‘Little Women’ by Louis May Alcott, adapted by Emma Reeves and directed by Vara Williams

little women

Reading and audition dates announced!

Performance dates: 29 November – 6 December

Reading: this coming Friday, 5 September at 7.45pm
Open auditions: Sunday 7 & Monday 8 September at 7.45pm
(See list of parts below)

For our December show we have chosen the timeless and enduring classic, Little Women. Set during the American Civil war, Emma Reeves’ adaptation remains faithful to the spirit of author, Louisa May Alcott’s, original book.

A firm family favourite, the story centres around the four March sisters: Meg, the romantic one, Jo, the high-spirited tomboy, Amy, the self-centred beauty and Beth, who is shy and gentle. Together they share the joys and pains of growing up and behave just as you would expect sisters to behave – loyal, fun and often squabbling.

NB: Newcomers welcome to the reading and open auditions, especially young women aged 16 and above, who are interested in auditioning for the parts of the four March sisters. Just turn up and enter via the stage door.

There are parts for six girls and three boys who are over 16. The four March sisters and “Laurie” are major roles and there are smaller but interesting characters as well. The time stretches over 10 years so most parts involve playing older or younger than their real age (or both). There are songs in the play, ideally, but not necessarily sung by the cast. All roles except Fred (who is English) will need to learn an American accent.

Rehearsals will be throughout October and November and may involve three nights a week, so need this time commitment – for those at college or university, please make sure you’re not involved in exams at the time! Just come to one of the two auditions or if you are interested but cannot make these dates, please contact Vara (director) who also has scripts. Tel. 01962 889356 Emailvarawill@uuwclub.net

The parts are:

Jo March Aged 15 to 20s, initially a tomboy who matures into a strong young woman with ambitions to write Mrs March Mother, 35-45

Meg March
The oldest of the four, 16-20s, warm and sensible but would welcome more money to enjoy life
Aunt March
40s-60s

Beth March
13-20s quiet, shy, delicate
Aunt Carol
40s to 60s

Amy March
12-20s, small, pretty, the baby of the family
John Brooke
Late 20s

“Laurie”
Theodore Laurence
A rich young man, the “boy next door”
Professor Bhaer
Around 40

Sallie Gardiner
Age similar to Meg. Well-to-do, flirty
Ned Moffat
Belle’s dull brother

Belle Moffat
Friend of Sallie, a society beauty
Fred Vaughan
English acquaintance of Sallie

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About Chesil Theatre

The Chesil Theatre is home to Winchester Dramatic Society, one of the best amateur theatre groups in Hampshire. It is located in a beautiful and atmospheric12th century church that has been turned into fabulous performing area. The Chesil stages sx productions a year - tragedies, comedies, well-loved classics and exciting new works. See more at www.chesiltheatre.org.
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