A TIMELESS classic will be lifted from the page to the stage this November.
Adapted by Peter Clapham from Louisa May Alcott’s famous novel, Little Women is being presented by ARENAarts and directed by Christine Ellis at the Roxy Lane Theatre.
The story follows the lives of the four March sisters – Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy – as they grow up happily together while battling poverty and wait for news of their father in the American Civil War.
Loosely based on the author and her three sisters as they passed from childhood into womanhood, the stage version keeps close to the original storyline.
“It’s a delightful family classic highlighting the strength and enduring quality of four lovely young women and their family and friends,” Ellis said.
“My main challenge is squeezing the cast of 11 on stage at the same time, along with furniture and a piano.
“The actors are also playing live music on stage during the show.”
Acting for more than 45 years and directing for 30, Ellis has worked with the Old Mill, Stirling and KADS Theatres and ARENAarts, where she is currently artistic director.
She has won numerous awards over the years at the Hills Festival of Theatre, Youthfest, Mandurah One-Act Play Festival and Blak Yak Theatre’s 24-hour stage project.
Most recently, Ellis directed Bitten which was named best youth comedy at the Hills Festival of Theatre and also scored several acting awards.
“I have directed Little Women once before and thought it would be a lovely show to bring to the Roxy Lane Theatre to give the audience a real taste of culture and entertainment,” she said.
“I have worked with young actors for more than 20 years and know the strength of talent we have in Perth at the moment, so I wanted to showcase this in an end-of-year show.”
Little Women plays at 8pm November 15, 16, 22, 23, 28, 29 and 30 with 2pm matinees November 17 and 24. Tickets are $22, $16 concession – book at www.TAZTix.com.au or call TAZTix on 9255 3336.
The Roxy Lane Theatre is at 55 Ninth Avenue (corner Roxy Lane), Maylands.
LW1&2: Little Women features Evie Madeleine, left, Steph Hickey, Annabelle Eirth and Bella Freeman as Amy, Jo, Meg and Beth.
LW3: Mr March (Justin Markham, third from left) and Marmee (Jenny Smith) with their daughters Amy (Evie Madeleine), Jo (Steph Hickey), Meg (Annabelle Eirth) and Beth (Bella Freeman).
LW4: Steph Hickey, left, Justin Markham, Jenny Smith and Annabelle Eirth, at back, Evie Madeleine and Bella Freeman, at front, are appearing in Little Women.
ARENAarts is an independent, West Australian, not-for-profit arts organisation producing and supporting such projects as professional co-op shows and community theatre, as well as theatre-for-schools productions.
Our work includes such things as Wyrd Sisters, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Santa's Space Christmas, Doctor Who: Hellblossom, Northanger Abbey and The Storykeeper.
We aim to provide creative opportunities in the arts to encourage the growth of local, grassroots arts projects and to create works to reach new and existing audiences.
Since 1988, we have produced more than 155 arts projects, which have had more than 4300 performances for an audience in excess of 1 million.
ARENAarts community theatre productions are completely run by volunteers, from the actors to the director, as well as everyone involved behind the scenes. The productions are held at a variety of venues all across the Perth metropolitan area. They are tremendous fun and a great way to learn skills and make friends. Great for those just starting out in the industry as well as seasoned performers.
ARENAarts co-op productions are the perfect opportunity for anyone wishing to put on a professional production but are in need of funding, set and props and/or mentorship.
ARENAarts theatre-for-schools program offers touring educational productions that cater for junior to upper primary children. Productions include the very successful The Storykeeper which has been performed for more than 20 years.
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