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“Little Women” Musical is Touching Tale of the Power of Family
“But we have to promise to remain as we are…that it’ll always be the four March sisters – forever!”
SALINAS, Calif. – The Western Stage presents “Little Women” as the first Mainstage musical of its 2019 season. Based on Louisa May Alcott’s beloved semi-autobiographical novel, “Little Women” is filled with adventure, romance, and a deep sense of hope. This heartwarming drama follows the four March sisters as they struggle to find their own paths, mirroring the growing pains of a changing America.
“Little Women” The Musical with book by Allan Knee, music by Jason Howland and lyrics by Mindi Dickstein, is a fresh adaptation from the many stage and film versions. The play starts with Jo, living as a writer in New York, and takes us through her memory as she looks back on her last 4 years in Concord, Massachusetts. Interspersed amid vignettes of Jo’s and her sisters’ lives unfolding, are melodramatic re-enactments of Jo’s imaginative tales of adventure and gore. No doubt many young women have read the novel at some point during their lives, devouring the tale of the March sisters (outspoken aspiring author Jo, practical Meg, sweet Beth, and romantic Amy) who are coming of age during the American Civil War under the care of their doting mother, whom they call Marmee, while their father is away fighting with the Union Army. They gather together to read his too infrequent letters, warmly cuddling together around their beloved mother like a safe cocoon in a world torn apart by war. Yet, the women are not living in fear, nor are they without hope. Each of the March women draw strength from each other as they persevere and navigate life’s challenges.
“Little Women” is directed and choreographed by Lorenzo Aragon with Music Direction by Don Dally; set design by Theodore Michael Dolas, Costumes by Jaymee Ngernwichit, Lighting Design by Derek Duarte, Sound Design by Jeff Mockus, and Hair/Makeup Design, by Maegan Roux.
Cast List: Jo March (Claire Moorer), Professor Bhaer (Kyle Richlin), Amy March (Maya Mendoza) Meg March (Heather Osteraa), Beth March (Katie Wheeler) Marmee March (Jaqui Hope) Mr. Laurence (David Norum), Laurie Laurence (Josh Kaiser), Aunt March (Donna Federico), Mr. John Brooke (Eric Wishnie). Ensemble: Mackenzie Brazier, Celia Madison, Jonathan Perez
PERFORMS: June 22 – July 13, 2019 on the Mainstage, Hartnell College Performing Arts Center, K104. Www.westernstage.com/tickets or at the Box Office: 831-755-6816 (Open Wed – Sat, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.).