The story of LITTLE WOMEN, Louisa May Alcott’s famous novel, is so well-known and so well-loved that it is hardly surprising that many attempts have been made to portray its characters upon the stage. None has yet been so successful, however, as this brilliant dramatization by Peter Clapham. The structure of the play faithfully covers that of the novel, interweaving the lives of the March girls, and Laurie, the boy next door, as they grow up happily together. All the overtones of gaiety and the undertones of sadness are here, bringing the story completely to life in a way which is both accurate and dramatically satisfying.
This production follows the timeless and enduring classic about the March sisters and the beginning of their journey into womanhood. Audiences of all generations will enjoy acquainting — or reacquainting — themselves with the sisters: Meg, the eldest; Jo, the high-spirited tomboy; Amy, the self-centered beauty; and gentle Beth, as well as their beloved Marmee and Father. Together the March family learns to endure both good times and bad as they share the joys and pains of growing up.
The cast includes Amy Wylykanowitz as Marmee, Taylor Beatty as Meg, Elizabeth Ish as Jo, Evette Nevills as Beth, Mena Wylykanowitz as Amy, Jared Bradley as Laurie, Simon Arnold as John Brooke, Brad Rowe as Mr. Laurence, Lynne Wagner as Hannah, Sue Stotz as Aunt March, and Dwayne Arnold as Mr. March.
LITTLE WOMEN is being presented Jan. 18, 19, 25 and 26 at 7:30 p.m., and Jan. 20 at 2 p.m. in The Hirt Theater at Bellevue Society for the Arts. It is directed by Cheryl Hansen-Showalter and sponsored by The Bellevue Hospital. It is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.
Tickets are $15 for adults 18+, $10 for adults 60+, and $5 for children/students through grade 12. Call 419-484-2787 beginning Jan. 4.
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