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UW-Eau Claire Theatre for Young Audiences to Present 'Little Women: Meg, Jo, Beth & Amy'

RELEASED: Nov. 17, 2005

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Theatre for Young Audiences will present "Little Women: Meg, Jo, Beth & Amy," an adaptation based on the first volume of Louisa May Alcott's classic novel, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 1-3 and 7-10, in the Kjer Theatre. A matinee is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, and school performances will be presented at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 1, 6, and 8.

In this sprightly adaptation by Sandra Fenichel Asher, directed by Cheryl Starr, associate professor of theatre arts and director of the UW-Eau Claire Theatre for Young Audiences, special attention is given to the imaginative play of the young characters. The Pittsburgh Post Gazette wrote "… a charming and intelligent adaptation … breathes new life into Louisa May Alcott's beloved story … remarkably faithful to the text."

The March sisters are portrayed by junior Abbie Williams, Roberts/Hammond, as Jo; sophomore Sarah Lanners, St. Paul Park, Minn., as Meg; senior Ashley Jo Smith, Lone Rock/Spring Green, as Beth; and senior Kelly Burau, Victoria, Minn., as Amy. Freshman Nicole Crosbie, Lakeville, Minn., plays Marmee, and freshman Jacob Lindgren, Fall Creek, plays Mr. March. Junior Meghan Hopper, Waukesha, is family servant Hannah, and sophomore Michelle Meulemans, Kaukauna, plays Aunt March.

Family friend Laurie is played by junior Andrew Christianson, La Crosse; Mr. Laurence is played by senior Anthony Frick, Darlington; and Laurie's tutor, John Brooke, is played by senior Eric Garfield, Marshfield.

Family friends and neighbors are portrayed by senior Sara Olson, Mukwonago, as Sallie Gardiner; sophomore Mary Lee Peterson, Barneveld, as Annie Moffat; and freshman Kaysee Schmidt, Ledger/Balsam Lake, as Kitty Bryant.

Laurie's friends from England are sophomore Joshua Lang, Milwaukee, as Fred; junior John Harrigan, Coon Rapids, Minn., as Ned; freshman Sheena Thompson, River Falls, as Franny; freshman Sarah Meddaugh, Madison, as Kate; and sophomore Brittania Erickson, Eau Claire, as Grace.

Junior Mike Evano, Minneapolis, Minn., is the assistant director/stage manager. Scenic design and lighting design are by two UW-Eau Claire alumni, Brian Benson and Beth Janetski, respectively. Sound design is by Art Gulig and junior Ben Seidman, Shorewood, and costume design is by Heidi O'Hare. Senior Jennifer Aldridge, Eau Claire, is doing hair and make-up. Junior Jason Vogt, Verona, is the properties master, assisted by senior Jason Fehlen, Osceola.

Tickets, available at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727 or (800) 949-UWEC, are $9 for the general public; $7 for those 62 and older; $6 for youth 17 and younger and faculty and staff with a university ID; and $5 for students with a university ID.

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