College of Fine Arts and Design

UCO To Stage Literary and Theater Classic 'Little Women'

Feb. 17, 2011little women

The University of Central Oklahoma's Department of Theatre Arts will present the literary and theater classic "Little Women" at 7:30 p.m., March 3-5 and at 2 p.m., March 6 in Mitchell Hall Theater.            

"Beloved and well-known works deserve only the most faithful rendition," said Bob Magill, Ph.D., Central associate professor of Theatre Arts and director

of the production.            

"The audience anticipates the staged version to be true to their vision of the novel they have cherished and imagined in their minds."            

"Little Women" is Louisa May Alcott's timeless, coming of age story about four young girls set during the Civil War, adapted for the stage by Peter Clapham.            

"It is a remarkably rich work, in both character and theme; and it is strong and courageous in pitting the women's coming of age against the severe hardships of war and the difficult choices it forces them to make," said Magill.            

"We want to see the girls face their crisis with courage and hope and inspire those they meet to their same kind of energetic and positive outlook of life."            

Because the story is set against historical events, Magill is assisted by junior theatre arts major Brian Lough from Lindsay, Okla

. Lough is the dramaturge in charge of researching the setting of the play, including words, social customs and anything that might be unfamiliar to the cast and the director.            

"Since ‘Little Women' is adapted from the book of the same name, it is important to be acquainted with the source material," said Lough.            

"I assemble any relevant information and pass it along to the crew."            

Ticket prices are $14 for adults, $10 for seniors, non-UCO students and UCO faculty and staff and $4 for UCO students with ID. To reserve tickets, call the Mitchell Hall Theater box office at (405) 974-3375.

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