PRIMA - Big show for Little Women

Musical theatre lovers can soon embrace Little Women in an intimate little venue.

The new Pine Rivers Musical Association (PRIMA) production Little Women: The Musical, an adaptation of the Broadway show, will be staged at Act 1 Theatre at Strathpine this month.

Based on the classic novel by Louisa May Alcott, Little Women follows the lives and loves of four sisters – Jo (Lara Boyle), Meg (Eliza King), Beth (Rachael Macnaught) and Amy March (Sarah Chappell) – growing up during the American Civil War.

Little Women director Mel Evans said it is just the third PRIMA show to be staged at Act 1 Theatre in 11 years.

Having previously helmed big ensemble PRIMA productions Hairspray and Oliver!, the Dayboro woman is enjoying directing a 12-member cast in a smaller venue.

“It’s a very intimate theatre and it’s a very intimate show,” Evans said.

“The relationships between the sisters is beautiful and the actors have worked hard to establish a wonderful rapport with each other.

“It’s a bucket list show for lots of people; the music’s wonderful and the characters are well developed and well rounded.”

Eliza from Bunya stars as in Little Women: The Musical.

Eliza King from Bunya stars as Meg March in Little Women: The Musical.

Many of Little Women’s cast, which includes Bunya’s Eliza King and Warner’s Liam J. O’Byrne, are graduates of Harvest Rain Theatre, Queensland Conservatory and Ballarat University drama programs.

“Working with such a high calibre of performers allows lots more play and freedom and exploration,” Evans explained.

She said the show’s “stunning” music, arranged by Cashmere’s Andrew Wadley, befitted the setting of the story, now two years shy of its 150th birthday.

“The music is delightful and really quite stunning. Even though it’s a contemporary show – less than ten years old – the music has a very classical sound,” Evans said.

While most people “outside the musical theatre circle” are unaware there is a Little Women musical and it “didn’t do really great on Broadway”, Evans said it now has a big following “thanks to pro-am and amateur theatre around the world”.

Little Women: The Musical is on at Act 1 Theatre, corner of Gympie Road and Hall Street, Strathpine for eight shows from
15-24 July.

Visit the PRIMA website for show times and ticket information.

Source: The Westerner

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