Pankow drama group premieres ‘Little Women’

 

Jacob Stocking ‘15

Reviews Editor

he best stories are the ones that are relevant years after their inception. “Little Women” is one of those stories.

“Little Women” is a musical based on the popular Louisa May Alcott novel of the same name. The 1868 novel concerns the lives of four sisters as they grow up in post-Civil War America.

There have been multiple adaptations of Little Women, including four films and two television series. The musical interpretation of the story began its life as a Broadway show in 2005, according to the show’s website. It has had multiple productions since. This upcoming show is being presented by the Pankow Performing Arts program and is being directed by performing arts teacher Kirk Erickson.

The lead character of “Little Women” is the tomboyish Jo March, the second oldest of the four sisters. Playing this part is Marisa Nahas ‘16, who is in her second year in the Performing Arts program.

“It’s my first lead role with Mr. Erickson, so I’m very excited,” said Nahas.

Nahas is not the only cast member ecstatic about working with Erickson.

“‘Funny Money’ (Erickson’s most recent show) was hilarious, and the reason I joined the program,” said Spencer Palm ‘14, whose first show with the PPA is “Little Women.”

Palm will be playing the part of Laurie, a friend of the March sisters.

The entire cast is excited to be working with each other, and many of them had read the book when they were younger.

“The cast is very talented and hardworking,” said director Erickson,”and I’m very excited for the show.”

Erickson also promises a unique stage setup and a strong emphasis on the actors’ singing abilities.

For the past five years, Erickson has been auditioning people for his Pankow English and acting class. Members of the class have the chance to become a member of Thespian Troupe 7494, giving them the opportunity to show off their skills at the State Thespian Festival, being held December 6 and 7 at Saginaw Valley State University.

“Little Women” is of course not the first production from the Performing Arts program. Shows in the past have included musicals such as “13” and “Flight of the Lawnchair Man,” as well as plays such as “The Boys Next Door,” “The Diviners,” and most recently, “Funny Money.”

“Little Women” opens on November 1 and 2 at 7:30 p.m, at the John R. Armstrong Performing Arts Center. Ticket cost is $5.

Pankow performing arts director Kirk Erickson helps students run their lines for “Little Women.”

Pankow performing arts director Kirk Erickson helps students run their lines for “Little Women.”