Cast Announced for Reitz Theater Players’ Christmas Production of Anne of Green Gables

DUBOIS – Nostalgia is filling the Reitz Theater and is soaking into our hearts this Christmas.

The Reitz Theater Players’ (RTP) original prologue creation, An Orphan’s Christmas Wish, sets the nostalgic feel for Anne of Green Gables, a timeless story of an orphan who changes the lives of all who cross her path.

Anne’s imagination and generosity bubble over with laughter and entertainment for all. In the words of Miss Florence Remsen, “Wherever Anne Shirley is, there’ll never be a dull moment.”

Anne of Green Gables, produced by Cultural Resources Inc. (CRI), with RTP’s original prologue: An Orphan’s Christmas Wish opens at the Reitz Theater on Dec. 1 with shows Dec. 2, 7, 8 and 9 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 3, 9 and 10 at 2 p.m.

Tickets are available at, at the theater’s box office Thursdays 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., and at Kohlhepp True Value in DuBois.

You can join the nostalgic celebration of a generous child’s bubbly imagination, starring two young actors as Anne – Hayley Dilts and Julia Wirths.

The cast is full of RTP veterans and newcomers alike.  The one thing that ties them all together is a love for Anne’s story.  Seasoned Directors Andi Kohlhepp and Bobbie Reitz “hope you enjoy watching it as much as we enjoy directing and performing it.” 

Anne of Green Gables: Cast (in order of appearance): Andi Kohlhepp (Florence Remsen), Emily Smith (Minnie Stearn, Mrs Barry), Hayley Dilts (Anne Shirley), Julia Wirths (Anne Shirley), Alyssa Wood (Mrs. Alexander Spencer, Mrs. Allan), Jennifer Gonsalves (Marilla Cuthbert), Valerie Kucenski (Mrs. Rachel Lynde), Max Smith (Matthew Cuthbert), Anna Weible (Josie Pye), Doug Siple (Gilbert Blythe), Madison Olewnick (Diana Barry), Charlie Smith (Moody Spurgeon) and Andrew Benson (Ira Mills). 

RTP Original Prologue: An Orphan’s Christmas Wish Cast includes: Madison Olewnick (Bessie), Julia Wirths (Adelaide, Anne Shirley), Hayley Dilts (Adelaide, Anne Shirley), Max Smith II (Albert), David Reitz III (Abraham), Bobbie Reitz (Miss Bertha) and Andi Kohlhepp (Miss Remsen).

Anne of Green Gables, written by L.M. Montgomery, was adapted for the stage by noted playwright Alice Chadwicke. This adaptation promises to capture the heart of any Anne fan and a fun show to see for anyone unfamiliar with the books or with other adaptations.

This RTP production is sponsored by The Meadows Original Frozen Custard and Fore Your Health with Dr. Phuong Wirths.

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