Little Women

May 22 - 24 & 28 - 30, 2009
By Louisa May Alcott
Directed by Kelly Bassett

The story of Little Women, Louisa M. Alcott's famous novel, is so well known and so well loved that it is hardly surprising that many attempts have been made to portray its characters upon the stage. None has yet been so successful, however, as this brilliant dramatization by Peter Clapham. The structure of the play faithfully covers that of the novel, interweaving the lives of the March girls, Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy, and Laurie, the boy next door, as they grow up happily together, yet the action is contained neatly in one set. All the overtones of gaiety and the undertones of sadness are here, bringing the story completely to life in a way which is both accurate and dramatically satisfying.

About the Director:

Kelly has been active in community theatre for almost 20 years. She has been involved in all facets of Central Illinois community theatre, both on stage and off. The last show you would have seen Kelly in was the Springfield Theatre Center's production of The Who's Tommy or JTG's The Spitfire Grill. Kelly has directed Robin Hood with STC and The Wizard of Oz and Babes in Toyland for JTG. Kelly was the Assistant Director for TIP's production of Godspell. From the fall of 2005 until the Spring of 2007, Kelly directed four shows with Ursuline Academy in Springfield. She has an elementary education degree from Millikin University and worked with the People to People Program, leading a group of students to New York City in the summer of 2005. Kelly is also pleased to announce that she is a new member of the Springfield Theatre Center's board of directors and will be working with the Active and Creative Teen Theatre for the Spring show, Loving Lives, as the Adult Director.


Cold Readings
7 females ages from 12-23

  • Meg, eldest daughter, age 16
  • Josephine, second eldest, 15
  • Beth, third daughter, 13
  • Amy, youngest at 23
  • Hannah, maid, any age
  • Marmee, mother, 40-60
  • Aunt March, Great Aunt, 50-65

3 males

  • Theadore (Laurie or Teddy)Lawrence, neighbor of the March's, young man
  • John Brooke, Laurie's tutor, young man
  • Mr. March, father, around 50-65


Meg March: Molly Mathewson
Jo March: Madison Holcomb
Beth March: Emilie Lohman
Amy March: Shelby Santel
Aunt March: Pat Pennington
Marmee: Lora Beavers
Hannah: Mary Disseler
Mr March: Chuk Robertson
Theodore Laurence: W. Forrest Sterling
Mr. Brooke: Mike Martin
Mrs. Gardener: Melissa Sterling
Sallie Gardener: Kasey Norman
Annie: Katrina Fricke
Belle: Rebecca Davis


Director: Kelly E Bassett
AD/SM: Dale Mason
Costumes: Al & Pat Hymans
Set Builder: Al Hymans
Props: Nicole Butts & Cate
Sheehan Wigs: Annie Germann