Melanie Fishbane, whose YA novel about L.M. Montgomery’s teen years will be published by Penguin Canada’s Razorbill imprint next year, chats with Marion Abbott, founder of the Spirit of Maud Theatre Company, about writing process and community theatre and Montgomery’s gift for creating three-dimensional characters.
This past Saturday in Norval, Melanie Fishbane and I got to attend the Spirit of Maud Theatre Company production of A Kindred Spirit Christmas. Dramatized and directed by Marion Abbott, the performance consisted of four pieces from Christmas with Anne and Other Holiday Stories: “The End of the Young Family Feud,” “Aunt Cyrilla’s Christmas Basket,” “Matthew Insists on Puffed Sleeves” (from Anne of Green Gables) and “Katherine Brooke Comes to Green Gables” (from Anne of Windy Poplars). The play was terrific: solid performances by all the cast members, most of whom were teenagers and young adults, and the fact that it was held at St. Paul’s Anglican Parish Hall, where Montgomery herself directed a number of community plays, made it extra special. And I got to do a Q&A with the cast afterward, which was so much fun!
Do check out the website for the Spirit of Maud Theatre Company for more information about their productions. A Kindred Spirit Christmas will be performed again on 5, 6, 7 December of this year, and the company’s next play will be a dramatization of The Blue Castle, starting in mid-February 2015.