THE STAGE CLUB
adapted from the classic literature writings of Louis M Alcott.
Adapted and Directed by Anna Vardy
Little Women is the story of the March family: a family used to hard toil and suffering. Although Mr March is away as a chaplain in the Civil War, the sisters Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy try to keep in high spirits with their mother, affectionately named Marmee. Despite their efforts to be good, the girls show faults: the pretty Meg becomes discontented with the children she teaches; boyish Jo loses her temper regularly; while the golden-haired schoolgirl Amy is inclined towards affectation. However, Beth, who keeps the house, is always kind and gentle. After certain happy times winning over the Laurences next door, dark times arrive as Marmee finds out about her husband’s illness. Worse is to come as Beth contracts scarlet fever in her efforts to help a sick neighbour. The story tells of their progress into young womanhood with the additional strains of romance, Beth’s terminal illness, the pressures of marriage and the outside world. In the March household, we share in the hopes and dreams, trials and tribulations of the four girls and their friends and family over several years.