Louisa May Alcott published Little Women: Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy, the first volume of her now-classic book, in 1868. That story's instant success prompted the second volume, Little Women: Good Wives. This spritely adaptation, commissioned by DreamWrights Youth and Family Theatre of York, Pa., is based on that first volume, along with "The Battle of Beaumanoir," a later Alcott story containing obvious echoes of Jo's penchant for swashbuckling tales and her touching friendship with their neighbor, Laurie. Special attention is given to the imaginative play of the young characters: storytelling, playacting, letter writing, newspaper publishing and other creative endeavors still available to young people today. "…a charming and intelligent adaptation… breathes new life into Louisa May Alcott's beloved story…remarkably faithful to the text." (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
- Type of Show Full-length Play
- Product Code LA9000
- Cast Size 16
- Min. Royalty Rate $80/perf
- Cost $9.95
- Approx. Run Time 110 min
- Target Audience Young Audiences | Middle School | High School | College and Adult | Family (all ages) | Senior Adults
- Performing Group Middle School | High School | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Professional Theatre | TYA
- Genre Comedy | Drama
- ISBN(13) 9781583420584
- "It is sweet, funny and poignant in the retelling of the story of the March family in Civil War New England. The scene with the letters to Mr. and Mrs. March in Washington was a sweet and humorous touch."
- Review by Melissa Graves, Actors Communicating Character, Alexandria, Va.
- "This play had a great cast size and was much more accessible for us as a high school because it didn't encompass the entire, lengthy "Little Women" saga ... It was a huge success for us and outsold any drama we've ever produced!"
- Review by Rhonda Busch, Martin Luther High School, Greendale, Wis.
- "What a great script. Nice roles for girls. The audience really enjoyed the drama and the humor."
- Review by Martha Gates, Southeast High School, Wichita, Kan.
- "Our 21st-century audience fell in love with this 19th-century family. An excellent show: laughter and tearsÑan exciting and meaningful evening of theatre!"
- Review by Martin Collin, Saint James School, Saint James, Md.
- "This play is absolutely heartwarming and was delightful to direct. It was a wonderful opportunity to teach my students about researching authenticity. My actors wore authentic dresses, chemises, and pantaloons and loved it!"
- Review by Tracie Pisarcik, Leonardtown High School, Leonardtown, Md.
- "This show was great to perform at a high-school level. The students loved it, and it contained enough emotional range to give them a real acting challenge. Audiences appreciated the show as well, especially because so many people have read and loved the book."
- Review by Joy Blackburn, Tomah High School, Tomah, Wis.
Hints, Tips, and Tricks
- "There is a wealth of information on the web re: Civil War era life. Reenactment websites were a great resource for costumes. Our backdrop was a simple curtain with the March living room on one panel, the picnic scene on another, and the party on another."
- Tip by Melissa Graves, Actors Communicating Character, Alexandria, Va.
- "We used a small writing desk as part of the living room set in the March home. We then used a "special" to light it when we wanted to see Jo writing in the garretÑthis eliminated some set changes."
- Tip by Rhonda Busch, Martin Luther High School, Greendale, Wis.
- "Use the following websites: Abraham's Lady www.abrahamslady.com, Orchard House www.louisamayalcott.org"
- Tip by Tracie Pisarcik, Leonardtown High School, Leonardtown, Md.
- "Using music between scenes as suggested in the script really helped to tie the show together."
- Tip by Joy Blackburn, Tomah High School, Tomah, Wis.