The Broadway Musical
Based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott
June 27 – July 8
Louisa May Alcott’s timeless tale is brought to soaring musical life in an energetic adaptation sure to warm the heart. The musical is seen through the eyes of the daring and tenacious Jo, as she relives her remarkable childhood. We meet the proud and impulsive Amy, the sweet and compassionate Beth, stalwart and devoted Meg, and, of course, Marmee, the emotional core of the family. As Jo journeys through her memories the family’s story come to life, populating their cramped attic with tales of triumph, heartache, and the fantasies Jo wrote to entertain them.
Little Women is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com
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Director: Chad Larabee++
Choreographer: Natalie Wisdom
Music Director: Robbie Cowan
Stage Manager: Brian R. Sekinger*
Assistant Stage Managers: Kristin M. Herrick* & Brian Lynn
Scenic Designer: Erik Diaz+
Lighting Designer: Cecilia Durbin+
Costume Designer: Emily Kimball
Marmie March: Neva Rae Powers*
Mr. Laurence: Craig MacDonald*
Jo March: Talia Suskauer
Aunt March/Mrs. Kirk: Amy Agostino
Keyboard 2/Percussion/Rehearsal Pianist: Katie Siegmund
Reed 1: Jordan Standlee
Reed 2: Brett Gregory
Trumpet: Jane Sykes
*Appears courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association +Denotes membership in United Scenic Artists
++Denotes membership in Stage Directors and Choreographers Society
By Wynne DeMille and Cindy Johnson
How I need my sisters here;
If I can’t share my dreams, what were they for?
What makes a book or play a “timeless classic?” Who can tell? Certainly not the author, for upon completing Little Women, Louisa May Alcott confessed to her publisher that she deemed it “awfully dull.” Her publisher agreed, until his young niece, Lillie Almy, read it and urged her uncle to publish it.
In the one hundred and fifty years since, the book has never been out of print. Like Lillie Almy, millions of readers the world over have fallen in love with the story of four teenaged sisters coming-of-age in a Massachusetts town during the Civil War.
Ms. Alcott based the autobiographical novel on her girlhood spent with her sisters in Concord, Massachusetts. She introduces us to the March sisters: lovely Meg; frail Beth; spoiled Amy; and the talented writer Jo, who served as Louisa May’s alter ego. The girls live in “genteel poverty” with their strong-willed mother and role model, Marmie, while their father is off serving as a chaplain in the War.
By emphasizing the sisters’ education, dreams and aspirations, Ms. Alcott challenged 19th century society’s narrowly-defined roles for women. Each character in the story is developed as strong and independent, confronting issues of personal discovery and integrity, heartache, and hope. However, the heart of the story always comes back to Jo. In capturing the warm affection and loyalty the March girls share, Ms. Alcott captures our hearts and brings us into their family circle of love. The transcendental philosophy of the March girl’s rearing helps the novel feel modern, with Marmee dealing with many of the same dilemmas that contemporary parents find themselves addressing with their children today: taming an adolescent’s boastful ego, supporting your child’s dreams, and learning when to let them fly or fall on their own, to name a few.
Little Women has been adapted for film and television over a dozen times, beginning with a silent version in 1917. Our musical production opened on Broadway in January of 2005 and ran until May of that same year, starring the renowned Sutton Foster as Jo, Maureen McGovern as Marmie, and directed by Susan Schulman. Acclaimed around the world, this is the first time the musical has appeared at the Barn.
So sit back, bask in the love of the March family and enjoy the story that has inspired countless women (and more than a few men!) to push boundaries and dream beyond their horizons.