Posted July 26, 2009
Schenectady Civic Players Schenectady Civic Players announce that auditions for Little Women (the musical) will take place on Tuesday, September 15, and Thursday, September 17, at 7:30 P.M. at the Schenectady Civic Playhouse, 12 S. Church St., Schenectady, NY 12305. Sign-up is at 7:15 P.M. The production will be directed by Duncan Morrison with music direction by Val Lord.
Little Women is a musical with a book by Allan Knee, lyrics by Mindi Dickstein, and music by Jason Howland.
Based on Louisa May Alcott’s classic 1869 semi-autobiographical novel, it focuses on the four March sisters - feisty, tomboyish, aspiring author 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. A recent Broadway musical, this transformative take on the classic novel received a Tony Award and three Drama Desk Awards.
Jo March – A passionate young woman, age 19. This is her story and her journey. The story centers around her life, from the Christmas that it all started, to the publishing of “Little Women” and her engagement to Professor Bhaer.
Laurie (Theodore Laurence III) – A young, and often hopeless, boy-next-door, age 16. He loves Jo dearly during Act One, but quickly is rejected when he proposes. He later travels to Europe and meets, Amy, who he falls in love with.
Meg – The oldest sister. Yearns for a great life. She has twins during the course of the Musical, and marries John Brooke.
Amy – The youngest sister and rather whiney individual, she has a rather pompous manner, and by that, she rides into society. She marries Laurie.
Beth – The second youngest sister. Dies of Scarlet Fever. She is a peace-maker, and always sees the good in everyone.
Marmee – The strong mother. She is the backbone of the family. Her songs show how truly trying this is, however.
Mr. John Brooke – Laurie's Tutor, a rather stiff man, late 20s, but capable of showing emotion. Marries Meg.
Mr. Laurence - Laurie's grandfather, age 60-70. He is a stiff elderly man, but he eventually shows his softer side.
Professor Bhaer – A German man, 35-40, who falls in love with Jo.
Mrs. Kirk – The middle-aged Irish owner of the Boarding House at which Jo stays.
Aunt March – An older woman who is the Matriarch of the March Clan. She is very rich, but apparently close to death, revising her will toward the end of the play.
Production dates are December 4 - 6 and December 9 - 13. For further information please contact the director, Duncan Morrison, at firstname.lastname@example.org or check out www.civicplayers.org.
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