Little Women

The Broadway Musical

Book by
Allan Knee
Music by
Jason Howland
Lyrics by
Mindi Dickstein
Based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott

June 27 – July 8

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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

Little Women Business Sponsors


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

Guest Artists:
Marmie March: Neva Rae Powers*
Mr. Laurence: Craig MacDonald*
Jo March: Talia Suskauer
Professor Bhaer: Elliott Cunningham
Aunt March/Mrs. Kirk: Amy Agostino
 

Musicians:
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


Program Notes

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.

CAROLINE DIDELOT is over the moon to be making her New London Barn Playhouse debut with this season’s 2018 acting interns! An upcoming junior Music Theatre major at Baldwin Wallace University, Caroline can be found eating a whole pizza by herself and petting every dog on the street. Most recently, Caroline played Virtue in Baldwin Wallace’s production of Anything Goes. Other favorite credits of hers include: Janet (The Drowsy Chaperone), Johanna (Sweeney Todd), and Minnie Fay (Hello Dolly!). Caroline is thankful to BWMT2020, Charlie, and her incredible family. Here’s to a great summer, cheers!


GABRIEL FLORENTINO is a Brooklyn, NYC native and recent Point Park University BFA Musical Theatre graduate (2018). This is his first time at the Barn and couldn’t be more excited/honored to be able to work at this amazing place alongside such a star-stacked Acting Intern Company and creative team! Some past credits include: Giuliano (Big Love), Ralph (Kiss Me Katie), Toby (Sweeney Todd) and more. This upcoming season you can catch him tackling the role of Mordred in Camelot. Endless love and thanks to his Mother, family, friends and MT 18 for all the support. Couldn’t do it without all of you. Here’s to an exciting summer and a great 86th Summer Season!


JUSTINE M. GOGGIN is a senior at Dartmouth College, graduating with a major in English and a minor in Theater. Some of her favorite roles include Sally in Cabaret, and O’Brien in 1984. Beyond performing, Justine’s passion for the arts extends to her work in arts education, rooted in her belief in the transformative and empowering experience that the creative process provides to youth. Justine is honored to be a member of the 2018 Acting Intern Company. She cannot wait to officially become a Barnie!

 


GRAHAM HANCOCK is super excited to be featured in this summers company at the playhouse. He is from Franklin Massachusetts and just finished his junior year at Penn State pursuing a BFA in musical theatre. Recent credits include Kiss of the Spider Woman, American Idiot, Gruesome Playground Injuries, Be More Chill and All Shook Up.

 

 


FRANCESCA MANCUSO is a Junior BFA Music Theatre major from Elon University and is originally from Bucks County, Pennsylvania. She is a trained dancer from SIMBT part of Pennsylvania School of the Performing Arts under the direction of Terri Garcia-Lee. Some of her favorite credits include: Flat Rock Playhouse’s productions of Annie and featured dancer as a Josephette in Joseph…Technicolor Dreamcoat; Elon University’s American Idiot, Hello Dolly! and Oklahoma!; and Peter Pan in Peter Pan. She is so incredibly excited to be at New London Barn this summer and is so thankful for this opportunity! Special thanks to her parents, sisters, Terri Garcia-Lee, MT 19’ and April Hill for the constant love and support.


DEAN MARCHANT is a rising senior majoring in Musical Theater, with an emphasis in directing, at the Boston Conservatory. He has been seen recently as Leaf Coneybear in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Berklee MTC), Liam in Phoebe in Winter (Boston Conservatory), and Warren Straub in This is Our Youth (EarthStone Theatre Co.). Dean is thrilled to perform at the Playhouse for the first time this summer, and would like to thank Mom, Dad, Anna, T Gregg, Alex, and Paul for their support.

