Blackfriars Theatre, 795 E. Main St., Rochester, will present “Little Women: The Musical,” the Broadway adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s book, on Dec. 15-31.
The adventures of the four March sisters will be brought to life. Meg, Beth and Amy are inspired by their fearless sister, Jo, as she weaves stories of romance, heartache, humor and their experiences growing up in America during the Civil War.
“Little Women holds a place in the hearts of so many adults who read the book in their childhood, including mine,” said Patricia Lewis Browne, director. “I was interested to see if it would sustain its attraction for me many years later. I also wondered if cast members and theatergoers much younger than myself would feel that same connection. It turns out they do. With the addition of a wonderful musical score, it speaks to the freshness of youthful hope and the pangs of finding out who we are and what we are meant to do in this world.”
The musical features a score by Jason Howland, lyrics by Mindi Dickstein and book by Allan Knee.
Blackfriars Theatre is partnering with Rochester City School District’s library system to collect children’s books during the run of “Little Women: The Musical.”
“This season, we’ve made it a point to find ways to give back to the community with each production,” said Danny Hoskins, artistic and managing director. “Last month, we hosted the Red Cross for a blood drive during our production of ‘Dracula.’ With ‘Little Women,’ it’s a book drive. Another goal this year is to engage with new audiences. With this production, we are creating an opportunity for families to enjoy a holiday treat together at Blackfriars.”
The Little Women cast includes Ruth Bellavia (Marmee), Vicki Casarett (Aunt March), Kyle Critelli (John Brooke), Carl Del Buono (Professor Bhaer), CJ Garbin (Laurie), Natalia Hulse (Beth), Steve Marsocci (Mr. Laurence), Rebecca Pfohl (Meg), Cassidy Thompson (Jo) and Gemma Vodacek (Amy). The musical is directed by Browne with musical direction by Julie Covach and choreography by Mandi Lynn Griffith Gurell.
Tickets cost $31.50-$39.50. Senior and student discounts are available. Visit blackfriars.org for information.