Little Women

Little Women
(Based On The Novel by Louisa May Alcott)
Music & Lyrics by Jim Betts
Book by Nancy Early

Debuted by Theatre Orangeville, 2001
Carousel Theatre, BC, 2003
Persephone Theatre, SK, 2009

Demo CD available on iTunes

The story takes place over a one-year period, from Christmas to Christmas, and is set in New England during the time of  the American Civil War.

Set against the backdrop of the Civil War, this new musical  adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel tells the timeless tale of  the four unforgettable March sisters, Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy. With their father  at war and their mother left to raise the family on her own, their struggles for survival teach an invaluable lesson to each girl. Touched by joy and adversity, and all that conspires to tear the Marches apart, these “little women” discover what great love and courage can be found in the bonds of sisterhood and priceless gift of family.

Cast: 10 Lead Roles (7F/3M), plus Ensemble. 7-piece Orchestration

CAST OF CHARACTERS

MARMEE
Mother to MEG, JO, BETH and AMY. A compassionate, strong woman who cares deeply about her children and her community. With her husband away serving in the Civil War, and with her family struggling with poverty, she must use every ounce of her strength to live day to day.

MEG (18)
The eldest March daughter, struggling to fit into Concord Society despite her family’s poverty. She longs for nice dresses, clean gloves and the admiration of SALLIE.

JO (17)
A passionate, determined, strong-willed “tom-boy”. Her family means everything to her, and she intends to use every talent she has to keep her family together. She longs to be a writer.

BETH (15)
The “heart” of the family. She says little, but her actions speak volumes. She is timid, but that shyness only masks an inner strength. She doesn’t ask much, but if only she could play that wonderful piano at the Laurence’s next door…

AMY (13)
She wants everything, and she’d prefer to have it all right now. Unsatisfied with being the baby of the family, she wants every experience and privilege her sisters have, and a few more as well. A firecracker of a little woman.

AUNT MARCH
The matriarch of the family. Widowed, wealthy and willing to try anything to maintain her influence over MARMEE and her girls.

SALLIE
MEG’s contemporary and role-model, for better or for worse.

LAURIE
The boy next door. He and JO become best friends, and help each other remain committed to their dreams.

JOHN BROOKE
LAURIE’s tutor. Slightly shy, slightly awkward, completely entranced with MEG.

MR. LAURENCE
LAURIE’s grandfather and guardian, determined to make LAURIE forget his own dreams and join the family business. His gruff, opinionated exterior hides the inevitable heart of gold.

ENSEMBLE
A small group that appear at various times throughout the story as friends, neighbours, peers, passers-by and hangers-on.

Songs include…

“This Family” (MEG, JO, BETH, AMY)
“Operatic Tragedy” (MEG, JO, BETH, AMY)
“Those Women Next Door” (LAURIE, MR. BROOKE, MR. LAWRENCE)
“Parts Of Me” (JO)
“Little Women” (MARMEE)
“Ready To Go” (MEG)
“The March March” (JO, LAURIE, COMPANY)
“We Can’t Forget To Dream” (JO, LAURIE)
“One Little Step” (BETH)
“The Concord Society Ball” (AUNT MATCH)
“Only A Woman” (MARMEE)
“Nothing Less” (AMY)
“Nothing More” (MEG, MR. BROOKE)
“I’ll Come Home” (BETH)
“Seasons” (MARMEE, COMPANY)
“Listen, Hear” (LAURIE)
“Beth’s Song” (JO)
“One More Year” (MARMEE, COMPANY)