 


ANDREW NELIN is from Virginia Beach, VA and is currently studying Music Theatre at the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music in Cleveland. Andrew was seen in the ensemble of Anything Goes at BW last fall. Other credits include Finch in How to Succeed…, Fred in A Christmas Carol, Bobby in Crazy for You, and Frank Jr. in Catch Me If You Can. He is so thrilled to be a part of the 2018 Intern Company at the Barn!

 


MONICA OWEN is delighted to be spending her summer at the Barn! Monica is a recent graduate of the BFA music theatre program at The Hartt School. Past credits include The Comedy of Errors (Hartford Stage), Sweetwater (Goodspeed Festival of New Musicals), Little Women, 42nd Street, Evita, and A Little Night Music (The Hartt School).  Lots of love to my family and friends who have been supportive through it all!

 


SAM PEARSON is a rising Junior at Elon University (BFA Music Theatre) and is thrilled to be a part of the New London Barn Playhouse Acting Intern Company! Credits: Woodstock Playhouse, 42nd Street (Lorraine/Dance Captain), Mary Poppins (Dance Captain), All Shook Up; Elon University, Cats (Victoria), The Inferior Sex (Vera), and Hello, Dolly!

 

 


JAKE PEDERSEN, from Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, is a rising sophomore B.F.A Musical Theatre Major at Penn State University. He is thrilled to be joining the New London Barn Company. Last summer Jake was a Jimmy Awards nominee for Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat for the National High School Musical Theatre Awards held in NYC. Jake has grown up in the theatre studying with Jeters Backyard Theatre and the Pittsburgh CLO Academy. He is excited to continue his journey here at the Barn! Jake would like to thank his friends, family, and loving parents for all their support. IG – @jake.ped


ALEXANDER ROBERTSON is from Buffalo, NY and is a rising junior at The Hartt School where he is pursuing a BFA in Music Theatre. He is ecstatic to be joining the New London Barn family! Alex was most recently seen in NYC originating the role of James in the workshop production of America Project: A New Musical. Other favorite credits include Animal Farm (Napoleon) at The Hartt School, The Rhythm of U.S. at The Hartt School, and Pippin (Pippin) at Academy of Theatre Arts. Alex would like to thank his family, friends, and educators for all their constant love and support! Facebook/Instagram: @AlexanderERobertson


SARA SARGENT is thrilled to be joining the 2018 Acting Intern Company. She is a rising senior at Emerson College, where she is pursuing a BFA in Musical Theatre. Previous credits include Guys and Dolls, Grease (Maine State Music Theatre), KISS (ArtsEmerson), Titanic and Urinetown (Emerson Stage). Growing up in San Antonio, Texas, Sara is excited to escape the heat for the summer to celebrate the 86th Season of New London Barn Playhouse! All the glory to God and endless thanks to my family.

 


DANIEL TEIXEIRA hails from Brazil and is a rising Junior in the B.F.A. Musical Theatre Program at Penn State University. Prior to coming to Penn State, Daniel attended the Tring Park School for the Performing Arts in the United Kingdom. Although he has moved seven times between three different continents, theatre has always remained a constant for him. Some of his most recent credits include Nicely-Nicely Johnson in Guys & Dolls (Tring Park), Cliff in Cabaret (Tring Park) and Gabriel in Kiss of The Spiderwoman (Penn State). Daniel is thrilled to be spending his summer at the New London Barn and would like to thank his parents, Gabriela and Claudio, for their eternal support and trust. Here’s to an incredible company and 86th Season!


CARLY VALANCY is so excited to be a part of the long list of amazing Barnies! Carly is a Florida native and recent graduate of the University of Northern Colorado. Some of her favorite roles include Natalie in All Shook Up, Maisie in The Boy Friend, Mrs. Walker in The Who’s Tommy, and Woman #2 in I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. After the summer, Carly is moving to New York City and is thrilled to be joining the upcoming national tour of ELF, The Musical! Big thanks to Keith for giving her the opportunity to join this wonderful company and love to her amazing and supportive family, the best people in the world. Website: carlyvalancy.com Instagram: carlyvalancy

Giants in the Sky

A New Children’s Musical

Music and Lyrics by
Denver Casado
Book and Lyrics by
Keri Kazmierowicztrimm

Thursday, July 26
11:00 AM and 2:00 PM

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One curious young giant travels down the beanstalk to see what life on Earth is really like in this enchanting new musical. A region premiere!

