Gallery 7 Theatre presents Little Women

Production opens Friday, Nov. 11 at Abbotsford Arts Centre

(From left) Ellis Hull

Gallery 7 Theatre presents its production of Louisa M. Alcott’s classic story Little Women, starting this Friday, Nov. 11.

The play is set during the American Civil War. Sisters Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March make the most of their humble childhood despite the hardships they face.

As the girls deal with adversity, sibling rivalry, malady and the doting boy from next door, each sister begins to discover a unique sense of meaning and purpose in life. Humour, insight and pathos abound in this endearing re-telling of the beloved story.

Little Women will be directed by Beth Gasser, who is making her directorial debut at Gallery 7 Theatre with this production.

“I think Little Women endures as a classic because the characters are universal,” she said.

“We watch as these very real people deliberately choose again and again to be kind, to forgive, to love, to form friendships, and to go against societal norms that reflect ignorance, intolerance, commercialism and consumerism.”

Playing the role of Jo March is Shannon Tauber, who recently graduated from the Douglas College Theatre program.

The role of Amy March will be played by Ellis Hull while the role of Beth March will be played Kaitlyn Burkinshaw.

Russel Blower and Calvin Baker, both UFV theatre graduates, will play the roles of John Brooke and Mr. March respectively, and the fiery Aunt March will be played by Marianne Hyland.

The role of Hannah will be played by Brennah Toews.

Rounding out the cast will be Gallery 7 Theatre veteran performers Becky Wiebe as Mrs. March, Glen Pinchin as Mr. Laurence, Colleen Plenert as Meg March, and Thomas Smith as Laurie.

Set design is by Nicolai Kuchin, costume design is by Dani DeJong, lighting design is by Phil Miguel, sound design is by Gabe Kirkley and makeup design is by Victoria Hu.

Props design and production photography is by Dianna Lewis and the stage manager is Yvonne Spuls.

Little Women runs Nov. 11, 12 and 16-19 at the Abbotsford Arts Centre, 2329 Crescent Way, at 7:30 p.m., with discount matinees on Nov. 12 and 19 at 2 p.m.

Tickets for evening performances are $25 for adults, $20 for students and seniors, and $15 for kids 12 and under. Matinee performances are $20 general admission and $15 for kids.

They can be purchased at House of James or online at gallery7theatre.com.