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AWARDED THE  DENVER DRAMA CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD
"BEST NEW PLAY OF 1998"

Louisa May Alcott’s
Little Women - The Musical

THE STORY

This original musical based on Louisa May Alcott's classic novel, was commissioned by Littleton's Town Hall Arts Center for its 1998 Christmas season. It is a treatment of the story for adults and their families and was recognized with four nominations by the Denver Drama Critics Circle 1998 awards and won two: Best New Play of the 1998 Season, and Best Choreography.  

The story follows the lives of the four March girls - Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy. It begins in the March attic in Concord, Massachusetts, in 1871, and flashes back to the Christmas of 1861. We follow the sisters and their mother as they cope with the sacrifices of wartime on the home front. They befriend the boy next door, Laurie Laurence, and experience the joy of a New Year's ball. The littlest sister, Amy, almost drowns in a skating accident.  Meg meets and falls in love with Laurie's tutor, John Brooke, much to the chagrin of  Aunt March, who threatens cut Meg off from any share in her will, if Meg continues to see the schoolteacher. The girls' father is taken ill in Washington, D.C., and to help her mother with the finances for a trip to that city, Jo sells her hair. While Mrs. March is away, Beth comes down with Scarlet Fever, eliciting a promise from her sisters not to tell their mother. "Poppy needs her more," she says. Beth gets better, but never quite recovers. Three years later, Meg marries John. Aunt March takes Amy to France. Jo moves to New York to pursue a writing career and meets Professor Friedrich Bhaer.  Laurie has proposed to Jo, but she's turned him down. Laurie goes to Europe and winds up spending time with Amy there. Meanwhile, Jo and the Professor are developing an attachment, but Jo goes home before the relationship fully develops. In Concord again,  Jo serves as a selfless nurse of Beth who dies. Laurie and his new wife return from the Continent and the family discover Laurie has married Amy. Jo is the last left at home and worries about being an old maid. But the Professor shows up - better late than never-and the two reveal their love for each other. The story of the little women is now complete.

Musical Numbers Include:

Pieces of Our Lives; The Letter Waltz; Empty Baskets, Full Hearts; The Distance Between Hearts; Sisters, Don't Follow Your Heart; Lions at the Gate; Skaters; May Providence Smile; Boarding House Reach; Blooms and Thorns ; Until Now; I See These Hands; and The Vigil.

The Creative Team:

 Steve Stevens, Music and Lyrics: Steve is well known for his Composition, Musical Direction and Sound Sculpture for theatres in Colorado and New York.  He has been nominated six times by the Denver Drama Critics Circle for “Best Sound Design” and won the award in 1987.  Some of his notable works include City/Stage Ensemble’s LZ and Biederman and the Firebugs; Mirror Players Hamlet; Denver University’s Medea: A Noh Cycle; Columbia University Theatre’s Off-Broadway Pelleas and Melisande; The Changing Scene’s Alexander and Road; Denver Center Theatre Company’s Man and Superman; Robert Garner Attraction’s Forever Plaid; World Goes 'Round and the long running Center Attraction’s Always…. Patsy Cline; Mountain Stage Productions’ Jungle Book; and Albany Capital Repertory Theatre’s Don Juan; Always …Patsy Cline; Forever Plaid; Our Town; and A Christmas Carol.

 Mitch Samu, Additional Music and Lyrics; Musical Direction: Mitch Samu, originally from Copiague, Long Island, New York, has spent his entire life —since age fifteen—in the music business as a music director, pianist, arranger, composer.  He has Music Directed and been the Keyboardist/Conductor for hundreds of theatrical productions in the Denver area, as well as nationally.  Mitch and his wife, Kirsten, are both prolific songwriters and performers and have their own CD in release entitled, Here and Now.   It features thirteen of their own original songs.  Mitch is also the Composer of the highly acclaimed work, Jesus, the Last Mile…  Future projects include collaboration with noted choreographer, David Taylor in 1999 on a major work to celebrate the Millennium.

