“I want to do something splendid. . . something heroic or wonderful that won’t be forgotten after I’m dead. I don’t know what, but I’m on the watch for it and mean to astonish you all someday.” -Jo March
Looking for some great and meaningful family-friendly entertainment as we muddle through the pandemic? From Far From The Tree Productions comes LITTLE WOMEN: An Audio Play by Louisa May Alcott adapted by Joelle Wyminga. It debuts on November 14 with new episodes every Saturday until December 19th. It is available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, YouTube, and all other podcasting platforms.
“The theatre community has been hit hard by the current pandemic, and here at Far From The Tree, we have been hard at work finding ways to adapt, innovate, and continue creating,” said Joelle Wyminga, Executive Director and longtime Alcott fan. “The fruits of our labor have come together in the form of a new audio play adaptation of Little Women. It’s a way to keep the arts alive in the midst of the pandemic.”
The play, according to Wyminga, “follows the lives, loves, and losses of four sisters living during the American Civil War, Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel remains a relatable reflection on the grand adventure that is growing up. Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy face trials, joys, embarrassments, and heartaches as they each wrestle for the freedom to carve out their own unique place within a world full of expectations. “
Here is the trailer:
Wyminga describes the play in detail:
“What do our dreams look like when we grow up? As the American Civil War rages, four daughters of an army chaplain, Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March, befriend the boy next door, and together they wrestle through the great peaks and valleys that come with growing up in a time when expectations are exacting, and roles are rigid. Under the eye of their audaciously indulgent mother, the March girls and Laurie play, fight, dream, tell stories, singe their hair, fall in love, break hearts, and mourn great losses, each attempting to establish their own unique definition of contentment and freedom in spite of society’s limitations.
Far From The Tree Productions is thrilled to present this enduring classic just in time for the winter holidays; at its heart, a story about family, both born and chosen, at a time many either spend time with or feel the absence of family. Actor Kirsty Provan explains that ‘Little Women is a story of fierce grace. . . even in the midst of war and illness and hunger and poverty, that four sisters with nothing to their name can change the world around them simply by extending arms and hearts to the community around them.’
Little Women is driven by its incredibly hopeful, flawed, and at times frighteningly relatable cast of characters. Kerri Norris, who plays Marmee, posits, ‘This used to be a book that was taught to everyone but changing social viewpoints eventually labeled it as a ‘girl’s’ book. But everyone can find someone they can relate to.’ Though readers come from all backgrounds, most know intimately the messiness of young adulthood and the heartbreak of unrealized dreams. But, if Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy, and Laurie are any indication, Alcott would have us remember that sometimes our happy ending looks far different than we ever could have expected.”
Coming up next week:
Interviews with the actors about their love of Little Women, plus audio clips from the play!
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