ACT II presents ‘Little Women’

By Hollyann Gardner
Times-News correspondent 

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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.”
   This is a classic story that you won’t want to miss being put on the stage.
“The music is fun, inspiring and powerful,” Kress said. “There are songs that will make you cry and songs that will make you want to go change the world. I also love that it is a feminist piece set in the 1800s.”
These songs include the heart-wrenching duet, “Some Things Are Meant to Be”; the upbeat group number “Five Forever”; and the empowering solo “Astonishing.”
Showtimes are 7 p.m. Friday (Jan. 18, 2019); 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday (Jan. 19); 2 p.m. Sunday (Jan. 20); 7 p.m. Jan. 25; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Jan. 26; and 2 p.m. Jan. 27 at the Paramount Theater, 128 E. Front St., Burlington. Tickets are $9.50 for evening shows and Sunday matinees and $8 for Saturday matinees; tickets can be purchased at etix.com, www.burlingtonnc.gov/paramount; by calling 800-514-3849 or by visiting the box office from noon to 3 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and one hour prior to showtime. For more details, call 336- 222-8497 or visit www.alamancechildrenstheatre.com

Hollyann Gardner is a high school junior at Alamance Community College and a Teens & 20s writer.

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