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'Little Women' draws curtain on NCHS Theatre season

Updated 10:58 am, Wednesday, May 28, 2014
  • In a scene from New Canaan High School Theatre's production of "Little Women" are Marmee (played by Emily Chalon), center, who reads a letter to her daughters from her husband who is away at war. Kneeling, from left, are Jo (Annie Ludtke), Meg (Elizabeth Koennecke), Beth (Nancy Leville) and Amy (Nina Larson). Photo: Contributed Photo, Contributed / New Canaan News Contributed
    In a scene from New Canaan High School Theatre's production of "Little Women" are Marmee (played by Emily Chalon), center, who reads a letter to her daughters from her husband who is away at war. Kneeling, from left, are Jo (Annie Ludtke), Meg (Elizabeth Koennecke), Beth (Nancy Leville) and Amy (Nina Larson). Photo: Contributed Photo, Contributed

 

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The New Canaan High School Theatre is ready to present the final show of the season, the musical "Little Women," which opens Friday, May 30, at 7:30 p.m., with two shows at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 31.

The show is centered around the March family, living in Concorde, Mass., during the 1860s. With a father away as a chaplain in the Civil War, four sisters and their mother live through the hardships of life during wartime, and yet share many moments of laughter and love, and the development of romances, as the sisters become of age.

The central character is Jo March, played by Annie Ludtke, the second oldest of the girls, a strong-willed young woman and a bit of a tomboy who has a love of writing, and in fact, pens the book "Little Women" in the story. She has a romantic interest in the boy next door, Laurie, played by Jacob Freedgood, who lives with his grandfather, Mr. Lawrence, played by Shaan Appel. However, a German professor named Bhaer, played by Devon Appel, eventually wins her heart.

Meg, played by Elizabeth Koennecke, is the oldest sister, a beauty who strives to be a proper lady and eventually marries John Brooke, played by Daniel Klingenstein, Laurie's tutor. Next in line is Beth, played by Nancy Leville, who is the most selfless and loving of the sisters. The youngest sister is Amy, played by Nina Larson, who becomes part of high society through the connections of Great-aunt March, played by Maddie Dijs, who is rich and strong willed.

But the real strength in the family comes from the girls' mother, Marmee, played by Emily Chalon.

Sponsors for the show include Ameriprise; April Kaynor Realty; B.T. Bowler & Associates; Classic Deluxe Cleaners; Garden Catering; Karl Chevrolet; New Canaan Dance Academy; New Canaan Diner; Parker Ear, Nose & Throat; Performing Arts Conservatory of New Canaan; The Studio and Walter Stewart's Market.

Tickets are $15 and $18 and can be purchased by visiting newcanaanhighschooltheatre.com and one hour prior to show time.