Little Women - the Classic turned Musical will entertain and delight!
by Cyndi Paxton Johnson
Are you ready for a treat? Get your tickets NOW for Little Women - The Musical, playing in both Chestertown and Oxford, MD. I love the classic novel by Louisa May Alcott - but couldn't imagine how that long tome could be set to music. Now, I understand.
The first thing I noticed was the EXCELLENT casting. The four March sisters were immediately identifiable - Jo with her assertive determination, Amy with her petulant pout, Meg's shy sweetness and Beth's pure innocence. Jo, expertly played by Beth Anne Langrell, has a strong, feisty voice that commands attention. Becca VanAken (Amy) gets our attention even before she speaks - her facial expressions are wonderful - and perfectly portray the selfish youngest sister. Alaana Mensing plays Meg - as gentle and romantic as we have imagined her. Sarah Snyder is the perfect Beth - and her tragic demise is handled discreetly. Debra Ebersole is bossy Aunty March, and Maria Gilliam is the ever-wonderful Marmee. Rhonda Higginbottom portrays Mrs. Kirck - and her strong voice serves the part well!
The men in the play surprised me. They were funny and lovable - even grumpy Mr. Laurence (Philip Dutton). Teddy, played by Matt Rein, looked different than I had imagined him - and yet now I cannot visualize anyone else in that role. Zach Schlag is Mr. John Brooke, the shy tutor. Ed Langrell shines as Professor Bhaer, in addition to directing. I actually prefer the stage version of the professor - he makes me laugh!
The talents of all those who worked to make this joint venture between TAP and the Prince Theatre a success is quite evident - the show flows seamlessly. If you've never seen the musical version of "Little Women" don't miss this opportunity!
The touching and uplifting story of the March family in “Little Women, the Musical” is a wonderful holiday gift for the entire family. Prince Theatre Foundation at 210 High Street in Chestertown will present the show Thursday, Friday, & Saturday, December 2, 3, & 4 at 8pm, Sunday, December 5 at 2pm, sponsored by Chesapeake Bank and Trust. Oxford Community Center performances are Thursday, Friday, & Saturday, December 9, 10, & 11 at 8pm, Sunday, December 12 at 2pm. Get together with the “Little Women” family as part of your holiday celebration this year. The Tred Avon Players and Prince theatre Foundation are funded by an operating grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive. For tickets and information call the Prince Theatre at 410-810-2060, www.princetheatre.org or 410-226-0061 or visit www.tredavonplayers.org