“Little Women” Will Grace The Barton Theatre Stage April 19-22

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WILSON, N.C. — March 28, 2018 — The timeless story of four sisters, authored by Louisa May Alcott, is a treasured book across the generations. Now, Theatre at Barton is thrilled to present “Little Women,” a contemporary Broadway musical based on Alcott’s beloved novel.

The show will open on Thursday, April 19, at 7:30 p.m., in the Kennedy Family Theatre on the campus of Barton College in Wilson. Additional performances will be held on Friday and Saturday evenings, April 20 and 21, at 7:30 p.m., with an afternoon performance to follow on Sunday, April 22, at 3 p.m. A preview performance, by invitation only, will be held on Wednesday, April 18, at 7:30 p.m.

Based on Alcott’s life, the story of “Little Women” follows the adventures of sisters, Jo, Meg, Beth, and Amy March, growing up in New England during the American Civil War, contending with career and relationship aspirations, experiencing tremendous joy, and suffering tragic loss.

“This award-winning musical by Alan Knee, Mindi Dickstein, and Jason Howland captures the beloved tale in a beautiful adaptation to the stage,” shared Adam Twiss, director of Theatre at Barton. “Barton’s outstanding cast, and creative, inspired direction and design will utilize the Kennedy Family Theatre in fresh ways to re-imagine the tale. Our intimate setting provides unparalleled story-telling opportunities, and we are seizing every one of them!”

This spring’s musical production is directed by Barton’s Sherry Lee Allen, with musical direction from Mark Peterson, and will feature seniors Micheala Howell as Marmee, Courtney Perez as Jo, with sophomores Jenna Sutton as Amy, Jamie Allen as Meg, and Ashlee Keefe as Beth to round out the March family. Additional student cast members include junior Stephen Foy as Laurie, sophomores Brianna Tenhet as Aunt March, and Savannah Wall as Mrs. Kirk, and Sierra Hill, Camille Tew, Callie Burnette, Erica Underwood, Julianna Wall, Synthandria Stockwell, Taylor Medlock as ensembles and understudies. Community and faculty members Tad Harrell, Zachery Rayburn, and Adam Twiss round out the cast.

The scenic and lighting design will be tackled by Barton’s newest addition to the theatre program, technical director Michael Dornemann, together with Barton Theatre students. Barton junior Olivia Mangum will be the stage manager. The costume designer will be Denise Shumaker.

Tickets are available at the door (or in advance at www.barton.edu/theatre). General admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors (65 and over), alumni, and military, and $6 for non-Barton students. Tickets are free for Barton College students, faculty, and staff with a valid Barton ID.

For additional information, please contact Adam Twiss, director of Theatre at Barton, at (252) 399-6484 or ajtwiss@barton.edu.

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