Michelle Possin, playing Jo March, rehearses a scene from Riverland’s “Little Women,” with Taigo Ferreira, who plays Professor Bhaer. -- Eric Johnson/photodesk@austindailyherald.com
Michelle Possin, playing Jo March, rehearses a scene from Riverland’s “Little Women,” with Taigo Ferreira, who plays Professor Bhaer. --
Eric Johnson/photodesk@austindailyherald.com

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Riverland to visit the Civil War with ‘Little Women’

Published 10:31am Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Riverland Community College Theatre and Music departments present the new musical version of a classic story.

“Little Women” starts April 25 at 7:30 p.m. The musical continues April 26, 27, May 2, 3, 4 at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee May 5 at 2 p.m. All performances are at the Frank W. Bridges Theatre on the Austin Campus.

With music by Jason Howland, lyrics but Mindi Dickstein and book by Allan Knee, Little Women is a modern theatrical adaptation of the classic novel by Louisa May Alcott. “Little Women” follows the adventures of Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March as they grow up in Civil War America. The musical is appropriate for all ages.

Riverland Director Lindsey Duoos Williams directs and choreographs the musical, with Laurie Helmers as director.

“One of the things that appealed to me most about this show is that it is a fresh, contemporary take on this classic story,” Williams said. “It’s still the ‘Little Women’ we all know and love, so fans of the novel and its many previous adaptations won’t be disappointed. The music, however, has a contemporary Broadway feel that makes it relatable to today’s audiences.”

“This show has been particularly fun to rehearse because the cast has had to learn about the societal customs of the 1860s,” Williams said. “We’re trying to make the show as historically accurate as possible, right down to the dances they do and the undergarments they wear! The women in our cast have all had to get used to moving in hoop skirts. I think they all have gained a new appreciation for the way we dress today!”

Individual tickets to Little Women are $15 at the Riverland Box Office. Riverland students receive two free tickets to each performance with a valid student ID. Contact the box office at 507-433-0595 or by emailing boxoffice@riverland.edu.


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