ISSUED: 1 February 2017
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens
SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV — Shepherd University’s Department of Music will present the Broadway musical “Little Women,” on Friday and Saturday, February 10 and 11, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, February 12, at 3 p.m. in the Frank Center Theater.
General admission is $10; $5 for faculty, staff, Shepherd alumni, and senior citizens; and free for Shepherd students with a valid Rambler ID. In the spirit of the independent and creative force of the character Jo March, young women age 18 and under will be admitted free to the 3 p.m. Sunday performance.
The play will be directed and conducted by Dr. Rob Tudor, chair of the Department of Music, with musical direction by Barbara Irvine, adjunct music professor.
“Little Women,” with music by Jason Howland, lyrics by Mindi Dickstein, and a book by Allan Knee, first opened on Broadway in 2005. Based on Louisa May Alcott’s classic 1869 semi-autobiographical novel, “Little Women” focuses on the four March sisters—brassy, tomboy-like, aspiring writer Jo, romantic Meg, pretentious Amy, and kind-hearted Beth—and their beloved Marmee, at home in Concord, Massachusetts, while the family patriarch is away serving as a Union Army chaplain during the Civil War. Intercut with the vignettes in which their lives unfold are several recreations of the melodramatic short stories Jo writes in her attic studio.
The cast includes Grace Guiney, Harpers Ferry, as Beth March; Kai Fletcher, Martinsburg, as Aunt March; Jack Younis, Shepherdstown, as John Brooke; Hailey Bricker, Williamsport, Maryland, as Meg March; John Wilkins, Frederick, Maryland, as Professor Bhaer; Mary Sullivan, Lexington Park, Maryland, as Amy March; Stephanie Proctor, Chantilly, Virginia, as Marmee; Alexandra Rosle, Harleysville, Pennsylvania, as Jo March; Matthew Gray, Magnolia, Delaware, as Laurie Laurence; and Gerry Philp, a community member, as Mr. Laurence.
For more information, call 304-876-5555 or visit www.shepherd.edu/music.
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