July 26 - Aug 4, 2013
LITTLE WOMEN: THE BROADWAY MUSICAL
Fri at 7pm, Sat at 2pm and 7pm, Sun at 2pm
Music by Jason Howland, Lyrics by Mindi Dickstein, Book by Allan Knee
Based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott

DIRECTOR NOTES

Growing up, I either wanted to be Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice or Jo March from Little Women. Jo and Elizabeth were great role models and the stories were delicious enough to demand being read on many occasions. I identified with female characters who were strong, independent, maybe a little stubborn with big dreams and the determination to achieve them. From the immediate success of her novel, apparently a lot of readers also identified with Louisa May Alcott’s story.

At first, Ms. Alcott did not want to write Little Women. She didn’t think she could write a novel for young girls, but she agreed to try as she felt there weren’t enough good books for that audience. She wrote the novel based loosely on her life with her three sisters, creating Jo as her fictional counterpart. There were many parallels, and the story even takes place at her family home in Concord, Massachusetts. Little Women was originally published in two volumes: Meg, Jo, Beth & Amy in 1868 and Part Second, also known as Good Wives, in 1869. She followed those with Little Men (1871) and Jo’s Boys (1886), successfully completing the March saga.

Little Women was made into many famous movies, one of them starring Katherine Hepburn as Jo in an award-winning 1933 version. Little Women, The Musical, opened on Broadway starring Sutton Foster as Jo and Maureen McGovern as Marmee in 2005. The show closed only a few months later, but found a home touring the country from 2005-2006.

Now, it has found a home here at SecondStory. I have had the most “delightful” time watching this talented group of actors bring the March family and friends to life. Each actor and crew member put a lot of time and love into creating this production. I am very honored to be a small part. Many thanks to Tatiana, our Music Director, for being my musical counter-part, making this musical really sing! Our wish is for you to enjoy the show and always remember to be….astonishing! - Alyson Soma

MEET THE CAST

Syd Donielle Rvinsky (Jo) is thrilled to be a part of this show! You may have recently seen her as Mrs. Lovett in Studio East's production of Sweeney Todd. She will be attending the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston this fall for classical vocal performance. She thanks her wonderful family, incredible friends, and delightful cast and crew. Danke schön!

Heather Loschen (Beth) is thrilled to finally return to the SSR stage! She was last seen as Cinderella in Into the Woods at Studio East and herself in Edges at Redmond High, but her last project was directing The Tiger and He Went to Jarrod for Dramafest at Redmond High. Next up is directing Forever Plaid at RHS! Much thanks to Alyson, Tatiana, Renee, Mark and Jen, Lyndee, her family, and the lovely Syd for their never-ending love and support.

Catherine McCool (Amy) is happy to be back at SSR after playing Young Rapunzel in 2009. She was last seen on SCT’s Mainstage as a Munchkin in The Wizard of Oz. Favorites include Getting Near to Baby (Little Sister) SCT, Into the Woods (Little Red) Mount Baker Theatre, Charlotte's Web (Fern) and Annie (Annie) YTN, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (Alice) Attic Theatre, Ragtime (Ensemble) Village Theatre Kidstage, Anne of Green Gables (Anne) EFT. Catherine sends thanks to her wonderful family and friends for all their love and support.

Sara Isaacson (Meg) is extremely excited to make her debut in Little Women the Musical at SecondStory Rep. She currently lives in Sammamish with her family, and is going into in 9th grade at Skyline High School. Sara has a passion for singing and dancing, and would like to thank her family for their love and support in all her endeavors. She would also like to thank Alexis O'Donahue for her insight and expertise.

Emily Burns (Ensemble/US Meg) is a senior at Redmond High School. She loves acting and has been involved in several shows. Her favorites include: Sleeping Walter (Courtier), The Curious Savage(Mrs. Paddy), A Midsummer Night’s Dream(Peaseblossom), Stage Door (Terry Randall) and The Best Christmas Pageant Ever!(Imogene). When she’s not on stage, Emily enjoys writing music, running track and reading. She would like to thank her past directors for all their wonderful instruction, and her friends and family for supporting her and coming to her numerous shows.

Chloe Remigio (Ensemble) is very excited to be a part of this show! She has been seen in many productions at the Bellevue Youth Theatre, including “The Sound of Music,” “Grease,” “Zombies” (a BYT original), and “Girl Power” (another BYT original). She would like to shout-out to anyone from BYT to say thanks for being a second family for many years. And of course, a thanks to the cast and crew of “Little Women,” for being a third family to her.

Madeline Roberts (Ensemble) has previously performed with Bellevue Youth Theatre and CORE theatrics, but is thrilled to be in her first SecondStory Repertory show, and thankful to have been a part of this wonderful cast.

Meagan Castillo (Marmee) is pleased to return to SSR. She has been seen previously as The Witcher Woman (The Frog Prince) and The Miller's Daughter (Rumplestitskin), both part of the Theater for Young Audiences series, and as Katerina Cavalieri in the Mainstage production "Amadeus". She sends love to her family, and thanks them for their continued support.

