Jacksonville Opera Theatre to present musical adaptation of ‘Little Women’


The Jacksonville Opera Theatre will present the musical adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s “Little Women” Friday through Sunday and May 27-29 at Jacksonville State University’s Mason Hall’s Recital Hall, Room 351, according to a press release.

This adaptation of the classic 1868 novel by Louisa May Alcott first premiered in 2005 on Broadway featuring music by Jason Howland and lyrics by Mindi Dickstein, the release said.

“Little Women” is an American classic about four young sisters living in Concord, Massachusetts, during the Civil War, and their passage from childhood to adulthood. This musical presents the familiar story of the March sisters at a crossroads in their journey.

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“It’s still the story many know and love, but audiences don’t have to know Louisa May Alcott to see it,” JSU Career Development Coordinator and show Director Emily Duncan said in the release. “It’s the story of strong women blazing their own paths that has resonated for generations. While some paths are expected, others are unexpected, and it is all astonishing.”

In addition to Duncan, the show will be produced, designed and musically directed by Dr. Nathan Wight, director of operatic activities, and conducted by Dr. Jeremy Benson, associate professor of music. Chaney Billips will serve as lead costume designer and Allison Woodward as choreographer.

Showtimes will be at 7 p.m. each Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. matinees each Sunday. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for JSU students and audiences younger than age 18. The run time will be about two-and-a-half hours, with a 15-minute intermission. While the show is appropriate for all ages, it is recommended for those ages 10 and older.

For more information or to buy tickets, visit https://www.onthestage.tickets/show/jacksonville-opera-theatre/little-women-the-broadway-musical-37935.

J.J. Hicks is a news reporter at The Gadsden Times. He can be reached at [email protected].

This article originally appeared on The Gadsden Times: JSU to host musical version of “Little Women” over six-day run


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