ACT presents Montgomery’s “Blue Castle” Nov. 22

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 ACT (A Community Theatre) is proud to present The Blue Castle, a musical by Hank Stinson based on the novel by L. M. Montgomery. This production has been planned to coincide with the “kick-off” for Anne 2008 and with LMM’s birthday. Shows will be at The Guild at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 22 – 24, Nov. 29 – Dec. 1;  and at 2 p.m. on Nov. 25. Tickets are $18 and $16 and are available from The Guild Box Office (620-3333) and Confederation Centre Box Office (566-1267 or www.confederationcentre.com ). Seniors, please note that Trius Tours will be operating a bus for seniors for the Nov. 25 matinee performance at a cost of $4 return. Details of the bus schedule will be posted on City Transit trolleys and in participating seniors’ residences. Seniors planning to take advantage of this service should be sure to purchase show tickets in advance.

The Blue Castle is considered one of L.M. Montgomery’s few adult works of fiction and is the only book she wrote that is entirely set outside of PEI.

The story takes place in the early 1920’s in the fictional town of Deerwood,  which is based on Bala, Ontario, which Montgomery visited in 1922. 

In The Blue Castle,  29-year-old Valancy Stirling escapes her drab and sorrowful world with imaginary visits to her Blue Castle in Spain where she is beautiful, charming, admired, and loved – everything her true life lacks. When diagnosed with a heart ailment, Valancy’s complacency is shattered and she rebels, wanting to “live” for a short time before she dies.  She begins to say and do exactly as she pleases. Montgomery’s beautiful story of Valancy’s revolt against the Stirling clan, her newfound purpose in life, and her growing love for the eccentric Barney Snaith is a modern fairy-tale.

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