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Little Women The Musical Opens May 12 At Historic Owen Theatre

In one of the most anticipated main stage productions of the year, the Branson Regional Arts Council is proud to present Little Women – The Musical at the Historic Owen Theatre in downtown Branson!

Performances are on Thursdays (7pm), Sundays (2pm & 7pm) and Mondays (7pm) from May 12 – 23, 2022.

Seating is limited and advance reserved tickets are encouraged at BransonArts.org/tix or by calling the Historic Owen Theatre box office at 417-336-4255. Admission for everyone is locally priced at $17 (Adults 18+), $14 (Youth 4-17). The production is great fun for all ages and is rated PG.

Under the direction of Justin Ables, Little Women – The Musical is based on famed author Louisa May Alcott’s life. The live stage production follows the adventures of sisters, Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March. Jo is trying to sell her stories for publication, but the publishers are not interested – her friend, Professor Bhaer, tells her that she has to do better and write more from herself. Begrudgingly taking this advice, Jo weaves the story of herself and her sisters and their experience growing up in Civil War America.

Produced nationally and internationally, Little Women has been praised by critics for its ambition in adapting such a well-known story for the stage. This timeless, captivating story is brought to life on the Historic Owen Theatre stage in this glorious musical filled with personal discovery, heartache, hope and everlasting love. The original production starred the unparalleled Sutton Foster, who received Tony, Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk nominations for her performance.

The BRAC Cast of Little Women – The Musical include: Lizzy Finnerty-Esmonde (Jo March),Kristen Ables (Marmee March),  Allie Lightfoot (Amy March), Bethany Stutzman (Beth March), Cat Blanchard (Meg March), Andrew Faggion (Laurie Lawrence), Connor Finnerty-Esmonde (Professor Bhaer), Carson Burkett (John Brooke), Nicole Sager (Aunt March/Mrs.Kirke) and Christopher Skillern (Mr. Lawrence).

BRAC Director Justin Ables

“For the last 150 years, readers around the world have enjoyed the famous words penned by Louisa May Alcott. Throughout our process, the cast and the artistic team dove into themes of the beauty of simplicity and finding ones truth. As artists, we continue to seek truth in all that we do just as Alcott did in her famous story of four sisters playing in an attic, for truth, is the essence of who we are at core of our being.

To my cast and artistic team, thank you for taking this journey of truth and identity with me. It’s been an honor and a joy to work with each of you. To our audience, as you experience the piece, I hope that you walk away from our production with a new hunger to find the truth in yourself.’
– Justin Ables, Director

The production team includes: Karie Dykeman, Kim Hale (Producers), Justin Ables (Director), Josh Boulden (Assistant Director, Fight Choreographer), Nate Frank (Music Director), Audrey Noll (Choreographer), Teighlor Brewton (Stage Manager), Kyle Blanchard (Set Design), Anika Bryceson (Costume Design), McKenzie Marks (Wardrobe Head), Elizabeth Theune (Seamstress), Kristen Ables (Wig Design), Nicole Horton (Properties Design), Megan King (Properties Coordinator), Charis Boulden (Scene Dressing / Props), Sarah Briggs, Brandon Farrar, Christian Ross, Bethany Shaw (Scenic Dressing), Pamela Meadows (Lighting Design), Cole Hill (Tech & Sound Technician), Lisa Murphy (Media Coordinator), Josh Silvy (Theatre Operations Manager), Lorie Best (Volunteer Coordinator), Marshall Meadows (Photography) and Jim Barber (BRAC Executive Director and Marketing).