LEWISTON – “Little Women,” based on the classic best-selling novel by Louisa May Alcott, is a tale that rings true through the ages, from the Civil War era to today. A story of courage and ambition, this high-energy musical is an epic story spanning three years in the life of the family and friends of Jo March.

The drama club at Lewiston High School will present “Little Women” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Jan. 8, 9, 10, in the Lewiston Middle School auditorium on Central Avenue.

The play revolves around the ambitious and imaginative Jo March (portrayed by Brittany Martin) and her journey to become a world-famous published author. Her goal is to provide for her loving, supportive family – which has its accidents, arguments and even attempted murder. Other principal characters are the romantic and wistful Meg (Amanda Martin); the sweet, encouraging Beth (Veronica Beaudoin); Amy (Suzannah Wong), the somewhat spoiled baby of the family; and Marmee (Sarah Patterson), the demure mother who holds the family together with quiet strength while the girls’ father is away serving as a chaplain in the Union army.

Jo has written stories for her family and the citizens of Concord and sets out to get her bloody operatic tragedy published. She travels to New York to the boarding house of Mrs. Kirk (Marissa Lussier), where she becomes tentative friends with Professor Bhaer (Ryan Dubois), who helps her cope with rejections from publishers until she finally takes the Weekly Volcano Press by storm.

Through success and tragedy, through deaths, marriages and births, the March family struggles to stay together.

Tickets to “Little Women” are $8 for adults, $5 for students and seniors at the door. Reserved tickets are $5 and may be ordered by calling 783-0958 (the Lewiston-Auburn Community Little Theatre box office).

– By Rebecca Spilecki, LHS junior

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