The novel Little Women by Louisa May Alcott has become a staple in American literature. The enticing story of four sisters growing up during the Civil War has made many movies, graphic novels, and plays- even a musical. And this year, our own RHS Drama department is taking on this legacy and presenting an adapted version of the book Little Women.
The story itself follows the main sister, Jo– meant to portray the author, Louisa May Alcott– and her sisters Meg, Beth, and Amy. Through tragedy and love, their growth is the central part of their story. The play itself is full of joy and life, and is bound to be adored by anyone who sees it.
Notably, Little Women will be the first drama performed live by RHS in a couple of years. Mrs. Blanchard, director of the play, mentions that she is “proud of [the actors’] hard work, dedication, and willingness to step out of their comfort zone. It’s not easy to be vulnerable on stage, but the actors are always willing to take advice and try new methods to develop their characters.” This play gives high-school-age actors the ability to be a part of a serious production, leaving more room for growth.
Any theatrical production takes a village, and this one is no different. From the teachers who are directing and supervising, to the actors, to the stage crew, so many people are involved in this show. Students have been taking charge behind the scenes as well, whether it be through light crew, run crew, or prop crew. “They needed to make decisions, lead their fellow students, and organize their responsibilities to ensure that the show runs smoothly,” say Mrs. Blanchard of the stage crew’s exemplary leadership during this fall play.
At its core, Little Women is a wholly relatable story about family, growth, and separation. It is an undeniably American artwork, and it is no doubt going to be wonderfully presented by our own faculty and students. It will be playing Friday, November 17, and Saturday, November 18 at 7:30 in the high school auditorium. Admission is 10 dollars a ticket. Don’t miss out on this, and support our actors and artists.
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