anneofavonlea Elizabeth reprises her role as Marilla Cuthbert in L.M. Montgomery’s classic Anne of Avonlea, produced as a full-cast dramatic reading with The Online Stage. The first installment, Anne of Green Gables, is also available at Audible, and has received multiple five-star reviews.

Following Anne of Green Gables (1908), this book was written by Lucy Maud Montgomery in 1909. Sixteen-year-old Anne is about to start her first term teaching at the Avonlea school.

The book soon introduces Anne’s new and problematic neighbor, Mr. Harrison, and his foul-mouthed parrot, as well as the twins, Davy and Dora. Other characters introduced are some of Anne’s new pupils and Miss Lavendar Lewis, a sweet but lonely lady. This book sees Anne maturing slightly, even though she still cannot avoid getting into a number of her familiar scrapes, as only Anne can – some of which include selling her neighbor’s cow (having mistaken it for her own), or getting stuck in a broken duck house roof while peeping into a pantry window.

anneofgg Elizabeth performs the role of Marilla Cuthbert in L.M. Montgomery’s beloved classic Anne of Green Gables, which has been released by The Online Stage and is available at Audible. Narrated by Susan Iannucci, and performed by a full cast, this is the first in a series. The next book, Anne of Avonlea, is currently in production – with Elizabeth as Marilla – and will be released later this year.

The always delightful and entertaining classic Anne of Green Gables is performed by actors from The Online Stage! Written in 1908, for all ages, by Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery. Anne Shirley is an 11-year-old orphan adopted by a middle-aged brother and sister, Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert. They had wanted to adopt a boy to help with their farm on Prince Edward Island in the fictional town of Avonlea. Matthew persuades Marilla to give Anne a chance. Anne is a handful, and they fall in love with her.

Today for Free Audio Friday Elizabeth is sharing her top dramatic projects from LibriVox – these are either plays, or novels that have been done as dramatic readings (with a narrator and various readers performing the different roles). Here they are, sorted by the number of downloads via the Internet Archive:

1. Bram Stoker, Dracula (dramatic reading – Elizabeth reads the role of Mina Harker).

2. William Shakespeare, Hamlet (play – Elizabeth reads Queen Gertrude).

3. William Shakespeare, Macbeth (play – Elizabeth reads Lady Macbeth).

4. Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol (dramatic reading – Elizabeth does the narration).

5. Mary Shelley, Frankenstein (dramatic reading – Elizabeth reads Elizabeth Lavenza).

6. Louisa May Alcott, Little Women (dramatic reading – Elizabeth reads the narration and the role of Jo March).

7. William Shakespeare, Othello (play – Elizabeth reads Emilia).

8. William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet (play – Elizabeth reads Juliet).

9. Henrik Ibsen, A Doll’s House (play – Elizabeth performs the role of Nora Helmer).

10. Henry James, Daisy Miller (dramatic reading – Elizabeth reads Mrs. Costello).

11. Jane Austen, Mansfield Park (dramatic reading – Elizabeth reads the narration and the role of Mary Crawford).

12. L. M. Montgomery, the Anne of Green Gables series (dramatic readings – Elizabeth performs Marilla Cuthbert in all four books).

13. Sophocles, Antigone (play – Elizabeth reads the title role).

14. Euripides, Iphigenia in Aulis (play – Elizabeth reads the roles of the Chorus and the Messenger).

15. Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility (dramatic reading – Elizabeth reads the role of Lucy Steele).