THE classic story of Little Women is coming to the Young Peoples Theatre (YPT) in Newcastle as a musical, which will feature three Port Stephens performers.
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Based on Louisa May Alcott’s life, Little Women follows the adventures of sisters, Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March.
Jo weaves the story of herself and her sisters and their experience growing up in Civil War America.
This production of Little Women has two casts, May and Alcott.
Director Aaron Taylor has been part of previous productions of this show told News Of The Area, “This show comes to mean more to me each time I am involved with a production.
“To have so many people involved with this production that were part of the team last time I directed the show has emphasized the vitality of memory and that it is upheld, while at the same time embracing the freshness offered by the young talent that has lifted the show to a new level and has uncovered layers that I hadn’t ever before considered,” he said.
Jasmine Phipps of Corlette plays Beth Marsh in the May cast, in 2017, Jasmine appeared as Sally Brown in YPT’s productions ‘You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown’ and featured as Cinderella in GTK Cinderella.
She attends Hunter School of Performing Arts and is a soloist with the HSPA school band.
Wesley McGrath of Williamtown appeared as the Prince in Cinderella and now plays Laurie in the Alcott cast.
The third local member of the Little Women cast is Harold Phipps of Salt Ash who has completed a Diploma of Musical Theatre.
Harold has been in shows such as Macbeth (2014, YPT) in which he was nominated for a CONDA, Equus (2015, Stooged Theatre) and The 25th Annual Putnam Country Spelling Bee (2016, YPT) and The History Boys (2016, YPT), Crucible (2017, YPT), You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown (2017, YPT) and Les Miserables (2017, Metropolitan Players).
Harold’s involvement in YPT started as a student and he and now tutoring classes there, passing on his knowledge and passion for theatre to others.
Performances are being held until 24 February on Saturdays and Sundays with selected Friday performances also being offered.
YPT is pleased to offer readers of News of the Bay a chance to win a double pass to any performance other than Opening Night or High Tea.
To enter, email firstname.lastname@example.org by 10 February and tell me who your favourite Little Women character is and why in 25 words or less.
By Marian SAMPSON