A show with many lessons

Reviewed by Brittany Carter
Times-News correspondent

Plaid Players Acting Company will perform "Little Women: The Musical" Oct. 26-28, 2012, at the Paramount Theater in downtown Burlington. / Scott Muthersbaugh, Times-News

The Plaid Players Acting Company’s production of “Little Women: The Musical” is filled with Broadway-worthy voices and impeccable acting skills.
   Directed by Grammy and Dove award-winning performer Elijah Chester, an Alamance County native, and produced by Jean Hedrick and Walter Boyd, the extremely talented cast does what good actors should do — they emulate the characters in such a way that you believe them.
   “Little Women” follows Jo March (Linnea Bethany) on a quest to find herself with the help of various characters along the way including her three sisters: Meg (Jamie Seals), Beth (Joan Hedrick), Amy (Allie Rae Allen) and their mother, Marmee (Tracy Carey).
      The world of the March sisters is an enchanting one and these actresses convey the emotions beautifully. Even a character as bitter as Mr. Laurence (played by Walter Boyd and Albert Guzman) was touched by this story.
   While this is a play you can bring the whole family to, it is geared toward an adult audience. During a recent rehearsal, it was impossible not to laugh at the humorous Laurie (Joe Wrenn) or the pretentious old Aunt March (Peggy Bazakas).
   This musical is extremely entertaining, but it also is thought-provoking and inspiring. Come and experience the warmth of Marmee, the love of family and friends and yes, even grief and loss. By the end, you will think that like Jo, you can do anything.
   “Little Women: The Musical” will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Paramount Theater, 128 E. Front St., Burlington. Tickets are $8 for students and seniors 60 years old and up and $12 for adults. Free tea parties with the cast will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets can be purchased between noon and 3 p.m. today through Saturday or one prior to show time and credit card reservations can be made by calling (336) 222-TIXS.

 Brittany Carter is a sophomore at Alamance Community College and a Teens & Twenties writer.



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