Taya Viger (left) plays the older Anne Shirley and Hallie Moorthy is Diana in the Abbotsford Children’s Theatre producion of Anne of Green Gables.

Taya Viger (left) plays the older Anne Shirley and Hallie Moorthy is Diana in the Abbotsford Children’s Theatre producion of Anne of Green Gables.

Abbotsford Children’s Theatre presents Anne of Green Gables

Production on Dec. 15 and 16 at Matsqui Centennial Auditorium

What does Abbotsford Children’s Theatre (ACT) have in common with CBC, Netflix and YTV?

It’s a love of a talkative, red-headed orphan from the Maritimes.

With this year being Canada’s 150th birthday, ACT director Freddy Latham chose Anne of Green Gables for her young actors to perform this holiday season.

Great minds must think alike, as major television networks also recently came out with film and TV productions highlighting this well-known Canadian icon.

The play is based on Lucy Maud Montgomery’s book that was first published in 1908.

Anne Shirley and her many adventures in Green Gables are explored in more than eight novels that have been translated into more than 36 languages.

The story is about Anne and how her optimism, intelligence and creativity help her navigate living with a new family in a new town, going to school, making friends and finally feeling at home.

Latham says this is a feel-good play for all of the family to enjoy and a nostalgic journey for those who know and love the tale of the spunky 11-year-old girl.

The ACT production takes place Friday, Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 16 at Matsqui Centennial Auditorium (32315 South Fraser Way).

Tickets are $12 in advance and $14 at the door. They are available online at abbotsfordchildrenstheatre.org or in person at The Reach Gallery Museum, Tourism Abbotsford and Jazz-Ma-Tazz.