An enjoyable evening awaits the audience attending Jamestown High School’s summer musical production of Louisa May Alcott’s “Little Women.” Staged in the JHH auditorium, the musical opens next Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m.
Middle and high school students enrolled in JHS’s Advanced Theatre Arts program have been meeting for four hours daily since school ended last month to rehearse, build sets, paint and learn promotional techniques and to learn the score.
This year's performance is the musical version of “Little Women,” with music by Jason Howland, lyrics by Mindi Dickstein, and musical book by Allan Knee. The musical was produced on Broadway in 2005 with Sutton Foster as the famous central character Jo.
Louisa May Alcott's beloved story of the four March sisters during the Civil War has seen numerous dramatizations, but what makes this one particularly moving is its beautiful score. Jo is a spirited young lady who plans to become a writer of melodramatic adventure stories. What she discovers, though, is that her own humble family and the details of their lives make for more inspiration for her and their stories just might be the foundation for literary success.
With names changed, the underlying story is fundamentally Alcott's own family. As the saying goes, “Write what you know,” and Alcott did. The plot touches the lives of the average family. Even its music highlights the ups and downs of life, It’s a family musical and is one to which even the very young will connect.
Tony McIntyre and his dad, Michael McIntyre, are directing the musical. Tony has been JHS’s instructor of English and director of theater since 2014. His father is director of theater at the University of Jamestown.
The cast includes Samara McDermid as Jo March, Alivia Hoke as Meg March, Alexis Smith as Beth March and Zoe Bennett as Amy March. Cati Suckow plays their mom, Marmee, Ciarra Sayler plays Aunt March, and Logan Motter plays Mr. Laurence. Jackson Arends plays Laurie, Joseph Lauingger plays Professor Bhaer, with Monica Ripplinger playing two roles - Mrs. Kirk and Troll.
Ian Weis also plays two roles: John Brooke and Broxton. Kaitlyn Roemmich plays Hag while Anja McDermid plays Clarissa, Westin Walker plays Rodrigo and Paris Ndikum plays Knight.
Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and will be available at the door.
In addition to Alcott’s story, if you want to see some local color, a reenactor’s version of a Jamestown family, head over on Saturday, June 22, to the 1883 Stutsman County Courthouse. At 1 p.m. Alden Kollman will fill the shoes of George Lutz, one of the lumber barons in the Dakotas, whose mansion is now the Stutsman County Museum. The courthouse is located at 304 3rd Ave SE. Admission is free and there will be light refreshments.