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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
(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
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.
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