Musical ‘Little Women” has contemporary look

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The timeless story of four sisters, authored by Louisa May Alcott, is a treasured book across the generations. Now, Theatre at Barton is thrilled to present “Little Women,” a contemporary Broadway musical based on Alcott’s beloved novel.

The show will open on Thursday, April 19, at 7:30 p.m., in the Kennedy Family Theatre on the campus of Barton College. 

Additional performances will be held on Friday and Saturday evenings, April 20 and 21, at 7:30 p.m., with an afternoon performance to follow on Sunday, April 22, at 3 p.m.

Based on Alcott’s life, the story of “Little Women” follows the adventures of sisters Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March, growing up in New England during the American Civil War, contending with career and relationship aspirations, experiencing tremendous joy, and suffering tragic loss.

This spring’s musical production is directed by Barton’s Sherry Lee Allen, with musical direction from Mark Peterson, and will feature seniors Micheala Howell as Marmee and Courtney Perez as Jo, with sophomores Jenna Sutton as Amy, Jamie Allen as Meg and Ashlee Keefe as Beth. 

Additional student cast members include junior Stephen Foy as Laurie, sophomores Brianna Tenhet as Aunt March, and Savannah Wall as Mrs. Kirk. Sierra Hill, Camille Tew, Callie Burnette, Erica Underwood, Julianna Wall, Synthandria Stockwell, Taylor Medlock are ensemble and understudies. Community and faculty members Tad Harrell, Zachery Rayburn and Adam Twiss round out the cast.   

 The scenic and lighting design will be tackled by Barton’s newest addition to the theater program, technical director Michael Dornemann, together with Barton Theatre students. Barton junior Olivia Mangum is the stage manager. The costume designer is Denise Shumaker. Barton alumnus Jordan Wade will handle sound design. 

Tickets are available at the door (or in advance at www.barton.edu/theatre). General admission is $12 for adults; $10 for seniors (65 and over), alumni and military; and $6 for non-Barton students. Tickets are free for Barton College students, faculty, and staff with a valid Barton ID.