Little Women: The Musical
by Poway High School
Book by Alan Knee, Music by Jason Howland, Lyrics by
Mindi Dickstien, based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott
Based on Louisa May Alcott's own family experiences (and
novel), LITTLE WOMEN, follows the
adventures of Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March as they grow up in Civil War America.
The beloved story of the March sisters is timeless and deals with issues as
relevant today as when they were written. This wonderful narrative has been
brought to life as an exhilarating musical filled with glorious music, dancing
and heart. LITTLE WOMEN embodies the
complete theatrical experience, guaranteeing a night filled with laughter,
tears, and a lifting of the spirit. The powerful score soars with the sounds of
personal discovery, heartache and hope -- the sounds of a young America finding
Foster starred in the role of the passionate and adventurous Jo
March. Miss Foster completely
embodied Jo’s spirit with amazing depth which is seldom seen in young
performers. Her top notch vocals
which served to support her stellar consistency of character means she gave a
Broadway-caliber performance which can only be described as “Astonishing”.
Rebecca Dhillon, who portrayed
the courageous and loving Marmee, made playing an adult alongside one’s peers look
effortless. Her beautiful and
touching rendition of “Days of Plenty” brought tears to this reviewer’s
eyes. The three March sisters,
performed by Kaela Marriott (Meg), Charity Monroe (Beth)
and Lirenza Gillette (Amy)
were brought to life showing their exuberance and innocence.
Miss Marriott did a fantastic job of portraying
Meg’s youth and subsequent maturation throughout the show.
Her rendition of “More Than I Am” alongside Trevor
Haumschilt (Mr. Brooks) was a
truly lovely duet in which both actors left a memorable mark.
Miss Monroe brought a sweet, calming depiction of
Beth’s quiet, inner strength which serves the family when it is forced to
continue without their beloved sister. Her
light and lovely vocals were very pleasant with a particularly pleasing
performance of “Some Things Are Meant To Be”.
Miss Gillette gave an outstanding performance as Amy,
the youngest March sister, easily capturing her annoying and headstrong spirit.
Her vocals throughout the show were absolutely splendid, especially
during the duet “The Most Amazing Thing”. All of the sisters had engaging
voices that blended well in the rousing choruses of “Our Finest Dreams” and
“Five Forever” along with Chris Ruddy
who played the role of Laurie, the friendly neighbor across the way.
Mr. Ruddy did a fine job finding Laurie’s humor and clearly
demonstrating his joy at being considered one of the family.
Noah Sims, as
Professor Bhaer, gave a wonderful and
mature-sounding vocal performance with particularly spectacular moments in
“How I Am”. Austin Thatcher did a great job of showing Mr. Laurence’s growth from cranky old neighbor to caring and
supportive friend. Margaux Payton, in the role of Aunt
March, found the perfect blend of brilliant bossiness and kindness for the
character. She also did an
impressive job of handling Aunt March’s
little dog, using the poise and concentration needed when dealing with animal
performers. Emily Nunn (Mrs. Kirk) and Allison
Leete (Clarissa), while portraying small roles, gave outstanding and notable
performances. The remainder of the
cast filled out the stage nicely with some of them doing a great job during
their modest, yet shining moments.
The sets, designed by Michael Hoffman, while minimal and somewhat abstract did a
serviceable job of grounding the show in the several different locations
throughout the show. It is worth
noting that the Poway High School Drama Department is remarkably fortunate to
have access to the lovely and technically advanced Poway Performing Arts Center.
Impressively directed by Katie
Wilson and superbly musically directed by Nancy
Gray, the show left the audience, stunned, impressed and wishing there was
Performed February 7 - 15, 2014
~ Cast ~
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Jo: Jackie Foster
Marmee: Rebecca Dhillon
Laurie: Chris Ruddy
Professor Bhaer: Noah Sims
Meg: Kaela Marriott
Beth: Charity Monroe
Amy: Lirenza Gillette
Mr. John Brooke: Trevor Haumschilt
Mr. Laurence: Austin Thatcher
Aunt March: Margaux Payton
Mrs. Kirk: Emily Nunn
Clarissa: Allison Leete
Rodrigo: Kyle Kesler
Sir Braxton Prendergast: Mendel Baljon
Troll: Don Jorgensen
Hag: Sarah Bedford
Knight: Andrew Koster
Ensemble (Dancers at the Ball, Ice Skaters, Hags, Trolls, Monks, Beachcombers, New Yorkers):
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