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Pictured: Tessa Dettman
Brown Paper Box Co. has announced the cast and design team for LITTLE WOMEN THE MUSICAL, with music by Jason Howland, lyrics by Mindi Dickstein, and book by Allan Knee.
Co-directed by artistic associate Stephanie Rohr & co-founder M. William Panek, the production features Tessa Dettman (Jo March), Sarah Ford (Beth March), Kim Green (Amy March), Jenny Rudnick (Aunt March/Mrs. Kirk), Andi Sharavsky (Meg March), Denise Tamburrino (Marmee), Dwayne Everett (John Brooke), Matthew Fayfer (Professor Bhaer), Will Kazda (Laurie), and Ken Rubenstein (Mr. Laurence).
The production team includes Kaitlyn Guerrieri (box office manager), Jenna Schoppe (choreographer), Kristi Szczepanek (dramaturg), T.J. Anderson (co-music director), Zach Dries (photographer), Justin Harner (co-music director), Jeremy Hollis (scenic designer and production manager), and Charlie Sheets (graphic designer).
Celebrating its 150th year since publication, and based Louisa May Alcott’s life, LITTLE WOMEN follows the adventures of Jo, Meg, Beth, and Amy March. Jo is trying to sell her stories for publication, but the publishers are not interested. Her friend, Professor Bhaer, tells her that she has to write more from her own point of view and life experience. Begrudgingly taking this advice, Jo weaves the story of her sisters and their experiences growing up in Concord, Massachusetts during the American Civil War.
“We are putting together a true Chicago-storefront style production of LITTLE WOMEN, complete with a team of strong actor/singers who can carry the emotional weight of this classic story,” says Rohr. “We especially want to focus on the feminist themes – not just as they relate the Jo, but to all of the strong women she encounters.”
LITTLE WOMEN THE MUSICAL runs January 11 – February 9. For more information visit BrownPaperBox.org.