‘Maud of Leaskdale’ com­ing to In­dian River Fes­ti­val

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FEATURES/ENTERTAINMENT - PRE­SEN­TA­TION

The In­dian River Fes­ti­val presents “Maud of Leaskdale”, a onewomen play per­formed by Jen­nifer Car­roll, to­day at 7:30 p.m., and Satur­day, July 25, at 3 p.m.

Join Lucy Maud Mont­gomery one cold Oc­to­ber evening as she steps off the train in ru­ral On­tario to be­gin life as a newly mar­ried min­is­ter’s wife. Fol­low her through the en­su­ing years as she em­braces the joys of moth­er­hood, the suc­cesses of au­thor­ship and the hor­rors of war. Through the power of her own words, “Maud of Leaskdale” re­counts the cel­e­brated, sur­pris­ing and haunting life of Canada’s most beloved writer.

This play, com­mis­sioned by the Lucy Maud Mont­gomery So­ci­ety of On­tario, was cre­ated by Con­rad Boyce.

“When we were think­ing of which way to go with the script,” said Boyce, “we quickly re­al­ized that no one was more elo­quent or pow­er­ful in telling the LMM story than Maud her­self. That’s why the play con­sists en­tirely of ex­cerpts from her jour­nals, brought to life and wo­ven to­gether by a won­der­fully skilled ac­tress in the per­fect en­vi­ron­ment, Maud and Ewan’s own church.”

Car­roll, who steps into the role of Lucy Maud Mont­gomery, was born and raised in Uxbridge, Ont.

She re­ceived her theatre train­ing at Canadore Col­lege in North Bay, Ont., and has re­turned to Canada af­ter work­ing for sev­eral years as an ac­tress and writer in Dublin, Ire­land.

With per­for­mances tak­ing place at St. Mary’s Church, Car­roll will work with the nat­u­ral light­ing and acous­tic of the venue. Lim­ited seat­ing is avail­able for both per­for­mances to cre­ate an in­ti­mate at­mos­phere for au­di­ences.

Ticket and con­cert in­for­ma­tion can be found by vis­it­ing www.in­di­an­river­fes­ti­val.com or by phon­ing our box of­fice at 1866-856-3733.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Jen­nifer Car­roll brings the role of Lucy Maud Mont­gomery to life in her one-woman show, “Maud of Leaskdale”.

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