Modern adaptation of ‘Little Women’ on stage at the Garfield

CHESTERTOWN — Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel “Little Women” is the story of the March family, a once wealthy family that lives in a quiet Massachusetts town during the time of the Civil War.

Their father has been called to the front, and the girls must adjust to a new way of life at home with their mother.

As they transition from childhood to adulthood, they face many challenges with each other and in the world outside of their home.

A news release states, “The work is an American classic for a reason — it captures the complexities of life and womanhood, simultaneously raising prominent issues often overlooked.”

Kate Hammil’s adaptation ofLittle Women” brings the iconic 19th century story to a modern audience, focusing on current relevant issues while maintaining a conscious understanding of the March family as we know them.

Hammil’s adaptation made its debut in 2019 at Cherry Lane Theater in New York City. The production was directed by Sarna Lapine, and Hammil herself appeared as Meg March.

Jo March, outspoken, hot-tempered and caring, is the second eldest of the March sisters and takes the place of protagonist.

Her older sister Meg is responsible, demure and dutiful, longing for the wealth she used to know, and for a love and family of her own.

Beth, the second to youngest sister, is quiet, sweet and unfailingly kind, and provides solace in times of need.

The youngest, Amy, a beautiful young artist, is the closest thing to an antagonist in this story. As the spoiled youngest child, Amy often causes tension between the sisters.

Guided gently by their mother, Margaret “Marmee” March, the sisters pave their own bold paths, navigating the complexities of life amid a country at war as they grow from little girls to little women.

The Garfield Center for the Arts’ production is directed by Hester Sachse.

The cast is led by Macy Morris as Jo March; Maryanne Shoge as Meg; KT Pagano as Beth; Izzie Squire Southworth as Amy; and Minnie Maloney as their mother “Marmee.”

Other members of the cast include Sam Holdgreve as Laurie; Allison Jones as John Brooks and Parrot; Cassi Pinder as Hannah and Mrs. Mingott; and Rebekkah Napier as Mr. Laurence and Robert March.

Costumes are by Connie Fallon. KT Pagano is the fight captain. Props are by members of the cast and by Hester Sachse, who is also doing the sound and projection designs.

GCA theater manager Nic Carter is designing lights.

Artist Emily Kalwaitis has contributed artwork to the production and Natalie Hagan has provided choreography.

The show opens Friday, Dec. 1  and runs weekends through Dec. 17. Show times are 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays.

Tickets are available on the Garfield Center website, www.garfieldcenter.org; or by calling the box office at 410-810-2060 on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Garfield Center for the Arts is located at 210 High St. in downtown Chestertown.

 

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