Stratford Schools will present Little Women, The Broadway Musical on February 18 and 20 at 7 p.m. in the Stratford Auditorium. Admission is $5 per person.
According to Music Theatre International, the play is based on Louisa May Alcott’s life, Little Women follows the adventures of sisters, Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March.
Jo is trying to sell her stories for publication, but the publishers are not interested – her friend, Professor Bhaer, tells her that she has to do better and write more from herself.
Begrudgingly taking this advice, Jo weaves the story of herself and her sisters and their experience growing up in Civil War America.
This will be the fourth consecutive musical that Stratford has produced, since restarting the music program in 2015.
Little Women features Bella Stonecipher in the lead as Jo, Shaylee Terry as Meg, Mattie Hobson as Beth and Leah Kinsworthy as Amy. Brynn Savage will play the kind hearted, wise mother affectionately nicknamed, Marmee.
Their wealthy neighbor, Theodore Laurence, III, or Laurie, is portrayed by Jon Grein and his gruff grandparent is played by Abbie Wigley.
Professor Bhaer, who challenges Jo to write from the heart is performed by Jimmy Miller. Additional characters include the quirky boarding house owner, Mrs. Kirk, played by Emily Wigley, Meg’s love interest and Laurie’s tutor, Mr. John Brooke played by Russell Caton and cranky rich Aunt March portrayed by Ivorie Mounsey.
“This show is so much more than you might imagine it to be. There are sword fights, loves lost and won, grief and hope, heartwarming family unity and challenges around each corner.
“Our cast has worked very hard to bring the March family to life and they are doing a great job! Stratford theatre has come a long way in such a short time and having big audiences to show these kids that the arts matter here in a little town like Stratford is so essential to their education.
“We hope you can join us for one of our two performances for the public. You won’t be sorry you did!” said Catie Caton, Stratford Music Teacher and Assistant Speech and Drama Coach.