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Anne of Green Gables brought to life at museum
Maja Bannerman is presenting “This is Anne: Older and Wiser” on Sept. 14 at the NOTL Museum. SUPPLIED

The stories of Prince Edward Island’s most famous orphan girl, Anne Shirley – or Anne of Green Gables as she is more commonly known – will be brought to life at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Museum on Thursday, Sept. 14.

The fiery, redheaded protagonist from Lucy Maud Montgomery’s internationally beloved classic book series will be at the centre of a spoken word performance of “This is Anne: Older and Wiser,” a collection of stories from the perspective of Anne Shirley as a woman in her 60s.

Writer and performer Maja Bannerman, accompanied by musician and composer Rusty McCartney, will share Anne’s perspective as she looks back on her childhood years in her home of Avonlea, her young and romantic self and her years of motherhood.

“All my life I’ve been enamoured with the Anne books,” said Bannerman in a media release from the museum. “And so, I imagined an invitation to tea, and sitting with Anne in her parlour as she muses upon her life.”

Bannerman spent several years putting on one-woman shows about unique historical figures, often characters who are part of the story of Niagara, such as Laura Secord, Maria Callas and the McFarland sisters.

She formed a duo with McCarthy in 2019 to produce shows that mix creative innovation, songs and spoken word.

Tickets are available now for the performance, which starts at 7 p.m. on Sept. 14. They are $15 for the museum’s members and $20 for non-members.

To purchase tickets, call 905-468-3912. The Niagara-on-the-Lake Museum is at 43 Castlereagh St. in Old Town.

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