This summer, the students of the Neptune Theatre School will do something that has not happened in over a decade as they take to the larger Fountain Hall stage for their production of Little Women the Broadway Musical.
The production of Little Women the Broadway Musical, which opens on July 19th, has become a true symbol of struggle, joy and commitment for this entire team. – Laura Caswell
Usually performing at Neptune’s more intimate Scotiabank Stage, this year’s production of the musical based on Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel has graduated to the main stage thanks to a pandemic delay and a break in Fountain Hall’s schedule.
“Presenting a YPCo musical was something I was determined to do as [COVID-19] regulations began to lift,” says Laura Caswell, director of education and director and producer of the show. “And after so many hurdles we had a moment of almost feeling like giving up. But like the March family, I knew what we were creating was too important.”
Based on Louisa May Alcott’s life, Little Women follows the adventures of sisters Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March. Jo is trying to sell her stories for publication, but the publishers are not interested. After begrudgingly taking advice from a friend, Jo weaves the story of herself and her sisters and their experience growing up in Civil War America.
For student actor Jara Chisolm, who plays Clarissa in the show, being back on stage means being able to tell stories that reconnect us as we continue to recover from the pandemic. “All through the magic of theatre,” she says.
For co-stage manager and former YPCo company member Maddie Maitzen, it is exciting to see a new generation of young performers take the stage.
“Over the past two years our students have been training and honing their skills through online classes but haven’t had a chance to showcase their talents live and to feel the rewards of their hard work and dedication,” says Maitzen. “Little Women is based on themes of determination, dream chasing and family. It’s been amazing to see our young performers be invigorated by this story and connect with its message”.
“The production of Little Women the Broadway Musical, which opens on July 19th, has become a true symbol of struggle, joy and commitment for this entire team,” says Caswell
Little Women the Broadway Musical plays Neptune Theatre’s Fountain Hall (1593 Argyle St, Halifax) from July 19 through July 24, with a virtual stream of the production also being made available. Visit neptunetheatre.com for tickets and information.