acres in Mishawaka, Indiana.