Music and dance are brought to the classic story of Little Women by Louisa May Alcott in a production now running at the Wilton Playshop. Stories of the March sisters–Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy–and their beloved Marmee, growing up in Concord, MA and awaiting the return of their father from the Civil War, are interspersed with recreations of Jo’s operatic tragedies.
The Wilton Playshop production is directed by Lauren Nicole Sherwood, who returns to The Playshop after her wonderful performance and choreography in last year’s The Drowsy Chaperone. The show’s musical director is Michael Andrew Cooney, who is making his debut at the Playshop after musical direction of Spamalot at Stamford’s Curtain Call.
The cast features the finest in local talent, including three from Wilton: Rachel Strazza as Beth, Dan Bayer as Professor Bhaer, and Stephen Jones as John Brooke.
The Wilton Playshop is known not only for providing quality entertainment, but also for extraordinary production values as well. Little Women is no exception, featuring lighting by Rodney Van Deusen III and sets with trap doors, sliding walls and flying chandeliers designed by David Cunningham. Plain wood is transformed into silk wall paper, lit fireplaces and mahogany with the paint skills of Wilton’s Gini Frank Fischer.
Little Women opened on Feb. 28, and shows run through March 15. Tickets are $30 for adults and $25 for students and seniors. The Playshop is pleased to announce its new “Thrifty Thursday” program–tickets for Thursday night shows are $25 for adults and $20 for students and seniors. The Playshop is located at 15 Lovers Lane; to learn more and purchase tickets, visit their website at www.wiltonplayshop.org.