Reflections on Avonlea with Marilyn Lightstone is a fond look back at the making of the much loved and multi-honoured, classic Canadian television series, Road to Avonlea. This brand new, retrospective special, produced exclusively for VisionTV by ZoomerMedia’s MZTV Productions, features interviews with Marilyn, Mag Ruffman and other members of the Road to Avonlea cast and crew. Reflections on Avonlea also includes rare behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with esteemed, key cast members such as Jackie Burroughs, Mag Ruffman, Colleen Dewhurst and Cedric Smith among others.
Marilyn Lightstone first starred in the Anne of Green Gables film series as Muriel Stacey, Anne Shirley‘s wise and caring teacher, mentor and friend all throughout Anne’s school years, right up to her first teaching position outside of Avonlea. She gave Anne guidance and friendship that saw her through heartaches and joys, as well as the confidence to pursue her dream to become a published author. When Kevin Sullivan launched into his new creative chapter of Road to Avonlea, Marilyn’s beloved character returned to a recurring role that brought her back to Avonlea on occasion as School Superintendent for all of Prince Edward Island. She eventually becomes a resident of Avonlea again and sees her romantic life take an upward swing.
Almost 20 years after Avonlea, Marilyn is an integral part of the ZoomerMedia family as the Voice of VisionTV. She also hosts Nocturne on the new Classical 96.3fm, writes, performs and creates beautiful works of art in her studio.
Created and produced by Sullivan Entertainment and based on the written works of Lucy Maud Montgomery, Road to Avonlea tells the story of Sara Stanley (Sarah Polley), a precocious young girl plucked from her privileged urban life in Montréal and sent to live with her relatives on a picturesque farm in rustic, beautiful Prince Edward Island. Seven seasons and four Prime Time Emmy awards later, the show ended its run in 1996 but has continued to capture the hearts of viewers not just in Canada but all around the world. The series introduced us to the bright young talent of Sarah Polley, who has gone on to become one of Canada’s most celebrated young actors and directors. Road to Avonlea also featured guest starring roles from such luminaries as Dianne Weist, Stockard Channing, Faye Dunaway, Ned Beatty, Christopher Lloyd, Maureen Stapleton, Meg Tilly and Christopher Reeve.