‘March’ down to SOPAC for ‘Little Women’
‘Little Women’ by Louisa May Alcott has been transformed from novel to production, allowing the story of the March sisters to come to life.
The production is known nationally and internationally as audiences follow sisters Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March on their adventures. The ageless and compelling story trails Jo March, a girl ahead of her time, as she searches for recognition as a writer.
The stories of her sisters allow the audience to connect with them, which creates for a charming production.
“The play is intriguing because of all the little women in the show, the sisters are so different and intriguing, each with their own personality,” said Alexis Nalbandian, a senior theatre studies major and double minor in business administration and economics and the stage manager of the production.
“The way they act individually and together make for a compelling show. With each sister the audience members can relate in some way with their personalities.”
The captivating moments throughout the play are sprinkled with music in the background, which will enhance the concepts and spirit of the characters’ ambition, morals, independence, language and selfless generosity.
“I think there is so much to it when it comes down to making a show come to life,” said Nalbandian. “The actors as well as the crew are important. Every step is important in the process. Everyone is working together to create this atmosphere for the audience and making the story come alive.”
The story of the March sisters presents viewers with the universal notion as the girls attempt to grow into “little women” and as the characters seek self-improvement.
“I’ve heard of the book, ‘Little Women,’ but I’ve never read it which is why I think it would be interesting to go see the play,” said Desiree Gonzalez, a senior social and behavioral sciences major.
The cast includes a number of gifted actors and actresses like Christine Byrne (Jo March), Shamah Devonish (Professor Bhaer), Antoinette Gardner (Beth March), Bailey Howell (Marmee), Elise Pfail (Aunt March) and Zachary Blaisdell (Mr. Brooke and Rodrigo).
The musical direction is led by Dr. Jason Tramm while music is by Jason Howland and lyrics by Mindi Dickstein.
“You’ll laugh, you’ll cry and you’ll have a good time. It’s a great show,” said Nalbandian.
Tickets are free, but reservations are recommended.
The play will be performed on April 23, 24 and 25 at 8 p.m. and April 26 at 2 p.m. at the South Orange Performing Arts Center.
Nisha Desai can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.