Anne of Green Gables
The stern Marilla and her warm-hearted brother Mathew hope to adopt a boy to work on their farm on rural Prince Edward Island. Instead, the orphanage sends young, red-haired Anne by mistake, and none of their lives will ever be the same.
Characters: (7m, 9f) teens, men and women
Anne Shirley: (Lead) an orphan girl, flighty, dramatic, and headstrong, out of place in prim and proper Avonlea. She is passionate, stubborn, warm, loyal, intelligent, an articulate chatterbox, hugely loving, in love with beauty and a dreamer of great imagination. When she makes mistakes, they’re doozies, but she is full of integrity, and always wants to be a good person.
Marilla Cuthbert: (Supporting) middle‐aged, stern spinster who oversees Green Gables with her brother. She is a deeply feeling woman who does not usually express emotion. Underneath she has a wry sense of humor and a loving heart. Although she raises Anne strictly, she adores her adopted daughter, and by the end of the play she has become softer and more expressive.
Matthew Cuthbert: (Supporting) bachelor farmer who oversees Green Gables with his spinster sister Marilla. He is a hardworking, quiet, caring man, and is painfully shy around women. Anne considers Matthew a kindred spirit and always turns to him when she wants a sympathetic ear.
Rachel Lynde: (Supporting) Avonlea’s resident gossip and busybody. She is most happy when prying into other people’s affairs. She has an affectionate, quarrelsome friendship with Marilla. Mrs. Rachel is outspoken about everything from politics to fashion, and, although childless, she never fails to advise Marilla on how to raise Anne.
Gilbert Blythe: (Supporting) Anne’s classmate and occasional rival, the heartthrob of the Avonlea schoolhouse, he is athletic, popular and very intelligent, usually standing toe to toe with Anne in academic and professional achievement.
Diana Barry: (Supporting) Anne’s classmate and closest friend, friendly, earnest, sincere, a bit of a follower, but loyal to Anne.
Ruby Gillis: (Supporting) Anne’s classmate, pretty, but not terribly bright, Ruby is often the victim of Charlie’s rowdy pranks.
Josie Pye: (Supporting) Anne’s classmate, catty and flirtatious, Josie fervently pursues Gilbert and is put off when his attention turns to Anne.
Moody MacPherson: (Supporting) Anne’s classmate, moody and serious, as his name implies. Moody, unlike Charlie and Gilbert, is quiet and focused in class.
Charlie Sloan: (Supporting) Anne’s classmate, a rowdy practical joker, Charlie and Gilbert are close friends and their classroom antics can become overblown and disruptive.
Miss Stacey: (Supporting) an Avonlea school mistress, creative, warm and patient, Miss Stacey is a stark contrast to the strict authoritarian, Mr. Phillips.
Mrs. Barry: (Supporting) Diana’s slightly stuck up, well-meaning mother. A moralistic woman who has reservations about her daughter’s friendship with Anne.
Mr. Spencer: (Supporting) an Avonlea gentleman who arranges for Anne to come to Green Gables, a tad self‐important and becomes flustered when unforeseen mishaps occur in his dealings.
Mr. Phillips: (Supporting) an Avonlea schoolmaster. He is a contrast- inattentive/authoritarian or “gushy” nice. He does not take to Anne’s classroom outbursts.
Mrs. Blewitt: (Supporting) a shrewish, stingy, overworked Avonlea “housewife”.
Station Master: (Supporting) Jovial and easy‐going.