Little Women

Monday, January 6, 2020

 

 
 
 

Adapted by L. Don Swartz

Little Women

This poignantly-drawn play chronicles the life-changing events of the March family during a turbulent period of the Civil War. Their joys, sorrows, loves and losses are played against the backdrop of a divided country. Through it all, the sisters endure with a healthy dose of faith and the March family legendary sense of humor. Along the way, the girls learn the value of family and friendship. All the most familiar episodes from the beloved novel are here as well as less familiar material, including Amy and Laurie's courtship and Aunt March's eleventh-hour reconciliation with the family. A beautiful, timeless drama.

 
 

Adapted for the stage by Beth Lynch and Scott Lynch-Giddings

Louisa's Little Women

By itself, the sweetness and wholesomeness of "Little Women," the story of a tomboy and her three sisters coming of age during the Civil War, might be a little too saccharine for a cynical modern audience. But this warm, intelligent play is grounded by scenes from Alcott's real life, as a daughter of an abolitionist father, as a published author in a male-dominated business world, as a volunteer nurse during the war, and as a suffragette. Woven into her novel, we see just how radical these independent girls were for their time.

 
 

A Musical!

Little Women: A Merry Christmas 

Adapted from Louisa May Alcott’s beloved classic novel. Four of literature’s most famous sisters must endure the absence of their father while he is away ministering in the Civil War. Under Marmee’s wise and tender care, the girls learn many lessons – including the real meaning of Christmas – as they experience both the painful and the beautiful that life offers. Full of memorable and varied music with richly drawn characters, “Little Women – A Merry Christmas” is a family-friendly timeless story that stays true to its historical era while bringing joy and authenticity to the holiday season. Some songs include “If I Had No Worries” by the four sisters, the “Skaters’ Waltz” by the chorus; “Stille Nacht” (“Silent Night”) by the Hummel children, as well as songs for the sisters’ operetta. 

 
 

Real journal entries and letters are used in the show including those from Louisa May Alcott.

Soldiers Young and Brave

The Civil War was unlike any other war our country has ever endured. It not only severed our nation, it severed our nation’s families. Husbands, wives, mothers, fathers, brothers, and sisters were torn apart by politics, beliefs, distance, and death. The characters are based on real people, the words taken from actual journal entries and letters, the music is the traditional music of the day, and much of the poetry was written on the battlefield. This play is not about the North or the South, but about individual lives and relationships. It is a story of remembrance…and don’t we all deserve to be remembered?

 
 

Features a scene from "Little Women"

 

Fantastical Friends

When Fred is forced to go to the library to do a report, he meets the Book Master, a magical character who introduces him to some of the most popular fictional characters ever created. Before his eyes, sections from several great books are acted out. You can choose whichever 6 to 8 scenes of the 9 included to comprise a full evening's entertainment. Scenes include "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" and "Little Women" (Americana); "Jane Eyre" (Gothic); "Dracula" and "The Monkey's Paw" (horror); "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" and "A Thousand and One Arabian Nights" (fantasy); "Great Expectations" (British); and "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" (detective). Your audience, like Fred, cannot help but become involved with the fantastical (fantastic + magical) friends who'll spring to life on stage.

 

Looking for a comedic scene or song?

Check out the scene "Little Men" and the song "Dress Them Up in Drag."

 
 

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