Notre Dame High School

07 November 2018

Notre Dame to present Little Women the Musical to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Louisa May Alcott novel.

Notre Dame High School’s Director of the Performing Arts Conservatory Jason A. Young cordially invites audiences to attend a performance of Little Women the Musical on November 16-18, 2018, at Liberty High School in Clarksburg, WV.

Little Women the Musical is an enduring classic that captures the essence of what it was like growing up in Civil War America. It is based on the life of Louisa May Alcott and the adventures of her sisters and their beautiful journey together. This stage adaptation is full of rich melodies and true human emotion that will bring laughter and tears. Little Women the Musical is a story for the whole family to treasure.

“We couldn’t be more excited about this production,” said Young. “The novel is an iconic piece of American literature, and since 2018 is the 50th anniversary of its publication, and since we feel like this musical features our talented student body in a great way, there was really no other show on our list this year.”

Audiences will have their first opportunity to see the show on Friday, November 16 at 7:00p.m. in the Liberty High School auditorium.All tickets are $10, and reservations can be made by emailing notredamehstheatre@gmail.com. Walk-up tickets will be available.

The show will also be performed on Saturday, November 17 at 7:00p.m. and Sunday, November 18 at 2:00p.m.

“We are excited to be at Liberty High School,” said Young. “It’s a nice venue and will suit our needs very well. Plus with our affordable ticket price, we hope to bring in an audience of families, multiple generations enjoying the show together.”

With Direction by Young, Music Direction by Sarah Nale, Choreography by Sarah Young, Technical Direction by David Byard, and Costume Design by Trina Byard, the cast includes students from Notre Dame Middle School and Notre Dame High School led by freshman MarynSeamon as Jo March.

Nicole Schumacher will play Jo’s older sister Meg with McKenzie Fittro as Beth and Mary Claire Palmer as Amy. Ben Long plays Laurie, Zachary Davis plays Professor Bhaer, Will Behrens plays Mr. Brooke, and Gray Cann will appear as Aunt March with Sophia DeMary as Mrs. Kirk.

Audiences will also see Hannah Gowarty, Lucy Ruble Osborne, Zyla Lanham, Carmella Lilly, Erin Frosch, Mary Korn, and Stephanie Santilli as characters in Jo’s stories.

“This cast is small but mighty,” said Young. “We do not have a student older than 10th grade. But don’t let that give anyone pause; these young actors will blow your hair back.”

Joining the Notre Dame students on stage will be two adult special guests. Sarah Nale, the show’s musical director, will also be seen as Marmee, the mother of the four March sisters, and Gabe Rhodes will be seen as Mr. Laurence.

“It is a tremendous opportunity for these young students to share the stage with two adults with the experience, the demeanor, and the passion for arts education that these two have,” said Young. “These two adults are not only making our production better but also making our students better as well.”