Westwood Middle School’s Theater I class participated in National Read Aloud Day (Feb. 5) by introducing Westwood Elementary’s fourth grade to “Anne of Green Gables: A New Musical,” which will also be the middle school’s upcoming spring musical.

WMS Speech and Theater teacher Karen Lewis first read a chapter from the original novel, then students performed the scene before the fourth grade.

Eighth grader and veteran area actor Alyssa Freeze plays a very exceptional Anne, whom the narrator observes “no commonplace soul inhabits the body of this young woman.”

Aidan Hetrick and Shannon Reed play middle aged Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert who accidently adopt the young girl rather than a boy that they had intended to adopt to help with the farm.

Settling in the only home she has ever known, the quite imaginative Anne quickly makes friends and has run ins with those less than friendly.   

Thirty talented middle school actors plus four student crew members bring this classic tale to the stage for three nights. 

Lewis calls the show “A heartwarming tale of finding acceptance and love.” The show is based on Book, music, and lyrics by Janet Yates Vogt and Mark Friedman and the novel by L.M. Montgomery. Lewis Directs and Landon Spangler is the music director.

Tickets sold only at the door for general seating.  $10 adults/$5 students.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 20-22.

The cast includes Giana Afflerbaugh, Jonas Baugh, Scarlet Cain, Cali Clark, Aubrey Crosslin, Anaiah Davenport, Zowee Dillard, Cody Douglas, Jackson Eaton, Griffen Farley, Mallory Freeman, Alexandra Rivas Garcia, Melissa Garcia, Mattalyn Goney, Jeffery Hale, Coralee Harrison, Cater Jernigan, Sarah Khan, Ava Lemons, Rylea McNamara, Marli Miller, Lyndsey Paschall, Arianna Qualkinbush, Elias Ramon, Luis Reyes, Jordan Robinson and Addison VanWinkle. The crew consists of stage manager Kylee Fichum, assistant stage manager Raygan Dubler and technicians Krish Patel and Elijah Rivera.   

 

John has been with the Manchester Times since May 2011. He covers Lifestyles in addition to handling education reporting and general news assignments.John has won Tennessee Press Association awards for Best News Photo and placed in numerous other categories. John is a 1994 graduate of Tullahoma High School, a graduate of Motlow State Community College and earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Middle Tennessee State University. He lives in Tullahoma, and enjoys the outdoors with his wife, Mitsy, and his 17-month-old, Sean.

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John has won Tennessee Press Association awards for Best News Photo and placed in numerous other categories. He is a graduate of THS, Motlow and MTSU. He lives in Tullahoma, and enjoys the outdoors with his wife, Mitsy, and his 17-month-old, Sean.

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