Jo March thinks about what might be happening on the battlefield as she writes a letter to go to the front. (Lexi Bainas/Courier).

Musical ‘Little Women’ brings home all the warmth of this winsome favourite

Follow the stories of the four March sisters as they grow from girls to ‘Little Women’

Winsome performances from a strong cast highlight the Chemainus Theatre Festival’s production of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, onstage until Dec. 30.

With script and lyrics by the festival’s artistic director, Mark DuMez, and music and lyrics by Jim Hodgkinson, this is a musical presentation of a classic story. And it’s timed to perfectly fit in with your holiday season plans.

There’s lots of music in this presentation, both to accompany the girls, and to move the story along, and composer Jim Hodgkinson is onstage at the piano with Brendan Millbank accompanying him on the cello.

Many of your favourite scenes from Alcott’s books are included, and three that we found particularly memorable are: The Pickwick Club, Camp Laurence, and Jo Flogging Her Book in New York. Watch for them; you’ll love them all.

Restless Jo March (Karyn Mott) carries much of the story but her sisters Meg (Valley favourite Samantha Currie) and Beth (Georgia Bennett) are also vital parts of this warm and loving family.

One real highlight of this show is the crisp diction from the actors. It’s not always easy to get the words out in musicals but you can hear it all in Little Women: an extra bonus that helps everyone follow the story line.

And while we’re on the subject of singing, it’s all good with this crowd onstage, but in that department, Bennett really stood out as Beth, despite being cast in one of the quieter parts.

The Chemainus costume crew, under Jessica Oostergo, pushed the boat out for this production, using careful change in dress to show years passing by, but they really go to town in Promenade Des Anglais, a colourful number that follows Laurie and Amy’s travels in Europe.

While several of the cast are making a welcome return in this show, Julien Galipeau (Laurie Lawrence) and Kaitlyn Yott (Amy March) are new to the theatre and make a delightful young couple who finally find each other after tragedy descends on the March family.

But when they return for a happy Christmas homecoming, they find that life goes on and still is sweet and surprising: just like this show.

Order your tickets today at chemainustheatre.ca or call 1-800-565-7738 but get on it right away because favourite days will be gone before you know it.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

39 caught speeding through Cowichan school zones

On June 1, North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP conducted speed enforcement in several school zones

Lake Cowichan firefighters douse blaze at Mayo Road

Sahtlam called in for mutual aid in abandoned shop and motorhome

Caps send Luciano Wilson to Penticton Vees

Hometown hero led Cowichan in scoring last season

Considerations made to keep Crofton drive-by birthday celebrations going

Trucks will tone it down or not use horns at all to bring some joy to kids and older folks

$10,000 stolen bikes recovered after Maple Bay break-in

Police track high-end bikes to storage locker

B.C. records four new COVID-19 cases, Abbotsford hospital outbreak cleared

Four senior home outbreaks also declared over, eight still active

Facing changes together: Your community, your journalists

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world in ways that would have… Continue reading

RCMP, coroner investigate murder-suicide on Salt Spring Island

Two dead, police say there is no risk to the public

About 30% of B.C. students return to schools as in-class teaching restarts amid pandemic

Education minister noted that in-class instruction remains optional

Trudeau avoids questions about anti-racism protesters dispersed for Trump photo-op

Prime minister says racism is an issue Canadians must tackle at home, too

B.C.’s Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics goes virtual

The annual event partnering RCMP with Special Olympians is dramatically altered by COVID-19

Vancouver Island school principal mourns family killed during US protests

Jelks says he’s grateful for the outpouring of support from the community in the wake of this tragedy

Bateman program encourages people to sketch outside, connect with nature

#MyNatureSketch initiative encourages Canadians to become ‘bright-eyed three year olds’

Be cautious expanding COVID-19 bubble, Dr. Bonnie Henry tells B.C.

Senior homes stay off-limits as schools, businesses reopen

Most Read