A Musical by Jeremy Tow, Jeany Van Meltebeke & David Snider
Based on two short stories from the author of Anne of Green Gables, this charming, heartfelt musical originated at the Chemainus Theatre Festival on Vancouver Island in 2000 and was wonderfully received by audiences and critics alike.
Creators include Rosebud School of the Arts instructors Jeany Van Meltebeke and David Snider.
Strangers find common ground on a train bound to Charlottetown one snowy Christmas Eve in the early 1900s. They gather around Aunt Theodora with her overflowing basket, and stories of Christmas miracles past.
"A rich and colourful Christmas story told from a Canadian perspective encompassing hope and tragedy, loss, faith and renewal.... The play is a musical but its lyrical excursions strike a balance in the production and definitely augment rather than dominate the story. An L.M. Montgomery Christmas will appeal to a wide range of audiences from yount to old. Is't a must-see for anyone looking for a fresh accounting of the meaning of Christmas."
- Chris Bush - The Nanaimo New Bulletin, 2000
"There have been more elaborate Noel plays, but none conveys the simplicity of love befitting the season quite like the new musical An L.M. Montgomery Christmas."
- Peter Rusland - Cowichan News Leader, 2000
"A very joyous event that should be around for Christmases to come."
- Robert Mitchell - CBC Radio, 2000
|An L.M. Montgomery Christmas Cast|
|Sarah Joy Robinson||Aunt Theodora|
|Esther Koepnick||Lucy Rose/ Young Theodora|
|Cassia Schmidt||Young Mother/ Mrs. Benson|
|Katherina Stegerman||Jimmy/ Georgie|
|Keisha Wright||Tommy/ Jack|
|Rebbekah Ogden||Emma/ Sara|
|Stuart Giesbrecht||Soldier/ Mr. Lurgen|
|Joel Braun||Minister/ Donald|
|Anja Jonsson||Shop Girl/ Mrs. Lurgen|
|Dale Clark||Mrs. Kindernein/ Aunt Elizabeth|
|Stephen Ellerbeck||Conductor/ Mr. Benson|
|Jeany Van Meltebeke||Director/ Set & Costume Designer|
|Mark Lewandowski||Lighting Design & Advisor|
|Brad. G. Graham||Stage Manager|
|Production Manager||Mark Lewandowski|
|Amy Castro||Costume Advisor|
|Denise Lines||Props Advisor|
|Stephen Ellerbeck||Set Advisor|