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Left to Right, with their roles: Beth (Molly Holmgren), Jo (Kayla Hruska), Meg, (Grace Harmon), Mrs. March (Kelsey Reynolds) and Amy (Jane Williams)

 

A robust cast and crew of more than 30 Mora High School students will be bringing an adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic story “Little Women” to life on Nov. 14, 15 and 16 in the school’s auditorium, just in time for the holidays.

“Little Women,” a classic American novel, was originally published in two volumes in 1868 and 1869 and later adapted to countless mediums across the decades, including everything from Hollywood movies to cable television miniseries, and everything in between. 

The story of the March sisters – Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy – coming of age in New England during the American Civil War, is a semi-autobiographical tale based off of Alcott’s own experiences with her family growing up in mid-1800’s Massachusetts. 

With their father serving as a chaplain in the war, the March sisters are left with just themselves, their mother and their family’s maid Hannah to face challenges such as earning money to support their family during the war, coping with their father’s absence, young love and a subject that is still relevant today: young adults coming into their own identities. Each sister faces her own unique problems, whether they’re emotional, physical or social challenges, in addition to everything going on in the world around them. Even as their father returns from the war and we follow the sisters further along the path to adulthood, they encounter more ‘mature’ issues such as marriage prospects, the losses of loved ones and forging a path for yourself as an adult.

While Thomas Hischak’s stage adaptation only calls for a small cast of 12-18 actors, Mora High School Director, Hope Murray, made sure everyone who auditioned had a place in the production. She accomplished this by creatively aging the four sisters and two love interests between act one and act two.

“Act one features the sisters, Theodore Lawrence and John Brook as young teenagers,” Murray said. “In act two, new actors take over their roles as the characters get older and face more adult challenges.” 

This about doubled the size of the cast and allowed every student who was interested to get involved in some aspect of the performance process, be it acting, set construction or light and sound operation – just a few of the many moving parts involved in any production.

You can see “Little Women” at the Mora High School on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 14 and 15, at 8 p.m., or Saturday, Nov. 16 at 2 p.m. in the auditorium. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door before each production.

 

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