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Wild Swan’s ‘Little Women’ at Towsley Auditorium for five performances December 7–10

Preview November 21, 2017 Anne Kiley

ANN ARBOR—Wild Swan Theater, continues its 38th Season with an original stage adaptation of Little Women, the classic novel by Louisa May Alcott. This production which charmed audiences several years ago returns to the stage for five performances from December 7th -10th. Backstage touch tours and audio-description are available for blind theater patrons. These services are free but must be reserved in advance by calling (734) 995-0530. For tickets, visit www.wildswantheater.org.

Wild Swan Theater is dedicated to making professional theater of the highest artistic quality for young people and families that is accessible, diverse and inclusive, through affordable ticket prices and innovative outreach programs. For more information about the company, its current season, touring programs, drama classes and camps, visit the Wild Swan website at www.wildswantheater.org. For interviews, contact Michelle Trame Lanzi at (734) 995-0530.

Little Women is the American story of the March sisters, Meg, Jo, Amy and Beth, who are growing up in Civil War-era New England. When their devoted mother Marmee leaves them to visit their ailing father at the front, the girls must face life together. Loosely based on the author’s family life, the story explores how each young woman develops their character by overcoming personal weaknesses. It also offers a testimony to the strength of womanhood in the character of the girls’ mother, Marmee. Throughout our nation’s history there have been women like the fictional March sisters who must struggle against society’s expectations and create their own destinies. Written by Wild Swan’s Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director Hilary Cohen, this production delivers an inspiring message of resourcefulness and perseverance for children ages 8+ and their families.

Appearing as the March sisters are Carly Buchbinder as Meg, Meghan VanArsdalen as Jo, Sarah Brabec as Amy, and Emily Slomovits as Beth. Wild Swan favorite Jeremy Salvatori takes the role of Jo’s suitor, Laurie. J. Mike Morgan appears as Mr. Lawrence, Laurie’s wealthy grandfather. Wild Swan’s Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director Sandy Ryder is the girls’ stern Aunt March, and Company Manager Michelle Trame Lanzi appears as Marmee, who leads by her loving example.

Wild Swan’s adaptation of the story features period costumes designed by Suzanne Young and period music selected and performed by Brian E. Buckner. Beth Sandmaier is set designer, and Hilary Cohen directs. American Sign Language interpretation is provided by Erin Parrish and Shelly Tocco.

Week of 6/18/2018

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