Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel of the March sisters has inspired generations of readers and writers around the world. Now the heartfelt story of Jo and her three spirited sisters comes to the stage in a brand new play that honors the original, while freshly interpreting it for a new era. As Jo, Beth, Amy and Meg approach adulthood, each must balance her private ambitions with society’s expectations. In a world defined by gender and class, Jo bravely sets forth to write her greatest story; her own. This sparkling new adaptation, by the playwright who gave us Sense and Sensibility, will have audiences falling in love with the March sisters all over again.
By: Kate Hamill
Director: Jess Shoemaker
* Jess is one of our favorite guest artists who is returning to Helena to direct this production! Jess was last here to direct our production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
November 19 – 21 / December 1 – 5 / December 15 – 19
* Little Women will have weeks off during the run to accommodate the run of Beauty and the Beast at the Civic Center
(Wednesday through Saturday evenings at 7:30pm / Sunday matinees at 2:30pm)
We are only accepting audition submissions via video. Audition Videos must be received by noon on Tuesday, September 14th in order to be considered for casting. Please follow these guidelines when preparing and submitting your audition video:
* Record yourself performing two of the monologues included in the Audition Packet.
* You are not required to memorize your audition monologue, but you are encouraged to be fairly familiar with your selection
* Please introduce yourself at the beginning of your video
* Use a well lit room so we can clearly see your face
* Submit your Audition Video and Audition Form through the following link by noon on September 14th
Rehearsals are scheduled to begin the week of September 27th. Rehearsals are usually scheduled during evening hours on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. We will do our best to accommodate your schedules. You will only be called to rehearsal when you are needed.
Those who audition must submit the Little Women Audition Form along with your audition video.
This form has important calendar and schedule information that is necessary for the casting process.
What to Prepare
The Little Women Audition Packet includes everything you need for your audition. Please choose TWO of the monologues from the packet to prepare for your audition.
Those who audition for Little Women must be willing to follow Grandstreet Theatre’s Covid-19 safety policies, which may include wearing a mask at all times for in person rehearsals. All participants must be willing to notify the production team of any possible illness or any possible exposure to Covid-19.
Seeking the Following Roles
Marmie – The matriarch of the March family. A social revolutionary; ahead of her time. Good sense of humor. A warrior; keeps the family together. Tough. Strong. Intelligent. This role may double with Aunt March.
Aunt March – the most unpleasant woman imaginable. Has lots of money, privileged. Strong political and personal opinions, which people endure. Judgmental.
Meg March – The oldest March daughter. Acts as Marmie’s second in the house. A romantic at heart – likes to dress up and have little luxuries in life.
Jo March – the second oldest March. Does not fit comfortably within the given parameters of her given gender role. A deep fire within her. Extremely ambitious and frustrated by the distance between where she is and where she wants to be. Impatient. Wants to change the world. Very smart and knows it. A mix of insecurity and aspiration. Boyish and rough and tumble. Sometimes antagonistic. Not the most tolerant of differing viewpoints. Can be quite awkward or abrupt; bad temper when riled. A great sense of humor. Passionate. Ahead of her time. A warrior. Has a special relationship with Beth.
Beth March – the third March. Very sweet and paralytically shy; had to be removed from school because of her paralyzing social anxieties. An extremely special person. Almost incapable of going out in the world; sheltered by her family. Loves deeply and has deep empathy for everyone. Loves the simple things in life – so much that it hurts. Sees much more than anyone realizes. Brave and sensitive; quick to forgive and heal wounds. An observer.
Amy March – the youngest March. Opinionated and spunky; popular and quite focused on style. Not the most tolerant of differing viewpoints. Socially intelligent. Sometimes puts on airs. Perhaps a bit spoiled. A perfect little lady – except for her temper, and her not so great command of vocabulary. Grows up to be quite beautiful and elegant. Madly in love with Laurie, around whom she is never cool.
Hannah – Irish. The March’s longtime housekeeper, cook and de facto babysitter. A treasure, a terror, a traditionalist. Takes no nonsense. Matter of fact, she’s the boss of that kitchen, for sure. This role may double with Mrs. Mingott.
Mrs. Mingott – a very rich, stylish woman. Vanderbilt-eque, condescending, not terribly pleasant, fancies herself charitable.
Theodore “Laurie” Laurence – a sweet and handsome young man. Sensitive, funny, charming, and caring. In his fantasies, he’s a white knight, riding in to rescue damsels in distress. A natural musician. Wealthy, thanks to his inheritance, generous, does not have to think about money. Does not always fit comfortably within the given parameters of his gender role – he doesn’t want to grow up to be a soldier or tedious man of business. Finds a family in the Marches.
John Brooks – Laurie’s sometimes stiff and awkward tutor. A rule follower. A poor man, well educated. Has a very noticeable limp – probably served in the war and was sent home, although may have been disqualified from service altogether. Feels deeply. Quite madly in love with Meg. This role may double with Mr. Dashwood.
Mr. Dashwood – A publisher of cheap newspapers and novels. A businessman, working in a man’s world. Fancies himself a realist. Not a nice guy. Fancies himself a nice guy.
Mr. Laurence – Laurie’s grandfather, responsible for Laurie’s upbringing. A wealthy man. A gentleman in the strictest sense. Not comfortable with emotional language; bad at expressing himself. Has a rigid sense of what is appropriate behavior, especially for a man. Tends towards gruffness or temper. Probably quite unintentionally frightening. Deeply regretful of incidents in his past, but unable to express it. This role may double with Robert March.
Robert March – father to the March girls. Never speaks, but his presence looms large. Is wounded in the war; never quite recovers. A significant limp, struggles with his injuries, both emotional and physical.
You must be at least 12 years old by September 14th to audition for Little Women. Because several of the roles in this play may double, age is somewhat flexible in the casting process. Additionally, since the 4 March sisters and Laurie grow up throughout the course of the play, some of them could be played by young adults, and some of them could be played by high school students. In other words, if you are excited about auditioning for this play, do not let your perception of how old these characters are supposed to be keep you from auditioning. This is true for teenagers and adults of all ages.
November 14, 2021 – November 18, 2021
Tech week is the final week of the rehearsal process where all of the technical elements of the show are put in place.
For Grandstreet Theatre School Students
Little Women is not technically a theatre school production, but you are welcome to audition for Little Women AND Beauty and the Beast if you would like to be considered for both shows. No one will be cast in both shows. In order to be considered for both shows, you must submit an audition video to both shows and fulfill the audition requirements for both projects.
For questions or more information, please contact Jeff Downing, Artistic Director at 442-4270 or email [email protected]