Little Women, the Broadway Musical based on the beloved classic novel by Louisa May Alcott will play in PCPA’s Marian Theatre February 16 – March 11 and the Solvang Festival Theater June 14 – July 1, 2012 under the Direction of Roger DeLaurier, with Choreography by Michael Jenkinson and Musical Direction by Callum Morris.

With book by Allan Knee, music by Jason Howland and lyrics by Mindi Dickstein, Little Women, the Broadway Musical, follows the adventures of Jo, Meg, Beth, and Amy March as they grow up in Civil War America. Jo longs to publish a novel. Meg longs for a fiancé. Beth longs for a piano. Amy longs to be admired. This timeless tale has been given new life as an exhilarating new musical filled with glorious song, dance, and a few tears. It celebrates personal discovery and coming of age in a time of challenge and transformation.

PCPA’s Artistic Director Mark Booher said, “I’m very happy to be able to bring this lovely musical adaptation of a beloved literary classic to our audiences. It’s grounded in Louisa May Alcott’s tremendous writing and is brimming with the life of a new musical, which is so appropriate to the story of the March girls and their journey as a family through travail and triumph.”

The cast features Karin Hendricks (Pride and Prejudice) as Jo March, Andrew Philpot (The 39 Steps) as Professor Bhaer, Sarah Girard (West Side Story) as Meg March, Elizabeth Stuart (A Christmas Carol) as Marmee March, and Michael Tremblay (Caroline, or Change) as Mr. Laurence.

The production team includes Scenic Designer DeAnne Kennedy, Costume Designer Judy Ryerson, Lighting Designer Jennifer ‘Z’ Zornow, Sound Designer Elisabeth Rebel, and Stage Manager Christine Collins.

Louisa May Alcott was a prolific writer producing more than two hundred stories, sketches, poems, and serials. According to the New York Public Library, Little Women was first published in two volumes (1868 and 1869). It was later published in one combined novel in 1880 and has never been out of print. Alcott followed up the popular story with two sequels, Little Men (1871) and Jo’s Boys (1886). In the mid-1970s Alcott’s anonymous thrillers were rediscovered by Madeleine B. Stern and published under the title, Behind a Mask. The works revealed a far more complex Alcott than previously presumed. Little Women has been adapted numerous times for TV, film, and the stage and an operatic version was recorded in 2000.

Single Tickets: call the box office – (805) 922-8313 – between 12:30 and 7pm Wednesday through Sunday, or visit www.pcpa.org.

Group Sales: for 12 or more patrons may be obtained by contacting kstegall@pcpa.org or by calling 1-800-PCPA-123.

Subscription Packages: For the best seating, lowest prices, and exclusive privileges, become a season ticket holder. Start with as few as 4 plays, or see all 8 throughout the season for the ultimate theatre experience. Call the box office to receive a subscription brochure or email: boxoffice@pcpa.org.

VIP Membership: For $20.00 a month, VIP Members are entitled to attend all mainstage productions as well as the ability to purchase additional rush tickets for $10 on day of performance ($11 in Solvang). VIP Members also receive invitations to special design presentations, student sharings and other events. Visit www.pcpa.org/vip for all the details.
(7-8-play subscribers receive all the VIP Membership privileges too).

Just the facts… Santa Maria Performances
What: Little Women, the Broadway Musical
When: February 16 – March 11, 2012
Where: Marian Theatre
800 S. College, Santa Maria
GPS – enter 1100 S. Bradley, Santa Maria, CA 93454
Times: 1:30 – Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday
7pm – Friday and Saturday, and Thursday, February 16.
Tickets: $28.00 – $30.00 for adults with discounts for Children, Students, Seniors,
and preview performances on February 16 and 17.
Box Office: (805) 922-8313
Internet: www.pcpa.org
Just the facts… Solvang Performances
What: Little Women, the Broadway Musical
When: June 14 – July 1, 2012
Where: Solvang Festival Theater
420 2nd St., Solvang
Times: 8pm Wednesday – Sunday & Tuesday June 26
Tickets: $31.00 – $35.00 for adults with discounts for Children, Students, Seniors,
and preview performances on June 14 and 15.
Box Office: (805) 922-8313
Internet: www.pcpa.org
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