‘Little Women’ graces stage, tells timeless tale

Louisa May Alcott’s classic tale of life in the March household during Civil War America comes to life next week when Blaine High School Department of Theatre presents “Little Women – The Musical.” Curtains open 7 p.m. April 25 and 26 and May 2 and 3; matinees take the stage 2 p.m. April 26 and May 3.

The March girls – Meg (Nicole Longfield) and Josephine (Jordan Schwartz), Beth (Bianet Diaz) and Amy (Maya Richardson) – gather ‘round Marmee (Mallory Schmitt) during rehearsal for Blaine High School’s production of “Little Women.”

The March girls – Meg (Nicole Longfield) and Josephine (Jordan Schwartz), Beth (Bianet Diaz) and Amy (Maya Richardson) – gather ‘round Marmee (Mallory Schmitt) during rehearsal for Blaine High School’s production of “Little Women.”Photo submitted

Even though it was written more than 100 years ago, “Little Women” explores timeless issues like the quest for love, career versus family, and life during wartime.

Audiences will be enchanted by the story of the March family and will be engaged by the musical’s music, dancing and heart, said director Cynthia Hess.

The musical opens with the tomboyish Jo, who desires to be a professional writer, a challenge to social conventions in the 1860s. Professor Bhaer tries to convince her that she needs to focus her writing on topics with which she is more familiar, causing Jo to reflect on her life growing up and regaling her sisters with wild stories from her active imagination.

“We see the girls’ progress from adolescence to young womanhood and witness their struggle to become the people they want to be, whether it is a wife and mother, an artist, a musician or a writer,” said Hess. “And this is something that everyone can relate to at any age: How do you become your authentic self when society throws so much adversity your way? What do you need to do to be happy?”

Throughout their life story, the March girls encounter new friends and potential suitors, are counseled by their kind-hearted but strong mother Marmee, and must contend with irascible Aunt March and a disapproving grandfather.

“It has been such a pleasure working with these talented students,” Hess said, reflecting on the “Little Women” troupe, including lead and supporting actors, chorus members, dancers and more.

“Every rehearsal has brought out new discoveries and new emotions, and the audience is going to feel everything these actors are portraying. I anticipate a lot of tears from the cast and the audience at the end of each performance.”

Tickets for “Little Women – the Musical” are $10 for adults, $7 for students and seniors, and $5 for children under 10. They can be purchased at the door or at SeatYourself.biz.

For more information call 763-506-6666.

Sue Austreng is at
sue.austreng@ecm-inc.com

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