The Cedar Street Players, the newly named community theatre arm of Ozark Actors Theatre, will take to the stage on November 8 with their production of Anne of Green Gables. The show is led by an entirely local and community cast, and is being directed by professional Canadian director, Mika Laulainen.
“We’re thrilled to have Mika here for the first production under our new banner of the Cedar Street Players,” Ozark Actors Theatre Artistic Director A.S. Freeman, said, “She is an incredibly smart, specific, and creative director. She is doing a great job of furthering our work with these very talented artists who call our community home.”
Ozark Actors Theatre has a long history of producing a community show in during the two weekends before Thanksgiving. “The fall community show has been a central part of who we are as an organization for a very long time,” said Freeman, “As an organization, providing a creative home for the many talented artists in this community and the surrounding areas is very important to us.”
The show is led by local performer Caiti Townley in the title role. Markus Bauer plays Gilbert Blythe, and many other local favorites and newcomers will delight audiences as they bring this classic story of orphan Anne Shirley to life. Like many people, director Mika Laulainen has a very personal connection to the story, “I read all of the Anne novels by L.M. Montgomery in my youth and identified with Anne. I love how empowered she is and how she’s not afraid to speak her mind,” she Laulainen said, “Anne is a strong female protagonist and I love that she was a role model for me and many other girls growing up who had permission to imagine, to feel their emotions instead of hiding them, and to succeed to the best of their abilities.”
When asked why people should see the show, Director Laulainen had this to say, “Anne of Green Gables is a treasured, timeless story. The play is wildly fun, hopeful, and full of delight - just like Anne herself.”
The show will run November 8-18 at the Cedar Street Playhouse. Tickets are available at the Ozark Actors Theatre Box Office, and are readily available online. The show is written by Peter DeLaurier and is produced with permission of Playscripts.com.