As the final production of the year, Belfast Maskers have put together a lively production of “Anne of Green Gables,” a drama in two acts by Sylvia Ashby, based on the book by L.M. Montgomery. A talented cast from all over Waldo and Knox counties present the charming tale.

Final performances at the Waldo County Shrine Club, 85 Northport Ave., will be Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m.; and Sunday at 2 p.m., Dec. 16 through 18.

In this refreshing, contemporary telling of the classic story, stern Marilla and her warm-hearted brother Matthew hope to adopt a boy to work on their farm. But the orphanage sends young, befreckled Anne by mistake and their lives will never be the same. Her warmth and wit affects everyone around her — even, eventually, the cold Marilla. Audiences will follow Anne through her rebellious years, her transformation into a young woman and possibly finding romance. This play has charmed audiences around the world.

Several characters in the play, including Anne, are portrayed by a young performer and an older actor later to show their growth. The young Anne is played by Fiona Hall, the older by Maggie Goscinski. Dorothy Wilson and Richard Tourigny play Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert.

Other cast members are Randy Nichols as the station master; Mykala Bucklin as Mrs. Blewitt; Brittany Littlefield as the younger Diana Barry; Tien Misler as the older Diana Barry; Dawnella Sutton as Mrs. Barry; Randy Nichols as Mr. Phillips; Wendy-Jo Culbertson as Miss Stacy; Michelle Provost as Ruby Gillis; Grace Underhill as Josie Pye; Jakob Sutton as Moody MacPherson; Max Howard as the younger Gilbert Blythe; and Kameron Culbertson as the older Gilbert Blythe.

Aynne Ames, who directed the play, takes on a role as well, playing Rachel Lynde. Stage manager Latricia Saucier also performs. as Mrs. Spencer. Grace Davis will provide violin accompaniment.

Tickets are $15; $10 for children age 13 through 17 and $5 for those younger. Tickets will be available at the door one hour before shows; by calling the box office at 338-9668; at Left Bank Books in Searsport; and at Yo Mamma’s Home in Belfast.

VillageSoup Knox/Waldo Arts Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401, ext. 251 or