Giants in the Sky is presented through special arrangement with Beat by Beat Press (bbbpress.com).


Director: Aaron Carson
Music Director: Alexandra Crosby
Stage Manager:
Grace Taraborrelli

Scenic Designer: Desiree Zarate
Lighting Designer: Ashley Green
Costume Designer: Rachael Garnjost

Love’s Labour’s Lost

Written by
William Shakespeare
Saturday, July 21
11:00 AM and 2:00 PM
Free Admission on the Lawn Across the Street from the New London Inn

An oath by four young lords to ban ladies from their court goes hilariously awry when the Princess of France rolls into town in this delightful Shakespearean comedy.

Director: Andrew Miller
Stage Manager:
Grace Taraborrelli
Assistant Stage Manager:
Kelly Ho

Scenic Designer: Desiree Zarate
Sound Designer: Anthony Padua
Costume Designer: Rachael Garnjost

Puss ‘n Boots

by
Steph DeFerie

Friday, July 6
11:00 AM and 2:00 PM

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A clever cat helps her owner defeat an obstinate ogre and win the hand of a plucky princess in exchange for some snazzy soles in this tall tale.

Produced by special arrangement with PlayScripts, Inc.


Director: Brittany Sue Hines
Music Director:
Alexandra Crosby
Stage Manager:
Grace Taraborrelli

Scenic Designer: Desiree Zarate
Lighting Designer: Ashley Green
Costume Designer: Rachael Garnjost

Play Ball!

Friday, June 29

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Strike! Touchdown! Score! Teamwork and friendly competition are the name of the game in this sporty original musical revue.

Starring the 2018 Junior Intern Company:

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2018 Summer Season

Camelot

June 13-24
The Golden Age Treasure

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Little Women

June 27 – July 8
An American Classic for 150 Years

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Sylvia

July 11-15
What’s Your Dog Really Thinking?

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42nd Street

July 18 – August 5
The Ultimate Show Biz Musical

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Newsies

August 8-19
New Hampshire Premiere!

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Murder for Two

August 22 – September 2
A Madcap Musical Mystery

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— Plus —

61st Annual Straw Hat Revue

June 7-10

Your first chance to meet the 2018 Acting Intern Company! A time-honored and beloved Barn tradition ushering in the start of the summer season. Complimentary tickets available beginning May 26, via phone or in-person sale only.

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Formerly the New London Barn Intern Idols!, the Spotlight Series combines everything audiences have loved about Idols! with exciting new additions! This Monday night series is included FOR FREE with any Season Subscription. Click HERE for more on the Spotlight Series.

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The 2018 Children’s Theater Series consists of five productions performed by the Barn’s own Junior Intern Company. Check back for more information once the 2018 Children’s Series is announced!

2018 Children’s Series Business Sponsored by

 

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Producing a full summer season of professional theater is costly. Ticket sales cover only about 60% of our annual operating expenses. The balance comes from the contributions of our patrons and friends – and it is those contributions that enable us to produce extraordinary work. Please consider a gift in support of the music, laughter and fantastic performances that you see on our stage summer after summer.

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The Barn is a listed historical landmark and a priceless cultural resource in our community.
As an IRS-recognized 501(c)3 non-profit corporation, all donations are tax deductible.


What Does Your Gift Do?

Every gift makes a difference. Your support will help to cover a huge range of expenses associated with our 2017 season, including:

$25: 15,000 heavy-duty steel staples for our staple guns. The scenic and props departments go through tens of thousands of industrial staples in a season.
 
$80: A single body microphone (called a lavalier), worn on an actor’s body as part of the theater’s sound system. We typically replace at least 10 of them each summer.
 