Laurie Roberts (Aunt March) has been acting for the last ten years and is so proud and happy to be performing on the stage at SecondStory Repertory for the very first time. Her acting credits include - Aunt Eller in Oklahoma!, Queen Agravain in Once Upon A Mattress, Baroness Schrader in the Sound of Music, and Miss Hannigan in ANNIE. Laurie is incredibly proud to be a part of this very talented and hard working cast. Thanks to Alyson, Mark and Jen for the opportunity to work on this very special project. Sometimes when you dream.... your dreams come true in extraordinary ways....

CJ Conrad (Laurie) is excited to be a part of another production at SecondStory Rep. Some other notable performances in the area include Altar Boyz, Rent, Big River, The Who's Tommy, and many more. CJ also works as a tour guide at Pike Place Market; he is an active Crossfit coach, and a massage therapist. "Thank you to the cast for making this show come together. And thank you to my friends and family who continue to support and encourage me to chase my passions."

Ted Adams (Professor Bhaer) is excited for his first appearance at SecondStory Rep. Ted has performed recently in Grease (Renton Civic Theater), Happy Days (Tacoma Musical Playhouse), Hairspray (Seattle Musical Theatre), and Forever Plaid (Renton Civic Theatre). Ted is a graduate of Seattle University and currently works as a consultant in the Seattle area. A special thanks to Julie Denninghoff, for her inspiration and love.

Nick Watson (John Brooke) is very excited make his SecondStory debut. Some of his favorite productions are Cinderella’s Prince/the Wolf in Into the Woods at Auburn Ave Theatre, Willard in Footloose at Renton Carco Theatre and Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Auburn Regional Theatre. He just finished up his sophomore year at Cornish College of the Arts where he will be getting his B.F.A. in Musical Theater. Thank you for coming and enjoy!!!

Chris Maxfield (Mr. Laurence) is pleased to return to the SecondStory stage after all these years. Chris has been acting since 1978, and has performed in dozens of dramas, comedies and musicals. Recent roles include Tito in LEND ME A TENOR, Baptista in TAMING OF THE SHREW, and Troughton in RUN FOR YOUR WIFE. He has really enjoyed working with this cast of very talented young people. Chris also wishes to express appreciation to his lovely fiancée Selina for all her support.

MEET THE PRODUCTION TEAM

Alyson Soma (Director) is “delighted” to make her directing debut at SecondStory with the Summer Teen Musical. Recent directing credits: Arsenic and Old Lace, The Odd Couple, Chapter Two, Plaza Suite, Rumors, How The Other Half Loves, On Golden Pond (Bellevue Civic Theatre); The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Deathtrap, The Importance of Being Earnest (Renton Civic Theatre); No Sex Please, We’re British, Go Back for Murder, Yes, Virginia…, Exit the Body and The Snow Queen (Driftwood Players). Alyson is also an actress, a Northwest Soundie Award winner and a Northwest Emmy ® nominee. For my Marmee. Everyone has someone special in this world, and I had you.

Tatiana Kruse (Music Director) is grateful to be music director for SecondStory’s production of Little Women. She also contributed to Sweeny Todd, Schoolhouse Rock Live Jr., Working, and Dear Edwina Jr. In high school, Tatiana was the keyboardist for Little Shop of Horrors and Guys and Dolls. She is currently pursuing her degree in Vocal Performance at Whitworth University. Tatiana thanks Alyson for the pleasure of working alongside a true professional. This is Tatiana’s third summer at SecondStory and hopes to return next year!

Laurie Roberts (Costume Designer) has been costuming for the stage for about nine years and for SSR for the last five. Her costuming credits include - RENT, The 39 Steps, and She Loves Me for the Mainstage and Snow White, Beauty and the Beast and The Adventures of Frog and Toad for the Theater for Young Audiences. Getting the opportunity to costume, and help to bring to life some of her favorite literary characters has been a dream come true. A special thanks to Mark and Jen for the opportunity to do "double duty" on this show both costuming and performing with this wonderful cast and crew... Enjoy the show!!

Renee Cyr Johnson (Stage Manager) Renee is thrilled to be making her stage managing debut here at SecondStory Repertory. She most recently stage managed The Hen Night Epiphany coproduced by Driftwood’s TIPS program and Arouet Productions. Other favorite stage managing credits include Music Man, Murder on the Nile, and Harvey at Driftwood. She has also worked at Taproot, Stone Soup, Greenstage, and Centerstage. She would like to thank all of you for supporting local theater.

Michael DeRoche (Second Keyboard) is a graduate of Lake Washington high school in Kirkland and is currently studying music education and trombone performance at Central Washington University in Ellensberg. Michael has been taking piano lessons since the age of four and has competed in Seattle Young Artist several years. Michael has played piano for the The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and trombone in a pit orchestra for The Music Man and Oklahoma.

LITTLE WOMEN Is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
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