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Song-filled adaptation: ACT II’s ‘Little Women’ a captivating show

By Cecilia Newsome
Special to the Times-News


From left to right: Sydney Pereira; Veronica Newsome; Morgan Smith; and Caroline Segars star in Alamance Children's Theatre's ACT II's "LIttle Women - The Broadway Musical." [Nick Chester / Times-News correspondent

   Alamance Children’s Theatre’s Act II’s “Little Women — The Broadway  Musical” is a song-filled adaptation of the classic tale of adventure, following one’s dream, young love and the importance of family.
Written by Allan Knee with lyrics by Mindi Dickstein, and music by Jason Howland, “Little Women” is the story of the four March sisters, mainly set inside the March household. Romantic Meg (Madelyn Tubiolo), brave Jo (Caroline Segars), sweet Beth (Veronica Newsome) and little Amy (Sydney Pereira), all live with their mother, Marmee (Morgan Smith), during the Civil War.
The absence of their father, who is away at war, results in a beautiful number — “Here Alone” from Marmee. Smith expresses Marmee’s loneliness and longing for her husband brilliantly. Jo, the main character and a budding author, fights for what she needs and wants out of life, but never loses sight of her family, her home and the people that she loves. She “doesn’t give two figs about society” but is read more…

ACT II presents ‘Little Women’

By Hollyann Gardner
Times-News correspondent 


From left to right: Olivia Knighten, Sydney Fischer, Grant Sledge, Abbey Hopkins and Hollyann Gardner star in Alamance Children's Theatre's "Little Women." [Nick Chester / Times-News correspondent

For the past two months, the high school cast of Alamance Children’s Theatre’s ACT II’s “Little Women — The Broadway Musical” has been working hard to put on a professional, high-   quality show.
The story follows Jo March (Caroline Segars), an outspoken, independent young woman and her quest to get her controversial “blood and guts” story published.
In addition, we meet her three sisters, the romantic oldest girl Meg (Madelyn Tubiolo); the timid Beth (Veronica Newsome); and the youngest sister Amy (Sydney Pereira). Along with their mother Marmee (Morgan Smith), they find themselves faced with joy, grief and romance.
“What I love about Jo is that she is so strong-willed, confident and independent,” Segars, 17, said. “For the time period, this was unusual for a woman. Even though she is independent, she still relies on her family for support and love. I love Jo and everything she stands for. She is so passionate about becoming a writer just like I have my own passion about becoming an actress.”
Camden Wilder, 16, plays the awkward, but lovable neighbor Laurie, who gets himself into more than one interesting situation throughout the story.
“It’s more of a serious role than I am used to, but I also enjoy that he’s a little quirky,” he said.
Professor Bhaer, a nervous and introverted German professor, is played by 16-year-old Aidan Tysinger.
“I see my nerves in Professor Bhaer because even though I’ve done shows for awhile now, I still get nervous,” he said.
Tami Kress, executive director of Studio 1 at Holly Hill Mall, directs this production. Kress also has directed “Peter and the Starcatcher” and “Once on this Island” at Studio 1 along with Alamance Children’s Theatre’s “Mary Poppins” and “Beauty and the Beast.”
“I have felt like I have been working with a professional cast,” Kress said. “Everyone brought their A game every rehearsal and it has been exciting to direct on that level with the kids.”
Smith, 15, echoed this by saying “this cast is so kind and so talented. We all work so hard, and it’s an amazing experience.”
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Collegiate Start positive & enlightening

By Jakob S. Miller
Times-News correspondent 

   The Collegiate Start program at Elon University and programs similar to it offer high-schoolers the opportunity to take college courses in addition to their regular coursework.
Overall, my experience with this program has been both positive and enlightening. Taking two classes at Elon this semester has helped me feel prepared for when I go to college next year.
Taking high school classes and college classes at the same time has highlighted some of the main differences between the two. My college courses had less frequent but more intense assignments, a style that I enjoy and tend to do better with. I felt I was able to really express my opinion on many topics rather than just providing an answer. In addition, both of my college courses encouraged open, civil and spirited debate as a core part of the learning process. I found that lecture was used as more of a supplemental tool in this regard.
One of the intimidating parts of taking college courses as a high school student was whether professors and peers would respect me and my opinions as much as theirs. I found that I was treated as an equal in every scenario. Being able to converse with people of different perspectives in a respectful manner became my favorite part of my college courses.
Having the opportunity to take college courses in high school has made me feel ready and even more excited to go to college. I would strongly recommend fellow high school students to take advantage of programs like Collegiate Start as a tool to become prepared for the ins and outs of college, and to have a fun experience along the way.

Jakob S. Miller is a senior at Southern Alamance High School and a Teens & 20s writer.


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