$150: A season’s worth of hot glue for the props department
 
$450: Our 2018 paints budget for 42nd Street
 
$500: A summer’s worth of first aid supplies for backstage, housing, rehearsal room, and front-of-house first aid kits
 
$1,800: New LED lights, to replace our aging fixtures and help the Barn go green.
 
$2,800: A typical week’s worth of food to feed a company of 75+
 
$12,000: Royalties for Newsies 

Barn Life: 2018

Sneak Peaks, Behind the Scenes Footage, and Exclusive Content for our 86th Summer Season!

2018 Summer Staff Universities!

Check out this map of every University represented by our 2018 Summer Staff!

College Map FINAL

Elon University Baldwin Wallace University The Hartt School (Hartford) Boston Conservatory Penn State University Carnegie Mellon University Otterbein University Chippola College
Dartmouth College Emerson College University of Northern Colorado Rutgers University Roosevelt University University of Central Florida Western Michigan University Davidson College
Texas A&M University Fordham University Valdosta State University University of California, Berkley University of Illinois Point Park University Northern Illinois University Harding University
Muhlenberg College Bowling Green State University State University of New York Case Western Reserve University University of California, Davis Indiana University University of Alabama University of Rochester

Of the 32 schools represented at the Barn, Rutgers leads the way with three students and one alumna! From left to right: Jenna Swatt (Costume Intern), Brian Lynn (Assistant Stage Manager), Kristin M. Herrick (Stage Manager, g. 2011) and Kelsey Koga (Assistant Stage Manager).

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Penn State is a close second with 3 students – all of whom are Acting Interns! From left to right: Daniel Teixeira, Jake Pedersen, and Graham Hancock.

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                                          Daniel Teixeira  Jake Pedersen  GrahamHancock

Many of our staff underwent long journeys to make it to the Barn, but few more so than our Scenic/Electrics Intern Vivian Santana (left) – who traveled 3,000 miles from UC Davis to join us this Summer! On the opposite end of the spectrum, our Box Office Manager Rylee Pauling (right) is a New London native who lives just 5 minutes away from the Barn!


2017 New Hampshire Theatre Awards

Congratulations to Kim Jablonski and the entire cast of West Side Story on their wins! Kim won Best Supporting Actress for her stellar portrayal of Anita, and West Side Story won for Best Professional Musical!

Congratulations as well to all of our finalists:
– Best Choreography in a Professional Production: Jesse Factor
– Best Costume Design in a Professional Production: Emily Kimball
– Best Lighting Design in a Professional Production: Kyle Toth
– Best Director of a Professional Musical Production: Keith Coughlin
– Best Supporting Actor in a Professional Musical Production: Jason Goldston as Riff
– Best Musical Direction in a Professional Production: Jonathan Parks
– Best Choreography in a Professional Production: Michael Jablonski
– Best Sound Design in a Professional Production: Ben Montmagny

Additionally, our beloved Tom DeMille received the Francis Grover Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award for his service not just to the Barn, but to our wider community. Wynne and the boys were on hand to accept the award, and the NHTA’s created this beautiful movie to commemorate the event:

See you at the 2018 NHTA’s!


On the Road Again…

Barnies on Tour!

The Sound of Music
The hills are alive with Mackenzie Dade (Acting Intern, 2015; Anybodys in West Side Story, 2017) and Danny Marquez (Violinist, 2017) as they tour the country in this gorgeous new production! Mackenzie starred in the Barn’s 2015 production of The Sound of Music as Liesl, and now she gets to understudy it on her first national tour! Danny spent his first summer at the Barn this year year, but audiences will remember his gorgeous playing during West Side Story and The Secret Garden.

www.thesoundofmusicontour.com

 
Waitress
Back in November we caught up with Kyra Kennedy (Acting Intern, 2012) on the first national tour of Waitress the Musical, performing nightly in the ensemble and understudying both Jenna and Dawn. At the Barn, Kyra was featured in Hair in 2012, and in 2017 she came back to star in GODSPELL.
 
