Louisa May Alcott’s classic tale of familial love and gender equality was brought to life by TU’s Department of Theatre to positive reviews and enthusiastic audiences. Little Women: the Musical (book by Allan Knee, lyrics by Mindi Dickstein and music by Jason Howland) was presented at the Lorton Performance Center, March 26-29.
After losing their final dress rehearsal due to tornado activity in the area, the cast and crew pulled together for a successful opening night and three additional public performances. A matinee was also provided for local school children on Friday morning, with more than 300 students, ages 8 to 18, attending.
Audiences were transported into the world of the March sisters for the roughly 2 1/2-hour show. The production was visually spectacular: from its towering set designed by Professor Kim Powers, to the intricate costumes designed by Crista Patrick. The musical score was performed by a professional orchestra led by Jim Gregory.
The essential element of any Little Women adaptation is its familial relationships. Directed by Professor Machele Miller Dill with choreography by Professor Jessica Vokoun, the March family was vivacious and endearing. The cast interacted honestly as a loving family unit through their celebrations and heartaches.
Little Women: the Musical excelled in every element, making a beautiful, magical evening of theatre!