The SRDS Performing Arts Department presented the ever-popular Little Women, (the musical) for three performances last weekend to a packed house in the Alford Hall Performing Arts Center.
Based on Louisa May Alcott's classic 1868 semi-autobiographical bio/novel, the show focuses on the four March sisters — traditional Meg, wild, aspiring writer Jo, timid Beth and romantic Amy — and their beloved Marmee, at home in Concord, MA, while their father is away serving as a Union Army Chaplain during the Civil War. Intercut with the vignettes in which their lives unfold are several recreations of the melodramatic short stories Jo writes in her attic studio. The musical is based on the book by Allan Knee, lyrics by Mindi Dickenstein and music by Jason Howland.
The starring role was played by Elizabeth Han '21, who portrayed Jo March flawlessly! Lead roles also included wonderful performances by Danielle Rizzuto '20 as Meg, Ema Eig '21 as Amy, and Joanna Ragukonis '20 as Beth. Delia David '21 played the role of Marmee, Dylan Strober '20 as Laurie, Avery Traver '21 as John Brooke, Morry Mu '20 as Mr. Laurence and Riley Driscoll '21 as Aunt March. In addition, the supporting cast and ensemble was wonderful and the stage crew managers, Ashley Wertheimer '20, Charlotte Hibbert '23, Alexandra Danieli '23 and backstage crew manager, Toirasia Taylor '23 was on point for every performance.
The show was Produced/Musical Directed by Tyler Capa, Stage Directed by Danielle Van Kampen and serving as Consultant and Assistant Director was Deonté L. Warren, who plays the Genie in Disney's Aladdin on Broadway. It was truly a wonderful production of this timeless and captivating story, featuring beautiful music, brought to life by our students in this production filled with personal discovery, heartache, hope and everlasting love.