‘Little Women’ musical opens to nearly sold-out crowd

Antonio Brown a junior theater studies major plays as Laurie Laurence and Rebecca Rand a senior theater studies major plays as Jo March in “Little Women” on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017.

Kassandra Kaczmarek

Kent State’s E. Turner Stump Theatre transformed into the Civil War era Friday, as nearly 500 people came to witness the opening night of the musical “Little Women.” 

“This play is super special to me because it is about four sisters,” said Courtney Nelson, a junior theater studies major, who played Beth March. “I am actually the oldest of four sisters so I can relate. I love what it entails and it makes me appreciate it even more.”

Based off the novel by Louisa May Alcott, the play tells the story of the four March sisters, each with their own distinctive personalities — Jo, Amy, Meg and Beth. The coming-of-age story shows how the girls embark on the journey of self-discovery, hope, heartache and love.

“I haven’t connected to a piece as much as this one,” said Elizabeth Woodard, a senior theater studies major, who played Meg March. “I really wanted to be a part of it; it has stuck with me my whole life since I read it. I am happy to be able to help bring it to life.”

Act I starts off with the four girls who live with their mother and their struggle to maintain the household while their father is away fighting in the Civil War.

The lead character, Jo March, hoped to become a published writer and was determined to achieve her dream.

“It was really cool to see (the story) all come to life,” said Mikaela Ray, a sophomore theater studies major. “Jo balanced the feminine side and the fiery, passionate side very well.” 

The play runs through Nov. 12.

Kassandra Kaczmarek is an arts and entertainment reporter. Contact her at [email protected].