Auditions for Little Women

September 25 and 26 at 7:00PM

Southwest Playhouse announces auditions for Little Women!

Performance Dates:
November 10, 11, 12, and 17, 18, 19, 2017

Little Women is being directed by Dean McSpadden. 

Auditions will consist primarily of cold readings from the script.

Little Women, based on the famous book by Louisa May Alcott, follows the March family. The four March sisters live with their mother, facing Christmas without their father as the American Civil War is underway. The family is settled in a new neighborhood, living in genteel poverty after their father lost their money. Meg and Jo March, the elder sisters, both work outside the home for money to support the family. Meg teaches four children in a nearby family, while Jo aids her grand-aunt March, a wealthy widow whose strength is failing. Beth helps with housework, and Amy attends school. Their nearest neighbor is a wealthy man whose orphaned grandson lives with him. The sisters introduce themselves to the handsome shy boy, Laurie, who is the age of Jo. Meg is the beautiful sister; Jo is the tomboy; Beth is the musician; and Amy is the charming artist with blond curls. The story follows the sisters as they grow from children to young women, and the challenges they face through disease, heartache, and war. 

Dean is looking to cast 17 women and 10 men for the production, though some of the roles do allow for doubling if necessary. As the show spans over numerous years of the characters' lives, he is looking for teenage girls to play the March sisters in Act 1, and young women to play the March sisters in Act 2. He will also be looking for a teenage boy to play young Laurie in Act 1 with a young man to be Laurie in Act 2.

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List of Characters:

Young Jo (15) - The protagonist and the second-oldest March sister. Jo, who wants to be a writer, is based on Louisa May Alcott herself, which makes the story semi-autobiographical. Jo has a temper and a quick tongue, although she works hard to control both. She is a tomboy, and reacts with impatience to the many limitations placed on women and girls. She hates romance in her real life, and wants nothing more than to hold her family together.

Older Jo

Young Beth (13) - The third March daughter. Beth is very quiet and very virtuous, and she does nothing but try to please others. She adores music and plays the piano very well.

Older Beth

Young Amy (12) - The youngest March girl. Amy is an artist who adores visual beauty and has a weakness for pretty possessions. She is given to pouting, fits of temper, and vanity; but she does attempt to improve herself.

Older Amy

Young Meg (16) - The oldest March sister. Responsible and kind, Meg mothers her younger sisters. She has a small weakness for luxury and leisure, but the greater part of her is gentle, loving, and morally vigorous.

Older Meg

Young Laurie (15) - The rich boy who lives next door to the Marches. Laurie, whose real name is Theodore Laurence, becomes like a son and brother to the Marches. He is charming, clever, and has a good heart.

Older Laurie

Marmee - The March girls’ mother. Marmee is the moral role model for her girls. She counsels them through all of their problems and works hard but happily while her husband is at war.

Mr. March  - The March girls’ father and Marmee’s husband. He serves in the Union army as a chaplain. When he returns home, he continues acting as a minister to a nearby parish.

Hannah - The Marches’ loyal servant. She is of Irish descent and very dear to the Family. She is treated more like a member of the family than a servant.

Mrs. Gardiner - Mother of Sallie. She invites Meg and Jo to a New Year’s Ball.

Sallie - Meg’s rich friend. Sallie represents the good life to Meg, and Meg often covets Sallie’s possessions.

Mr. Laurence  - Laurie’s grandfather and the Marches’ next-door neighbor. Mr. Laurence seems gruff, but he is loving and kind.

Jenny Snow – A young girl at Amy’s school.

Mr. Davis - The teacher at Amy’s school.

John Brooke – Laurie’s tutor. Mr. Brooke is poor but virtuous.

Aunt March - A rich widow and one of the March girls’ aunts. Although crotchety and difficult, Aunt March loves her nieces and wants the best for them.

Mr. Scott – John Brooke’s friend.

Lotty - One of the Hummel children.

Mr. Dashwood - Publisher and editor of the Weekly Volcano

Professor Bhaer – A respected professor in Germany who becomes an impoverished language instructor in America. Mr. Bhaer lives in New York, where he meets Jo. He is kind and fatherly.

Boy Guest