Bil (sic) Rodgers, Librettist: Bil Rodgers is a well-known actor/writer who has appeared in over 100 plays professionally, playing such roles as Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof, Mr. Zues in J.B., Caliban in The Tempest and F.D.R. in Annie.  He has also toured schools, theatres, churches and colleges for the last three decades in his solo dramas They Who Knew Him, The Evangelist and The Last of the Old Time Cowboys.  On the screen, Bil has been seen with such stars as Danny Glover and Dennis Quaid (Switchback), Patrick Swayze and William H. Macy (Walt Disney’s Tall Tales) and Cindy Williams (Escape from Terror).  He starred in the award-winning motion picture Moody!, and has participated in well over 250 radio and television commercials. As a writer Bil has authored several novels including Cult Sunday and Be Thou Pleased to Dwell with Me, both nominated for the E.C.P.A’s Gold Medallion Award.  He also written the librettos for four musicals including Y’shua!, which has been produced in Los Angeles, New York, Boston, Minneapolis, Rapid City, and Denver.  In addition, Bil has directed in regional and local theatre.  He is President of Littleton’s Town Hall Arts Center and has produced a number of events for them including Big River, Pirates of Penzance and Annie Warbucks.

Sharlene Wanger, Director: Sharlene Wanger is a Director and Actress who has played roles that have varied from Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors to Charlotte in Charlotte’s Web.  She has directed more than sixty plays including productions of Annie Warbucks, Fiddler on the Roof and Oklahoma.  She is co-owner and President of Mountain Stage Productions, Inc., a theatrical production company founded in 1987 with Debbie Stark .  They have produced eight of their own shows and are the licensed organization to produce Centerstage, a summer performing arts camp and touring company for  teenagers which has toured nationally.  Sharlene also co-produced the Childrens Theatre  with Henry Lowenstein at the Denver Civic Theatre for four years and was instrumental in the original production of four industrial shows including Just Say No to Drugs.

Debbie Stark, Choreographer:  Debbie Stark has choreographed for many of the area theaters for the past sixteen years.  She has been recognized for her work by the Denver Drama Critics Circle with several nominations and in 1995 received the award for her work with How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.  Debbie has been the company choreographer for PHAMLy (Physically Handicapped Amateur Musical Actors League) for eight years.  Along with partner, Sharlene Wanger, Debbie owns and choreographs for Mountain Stage Productions.  She has also is active with Centerstage USA.  Debbie owns Dance Kaleidoscope, the studio where she teaches. A native of Colorado, she has taught dance to literally thousands of young people over the past twenty-six years.

 These five people have been at work on Little Women, The Musical since January, 1998.
 
 

 Additional Members of the Production Team:
 Technical Director………………………………………Stuart Barr
 Set and Light Design………………………………Charles Packard
 Assistant to Mr. Packard…………………………... Kathy Murphy
 Costumes…………………………………………Cindy Cantanese
 Props………………………………………………..Kay Chambers
 Stage Manager……………………………………...Chuck Niccolls
 
 

The Original Cast

Little Women - The Musical opened at Town Hall Arts Center in Littleton, Colorado, a suburb of Denver, on December 1, 1998, with the following cast.

Jo…………………………………………………..Whitney Flinn
Meg………………………………………………. Jennifer Hayes
Beth………………………………………………… Tracy Shuster
Younger Amy……………………………… Annaleigh Swanson
Older Amy…………………………………………Jessica Monson
Marmee…………………………………………….. Nancy Harris
Mr. March……………………………………….. ...David Sauvage
Laurie…………………………………………Jordan Leigh Gurner
Mr. Laurence………………………………… T. David Rutherford
John Brooke…………………………………………..Brian Walker
Professor Friedrich Bhaer………………………….Gary Hathaway
Hannah……………………………………………. Vicki Pierce
Aunt March…………………………………………. B.J. Gerhard
Doctor………………………………………………….Terry Burke
Mrs. Kirke………………………………… Laura Lee Cornelison
Kitty Kirke…………………………………………..Eve Lowinger
Minnie Kirke……………………………………….Marissa Pooley
Gardener……………………………………… David Wayne Fox
Maid………………………………………….. Andrea Rutherford
Sara/Understudy to the March women………………Sheryl Cobijn
Ted…………………………………………...Jeremy David Palmer
Boy……………………………………………..…Matthew Gotlieb

It was restaged and opened for its second season at Town Hall Arts Center on November 19, 1999.

If you are a producer or artistic manager for a theatre, and would like to consider Little Women--The Musical for your venue, telephone 303.347.8012

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