By Lori Dugan
THATCHER — Eastern Arizona College’s Theatre Arts Department is proud to produce Little Women, adapted by Peter Clapham and directed by EAC adjunct associate professor, Elizabeth Henley. Little Women is the cherished story of the March sisters – Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy – as they come of age and face life’s burdens together through the powers of sisterhood, family, and friendship over the course of one turbulent year in their lives.
“It reminds me of my own sisters and how, even though we fight, at the end of the day, we still love each other,” said Bethany Webb, who acts as Amy March in the play.
After much convincing from her editor, Louisa May Alcott, author of the Little Women novel, first wrote the story in 1868 about four sisters, who were loosely based on her own family. The story was an instant hit and continues to delight readers and viewers of its many film adaptations today. Fans root for Jo to succeed as a writer, cringe when Amy burns Jo’s stories, hold their breath when Beth falls ill and cheer for Meg’s engagement.
“It was always a part of my childhood,”said Elizabeth Dannenbrink, who plays the character of Jo. “I didn’t have a choice on whether or not I liked it, I just did,”
“This story will always have a special place in my heart,” said Shelby Hanks, who plays Beth,
This production features set designs by William H. Nidiffer, EAC associate professor of Theatre Design and Production; costume designs by Timilee McNair, EAC Fine Arts costumer; lighting designs by Jace Webb and stage management by Devon Tyrrell and Dillin Smith. The talented cast also includes Myreli Alvarado, Gavin Bell, Darcy Cochran, Brad Crum, Elizabeth Dannenbrink, Sarah DeHaven, Cody Foreé, Shelby Hanks, Ian Mortensen, Talia Thurber and Bethany Webb.
Little Women will be performed in the Theater in South Campus Classroom #3 on March 1 – 4, at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee performance March 4, at 2 p.m. General admission is $5 per person and full-time EAC students will be admitted free with a valid student ID. Tickets can be purchased at the door before each performance or by calling Eastern Arizona College’s Ticket Office at (928) 428-8228. Advanced reservations are recommended as seating for this production is very limited. EAC is delighted to bring this time-honored story to its audiences here in the Gila Valley.