Craig Cast and crew have begun the final week of rehearsals before the curtain opens on the high school spring play “Little Women” that explores timeless themes such as love, loss, work and family.
At a glance
What: “Little Women” a play by Roger Wheeler adapted from the stories of Louisa May Alcott.
7 p.m. March 16 and 17
2 and 7 p.m. March 18
Where: Moffat County High School auditorium, 900 Finley Lane
Cost: Tickets are $7
“I feel like the girls are just trying to find their way in life just like everyone else is,” said Reilly Gumber, senior and assistant to the director. “I think it’s a really great story and everyone has worked really hard to make it come to life.”
The play is based on stories written by Louisa May Alcott set in a simpler time over 150 years ago and tells the tale of the four March sisters as they move from childhood to adulthood.
“We are performing a version by Roger Wheeler which stays very true to the voice and intent of Louisa May Alcott,” said Grace Pomeleo, play director and Moffat County High School and Craig Middle School choral instructor.
The play will be performed at 7 p.m. March 16 and 17 and at 2 and 7 p.m. on March 18 in the MCHS auditorium. Tickets cost $7.
Senior Christa Bird, who plays main character Josephine "Jo" March, said audiences can expect great acting.
“It was a difficult play to put together. The language that we use is very different, but the same morals that these girls deal with are ones we deal with now… it’s pretty relatable,” Bird said.
One of the scenes that Bird relates with occurs between herself and junior Oliva Neece who plays the sisters’ mother, Margaret "Marmee" March.
“I talk with Marmee about my anger issues, and I remember sitting down and having the same conversations that I had with my mom,” Bird said.
It’s a scene that has caused Neece and Bird to grow closer.
“I think that scene really does expose the most vulnerable parts of the characters and us as people,” Neece said.
Choosing a play that would challenge her students and engage the audience was one of the goals for Pomeleo.
“Plays that explore the human spirit are my favorite because I think they provide many opportunities for the audience to relate. The lovable characters have inspired me throughout all stages of my life,” Pomeleo said.
The play offers a portrayal of American history.
“It really describes how life was back then. It wasn’t all fancy dresses… people should see it and understand what life was like and the hardships they went through,” said sophomore Mackenzie Hanson who plays the youngest March sister, Amy.
Similar to the emotional bonds within the March family, the crew of the play has been working hard to provide the set, lighting, sound and props that bring the show together.
“If you take away one part, nothing would happen,” said Gumber when describing the importance of the crew.
Students hope the community will join them for a performance.
“We have worked for months, and it really means a lot when they show us that they care about what we are doing,” Neece said.
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