CORINTH – The four March sisters have captured hearts since 1869.
Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy are better known as “Little Women,” from Louisa May Alcott’s semi-autobiographical novel.
Starting Friday, Corinth Theatre-Arts will present the story on stage. CT-A’s version, adapted by playwright Peter Clapham, will spend a year in the life of the sisters, as they cope with their father’s service in the Civil War.
“This starts just before Christmas on one year and goes through the whole year and finishes on Christmas day the next year,” said Tyson Stephenson, director.
In the story, Jo is an aspiring author, and it’s generally understood that she’s modeled after Alcott.
“There’s no doubt Louisa May Alcott was a pioneer of her time,” Stephenson said.
The sisters are more independently minded than one might expect for the 1860s. Jo wishes she were a boy so she could join her father in the Civil War. She also casts her sisters in the swashbuckling plays she writes.
Maigen Patterson, 31, is tasked with bringing Jo to life. It’s a role she’s been working toward for quite some time.
“Oh yeah. My mom used to read the book to me, since I was 5 or 6 years old,” Patterson said. “Jo was always my hero.”
“Little Women” has captured the imaginations of generations of readers. Patterson said people who watch the play will learn that the book’s popularity is well earned.
“The family dynamics with all of the characters are very interesting,” she said. “It’s a story that is such a classic. It’s lasted throughout the ages because it’s so good.”
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