Royal Family Productions (Chris Henry, Artistic Director), a Times Square based non-profit theatre company known for its innovative productions and development of new original work, is presenting the World Premiere of Anne of Green Gables: Part I and a workshop presentation of Anne of Green Gables: Part II.
Ali Ewoldt follows her history making run as the first Asian American to play Christine in Broadway’s Phantom of the Opera with a solo tour-de-force performance as Anne Shirley in Anne of Green Gables: Part I.
Based on Lucy Maud Montgomery’s beloved novel, this production is adapted and directed by Chris Henry with choreography by Lorna Ventura. Ms. Henry’s Anne of Green Gables is a one-woman, movement-fueled, theatrical experience for all-ages, featuring dynamic choreography by Lorna Ventura.
Part I shares the journey of Anne Shirley; an imaginative, red-headed, hot-tempered, eleven-year-old orphan, and what happens when she is accidentally brought to the home of quiet siblings Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert in Prince Edward Island. Ms. Ewoldt is a joy to watch as Anne Shirley and seamlessly embodies the other characters of Mrs. Lynde, Marilla Cuthbert, Matthew Cuthbert, Mrs. Spencer, Mrs. Blewett, Mrs. Berry and Diana Berry with great aplomb. She is accompanied by dancers Brooke Averi, Nichole Forde, Hannah Hall, Kara Menendez, Stephanie Young, and Juna Shai.
Opening night is set for Monday, January 28 at 6:30pm and the production runs through February 11.
Doreen Montalvo (On Your Feet, In the Heights) will portray Anne in the workshop presentation of Anne of Green Gables: Part II, January 31 – February 10). She is joined by dancers Emily Anne Davis and Erica Misilo. Part II continues the journey with Anne as she navigates her new life in Avonlea – by going to school, making new friends, and trying to control her temper.
Both shows will be performed at The Royal Family Performing Arts Space located at 145 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036. Tickets for Part I are $29 – $59, $250 (VIP). Tickets for Part II are $19 – $39. All tickets can be purchased by visiting www.royalfamilyproductions.org
“As someone who was adopted, the story of a fiery, strong, imaginative orphan girl really resonated with me throughout my childhood and well into my college years. I am delighted to take this material and adapt Ms. Montgomery’s text for the Royal Family stage with my collaborator Lorna Ventura. We have stripped down the book to its essence and have broken it up into three parts. In January, we are excited to host this World Premiere of Anne of Green Gables: Part I as a one-woman movement-fueled piece starring the amazing Ali Ewoldt with four dynamic dancers. We are equally thrilled to develop Part II right in front of our audiences in order to give Royal Family’s patrons a unique chance to watch this work evolve. Anyone who has ever tried to find their place in the world will find the story of Anne of Green Gables inspiring, and we are so happy to bring Anne Shirley to life at Royal Family.” – Artistic Director, Chris Henry
Ali Ewoldt (Anne – Part I) Ali Ewoldt recently completed more than two years as Christine Daaé in The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway. She made her Broadway debut as Cosette in Les Miserables, a role she also played on the National Tour, and appeared in Lincoln Center’s recent Tony Award Winning revival of The King and I. Ali has played Maria in numerous productions of West Side Story across the nation and the world, including in Houston on the 2009 Broadway Revival’s 1st National Tour. Her other credits include: The Fantasticks (Luisa) Off-Broadway, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Philia) at The Muny in St. Louis, Lyric Opera of Chicago’s The King and I (Tuptim), and McCarter Theatre’s A Christmas Carol (Fan/Mrs. Bonds). Ali performed her solo concert at Feinstein’s/54 Below in New York and has sung in Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, The Town Hall and at Canyon Ranch. Her symphony work includes The NY Pops Carnegie Hall at Carnegie Hall, The American Pops Orchestra, The Houston Symphony and The Boston Pops with Maestro Keith Lockhart. Ali’s TV/Film credits include “The Michael J. Fox Show,” “Yield, Drama: The Web Series” and the short film Mia. She has a BA in psychology from Yale University. www.aliewoldt.com
Doreen Montalvo (Anne – Part II) is so happy to be back at Royal Family after appearing in WOMEN ON FIRE: Scorching the Dividing Lines last fall. Before that, she played Gloria Fajardo on the 1st National Tour of On Your Feet, and performed the role of Amalia in the world premiere of American Mariachi at The Old Globe and The Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Broadway credits include: On Your Feet (Original B’way Cast), In The Heights (Original B’way Cast/Drama Desk Award winner), Off Bway: Curvy Widow (Heidi) at Westside Theatre, Giant (Lupe) at The Public Theatre, La Lupe (Lupe) at PRTT, In The Heights at 37 Arts. TV/Film: “Law & Order,” “Elementary,” “Madame Secretary,” “Tale of Timmy Two Chins,” “Smash,” “All My Children,” “One Life to Live”. She has recently released her solo CD “American Soul/Latin Heart” (pre-Grammy selection), and is a cabaret performer, having performed in NYC at 54 Below, The Metropolitan Room, The Duplex, The Laurie Beechman Theatre and all over the Caribbean, South America, and the Mississippi. www.Doreenmontalvo.com
Anne of Green Gables: Part I‘s creative team includes Amanda Armstrong, Lars Jacobsen, and Bart Kuebler (Original Music), Cheyenne Sykes (Lighting, Scenic, and Costume Design), Chelsie McPhilimy (Projection Design), Chet Miller (Sound Design), Jessica Wu (Associate Director), Lorna Ventura (Choreographer), and Chris Henry (Writer/Director).
Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers, musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.
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