The Little Women of the March Family, Waukesha Civic Theatre, Wisconsin
Photograph by Kurt Magoon (Flickr)
Taken June 9, 2008
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Script by Marian De Forest
Novel by Louisa May Alcott
Directed by Amanda Pohlen and Jordan Zachariasen
Who: Interested actors and actresses (7 females and 5 males)
Where: Westwind Frame and Gallery
412 East 2nd Street, The Dalles, Oregon
When: August 7th - August 9th (2017)
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Why: Because theatre is a blast!
How: Show up to audition. Acting experience is helpful, but not necessary and no advance preparation is required. A smile never hurts.
Click here to fill out an audition form.
Synopsis: "One of the most popular stories ever written comes to life in this sparkling adaptation that has stood the test of time. This coming of age drama focuses on the lives of the four sisters Jo, Meg, Amy, and Beth as they grow into young ladies in the nineteenth-century. All the familiar scenes play out in a tapestry of New England life as the March family deals with the Civil War, young love, and the tragedy of death. Critics have hailed the play as "clever," "exerting rare charm," and "something worth rejoicing over." Celebrated as much today as it was when it first appeared, this timeless play exhibits the virtues of a close and loving family whose perseverance continues to inspire audiences."
Robert March: Robert is the father of Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy. "Formerly wealthy, he is portrayed as having helped friends who could not repay a debt, resulting in his family's genteel poverty. A scholar and a minister, Robert serves as a chaplain in the Union Army during the Civil War and is wounded in December 1862. After the war, he becomes minister to a small congregation."
Margaret "Marmee" March: Marmee is the mother of Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy. "She engages in charitable works and lovingly guides her girls' morals and their characters. She once confesses to Jo that her temper is as volatile as Jo's, but that she has learned to control it."
Margaret "Meg" March: "Meg is sixteen when the story starts. She is referred to as a beauty and manages the household when her mother is absent. Meg fulfills expectations for women of the time."
Josephine "Jo" March: "Jo is the principal character and 15 years old at the beginning of the story. She is a strong and willful young woman, struggling to subdue her strong personality." Jo is also a writer and tomboy.
Beth "Elizabeth" March: "Beth, thirteen when the story starts, is described as kind, gentle, sweet, shy, quiet and musical."
Amy March: "Amy is the youngest sister and baby of the family, aged twelve when the story begins. Interested in art, she is described as a 'regular snow-maiden' with curly golden hair and blue eyes, 'pale and slender' and 'always carrying herself' like a proper young lady. She is the artist of the family. Often "petted" because she is the youngest, Amy can behave in a vain and self-centered way." However, she learns to be kind.
Aunt Josephine March: She is Robert March’s aunt. Aunt March is elderly, wealthy, and a widow. "Somewhat temperamental and prone to being judgmental, she disapproves of the family's poverty, their charitable work, and their general disregard for the more superficial aspects of society's ways. She appears to be strict and cold, but deep down, she's really quite soft-hearted."
James Laurence: "James is Laurie's grandfather and a wealthy neighbor of the Marches. Lonely in his mansion, and often at odds with his high-spirited grandson, he finds comfort in becoming a benefactor to the Marches. He protects the March sisters while their parents are away. He was friends to Mrs. March's father, and admires their charitable works. He develops a special friendship with Beth, who reminds him of his late granddaughter. He gives Beth the girl's piano."
Theodore "Laurie" Laurence: "Laurie is a rich young man, older than Jo but younger than Meg. Laurie is the 'boy next door' to the March family, and has an overprotective paternal grandfather, Mr. Laurence. Laurie's parents died young and he was taken in by his grandfather. Preparing to enter Harvard, Laurie is being tutored by john Brook. Laurie is described as attractive and charming, with black eyes, brown skin, and curly black hair. Sometimes Jo calls Laurie 'Teddy.'"
Professor Fredrich "Fritz" Bhaer: "A middle aged, 'philosophically inclined,' and penniless German immigrant in New York City who was a noted professor in Berlin. He lives in Mrs. Kirke's boarding house and works as a language master. He and Jo become friends, and he critiques her writing."
John Brooke: "During his employment with the Laurences as a tutor to Laurie, he falls in love with Meg. He accompanies Mrs. March to Washington D.C. when her husband is ill with pneumonia. When Laurie leaves for college, John continues his employment with Mr. Laurence as a bookkeeper."
Hannah Mullett: "The March family maid and cook, their only servant. She is of Irish descent and very dear to the family. She is treated more like a member of the family than a servant. like a family member."
This production is not a musical.
Contact People: Amanda Polehn (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Performance Dates: Cancelled due to a lack of available actors.
Doors open half an hour before each performance.