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North Fork Community Theatre Presenting Musical Version Of "Little Women"

Nicole Barylski

Marmee reads her girls a letter from father. (From left: Brianna Kinnier, Jennifer Brounstein, Ellie Eichenlaub, Lauren Sisson, Skylar Wowak) (Photo: Elizabeth Wagner)

Little Women the Musical, based on Louisa May Alcott's iconic novel, will launch North Fork Community Theatre's (NFCT) 2019/2020 season.

"One hundred and fifty years after Louisa May Alcott first published her novel, the themes of this classic are still relevant, still poignant," Jessica Raven, Director/Choreographer, noted.

Set in the 1860s, in New England, Little Women revolves around the March sisters, Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy, who despite their differences, stick by each other's sides during challenging times and refuse to follow convention as they forge their own paths.

"Yes, this show is about finding your own way and refusing to accept the boundaries society lays out for you, but above all else, it is about love in many forms," Raven relayed.

Little Women the Musical will debut at the newly renovated North Fork Community Theatre in Mattituck on Thursday, October 10.

"Little Women is not a book I ever thought I wanted to see as a musical... until I saw the musical," Liz Liszanckie, Producer, revealed. "The beautiful music not only enhances the timeless characters but becomes a beloved part of the show, almost like a long-lost sister."

The cast will feature Brianna Kinnier as Jo March; Jennifer Brounstein as Meg March; Ellie Eichenlaub as Beth March; Skylar Wowak as Amy March; Lauren Sisson as Marmee March; Robert Fischetti as Laurie Laurence; Colin Palmer as Professor Bhaer; Marion Stark as Aunt March; Stuart Whalen as Mr. Laurence; Eric Momente as Mr. John Brooke; and Susan Hedges as Mrs. Kirk.

"It's so nice to be creating a character - Marmee - from a book that I read and loved as a teenager," Lauren Sisson shared. "At that time I related to the daughters, but now I see it from their mother's perspective. I think Jessica has done a beautiful job of going straight to the heart of this story and its characters."

Little Women has been adapted for the stage and big screen several times, with the most recent written and directed by Greta Gerwig. The film, which stars Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlen, Timothée Chalamet, Laura Dern, and Meryl Streep, is expected to be release on December 25, 2019.

NFCT's Little Women the Musical will run through Sunday, October 27, with performances on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m.

NFCT's iteration will feature music by Jason Howland, lyrics by Mindi Dickstein, and book by Allan Knee. Musical direction will be provided by Karen Hochstedler, with costume design from Deanna Andes, and set design from Rowland Hautsch.

A free pre-show reception, sponsored by The Village Cheese Shop, will be held in support of Community Action Southold Town on Thursday, October 17 at 7 p.m. Theater-goers are asked to bring nonperishable food, such as canned goods, rice, beans, peanut butter, cereal, and pasta, or personal care, baby and household items that will be distributed to those in need through Community Action Southold Town.

Little Women the Musical tickets are $25. Student rush admission is $20, if seats are available 10 minutes before curtain.

The North Fork Community Theatre is located at 12700 Sound Avenue in Mattituck. For more information, call 631-298-6328 or visit www.nfct.com.

Nicole is the Editor-in-Chief of Hamptons.com where she focuses on lifestyle, nightlife, and mixology. She grew up in the Hamptons and currently resides in Water Mill. www.hamptons.com NicoleBarylski NicoleBarylski

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