Cel­e­brat­ing Anna’s life

Cast mem­bers, friends come to­gether to cel­e­brate the life of Anna Howard

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - COMMUNITY -

Friends, vis­i­tors and well­wish­ers are in­vited to join a group of Avon­lea Vil­lage alumni on Mon­day, Aug. 14 at 6 p.m. to cel­e­brate the life of for­mer cast mem­ber Anna Howard.

An Evening for Anna, hosted by Mar­garet McEachern and Adam Gau­thier, will fea­ture per­for­mances by Avon­lea Vil­lage alumni, in­clud­ing Leon Gal­lant, Al­li­son Ling Giggey, Ryan Casey, Robert Pen­der­gast, Kristi An­der­son and Re­becca Max.

Howard, who worked at Avon­lea Vil­lage play­ing the roles of Josie Pye and Anne Shirley, had an ex­tra­or­di­nary gift of bring­ing joy to ev­ery­one she met and did so while bravely fight­ing her own bat­tle with men­tal ill­ness. The con­cert is an ex­am­ple of how her spirit con­tin­ues to bring peo­ple to­gether.

“I felt like get­ting to­gether with ev­ery­one from Avon­lea whom Anna loved and per­form­ing to­gether (which she also loved) would be a great way to hon­our her life and raise money for her sweet son who meant ev­ery­thing to her,” said Re­becca Max, who played Diana Barry and is one of the or­ga­niz­ers of Mon­day’s event.

Co-or­ga­nizer Kristi An­der­son, who played Anne and Miss Stacy, says the con­cert will be a cel­e­bra­tion.

“I felt like I both wanted and needed to do some­thing for Anna. Anna was such a spe­cial per­son and a huge part of my life; it felt wrong not to do some­thing that she would have en­joyed, to cel­e­brate her. Con­certs were a big part of Avon­lea Vil­lage, and some­thing that al­ways brought the cast to­gether, so bring­ing the past Avon­lea crew to­gether for a con­cert for Anna just felt good.”

Fid­dler Al­li­son (Ling) Giggey also shared the stage with Anna.

“Work­ing at Avon­lea was a strange and won­der­ful ex­pe­ri­ence. There’s a close­ness that comes from a job like that. Many of the cast mem­bers still get to­gether and stay in touch via so­cial me­dia; that’s how we shared sto­ries and photos af­ter Anna’s pass­ing, and that’s where the idea for this con­cert started.”

The con­cert will be held at the Avon­lea Vil­lage Church, with ad­mis­sion by do­na­tion. All pro­ceeds will go di­rectly to the ed­u­ca­tion fund of Anna’s fouryear-old son.

SHON MADER/SPE­CIAL TO THE GUARDIAN

Anna Howard (cen­tre, as Anne of Green Gables) will be re­mem­bered in a con­cert Mon­day night at the Avon­lea Vil­lage church.

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