In November, Kyra shared this piece of advice for the 2018 Acting Interns: “Take care of yourself (i.e. get sleep when you need it) but also make memories and have fun (i.e. stay up late when you need it) <3”

www.waitressthemusical.com

 

A Chorus Line
Also from our 2017 production of GODSPELL, 2014 Acting Intern Taylor Wright is also hitting the road! Fresh from his run in the critically-acclaimed Off-Broadway play Afterglow, Taylor is now touring with A Chorus Line, performing the role of Don nightly and understudying Zach.
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
Another chance for you to support not one but TWO stellar Barnies! Briana Gantsweg wowed audiences this past summer as the saucy Miss Sandra in All Shook Up and is playing Miss Barley in this hilarious musical. She’s joined by musician Jordan Standlee, who has spent five seasons playing reeds in the pit at the Barn.

 

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2017 New Hampshire Theater Awards Nominations

The New Hampshire Theater Awards have announced the nominees for the 2017 Awards, and the Barn leads the pack with a total of 18 nominations!
 
The Secret Garden
  • Best Professional Production of a Musical
  • Best Director of a Professional Musical Production: Richard Roland
  • Best Actor in a Professional Musical Production: Daniel Schwait as Archibald Craven
  • Best Supporting Actress in a Professional Musical Production: Kailey Boyle as Martha
  • Best Musical Direction in a Professional Production: Katie Siegmund
  • Best Choreography in a Professional Production: Jesse Factor
  • Best Costume Design in a Professional Production: Emily Kimball
  • Best Sound Design in a Professional Production: Ben Montmagny
  • Best Lighting Design in a Professional Production: Kyle Toth
West Side Story
  • Best Professional Production of a Musical
  • Best Director of a Professional Musical Production: Keith Coughlin
  • Best Actress in a Professional Musical Production: Nadina Hassan as Maria
  • >Best Supporting Actor in a Professional Musical Production: Jason Goldston as Riff
  • Best Supporting Actor in a Professional Musical Production: Danny Bevins as Bernardo
  • Best Supporting Actress in a Professional Musical Production: Kim Sava as Anita
  • Best Musical Direction in a Professional Production: Jonathan Parks
  • Best Choreography in a Professional Production: Michael Jablonski
  • Best Sound Design in a Professional Production: Ben Montmagny

Winners will be announced at the annual awards ceremony on January 20th.

In addition, our beloved Tom DeMille is being honored with the  2018 Francis Grover Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award.
“Artistically vibrant, financially strong, and deeply loved by thousands, the New London Barn Playhouse stands today as one of Tom DeMille’s most enduring legacies and a testament to the incalculable impact of a life well and generously lived in the arts.”

Announcing the 2018 Summer Season!

Click HERE to read the full Press Release announcing the 86th Summer Season!

 


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Barn Life: 2017

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Press Releases for the 2018 Season

2018 Season Announcement

Season Opening Release

Camelot

Little Women

Sylvia

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Give the Gift of the Arts!

What’s the one present that combines laughter, superb singing, thrilling music, and award-winning theater?
A New London Barn Playhouse Gift Certificate!

Purchase a gift certificate for our 2018 summer season and give an unforgettable gift of music, laughter and award-winning performances.

Gift certificates may be purchased by calling the Barn box office at (603) 526-6710, or you may place your order online here!

Certificates are available for the following pre-selected amounts:

• $72.00 – average price for two tickets to an evening performance
• $127.00 – one evening FlexPass package of 4 tickets
• $235.00 – one 2018 season evening subscription

Or you can select your own amount!

Barn Gift Certificates have no expiration date; certificates may be redeemed in a single transaction, or over a more extended period of time.

Holiday Gift Certificates can be purchased here or by calling the Box Office at 603-526-6710.