Special to the Journal
“Little Women,” a musical version of one of America’s most beloved classics will grace the stage of Theatre Albany beginning December 8. The musical opened on Broadway in 2005 and has a book by Allan Knee, Lyrics by Mindi Dickstein and Music by Jason Howland.
Based on Louisa May Alcott’s own family experiences (and novel), “Little Women,” follows the adventures of Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March as they grow up in Civil War America. The beloved story of the March sisters is timeless and deals with issues as relevant today as when they were written. “Little Women” embodies the complete theatrical experience, guaranteeing a night filled with laughter, tears, and a lifting of the spirit. This powerful score soars with the sounds of personal discovery, heartache and hope — the sounds of a young America finding its voice.
Heading the cast as Jo will be Lindsey Giddens Stewart who is making her Theatre Albany onstage debut. The remainder of the cast is comprised of Theatre Albany veterans. Demi Davis, Emily Barnett and Courtney Lawson play Meg, Beth and Amy March, respectively. Marcy McCarty will play Marmee, the mother and Kathleen Stroup will portray the intimidating Aunt March. Alex Donnan will portray Laurie, the grandson of their neighbor Mr. Laurence, played by Eddie McCarty. Will Davis will be seen as Mr. Brooke, Laurie’s tutor and Bill Mackenzie as Professor Bhaer, Jo’s friend and confidante.
Artistic Director Mark Costello is handling the staging, Steve Scott is vocal director, Samantha Lee Helton is the choreographer and Laura Ruckel Johstono serves as the stage manager. Steve Felmet has designed the sets, Sarah Donnan is the costumer and Ann Brim Streat is handling the make-up and hair.
Performances are scheduled for December 8, 9, 10 / 15, 16, 17 at 8 p.m. with Sunday matinees December 11 and 18 at 2:30 p.m. For ticket information, call the theatre box office at (229) 439-7141.