Little Women To Take The Stage at Notre Dame de Namur University
Belmont, Calif., February 14, 2014 – Notre Dame de Namur University’s Department of Music and Vocal Arts presents the hit Broadway musical adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic 1869 story, “Little Women,” February 21 – March 2 in the NDNU Theatre.
This delightful musical follows the lives of Jo, Amy, Meg and Beth March in their journey to womanhood. Through the trials of poverty, the Civil War and even the death of their beloved Beth, the life spirit of the March family keeps this story filled with passion and humor.
“The show is perfect for us because of the depth and breadth of the female roles,” said “Little Women” music director and music department chair Debra Lambert. “There is a tremendous focus on women in art, literature and society that transcends time and speaks to the women of today. It is a timeless story — people love it now as much as then.”
Lambert is joined by director Dianna Shuster, former artistic director of American Musical Theatre of San Jose and current executive director of San Francisco's Pocket Opera; with choreography by award-winning choreographer and veteran Broadway dancer Dottie Lester-White; lighting design and production management by Matthew M. Royce; and costumes by Lisa Claybaugh.
This production has been prepared in collaboration with TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, who presented the show at the Lucie Stern Theatre in December 2013. NDNU’s music department chair Debra Lambert worked as associate music director on the TheatreWorks production.
The leads are double cast, featuring Sarah Griner, Jordan Kersten, Nicole Lopez-Hagen and Elizabeth Neff on February 21, 23 and March 1, and Megan Bartlett, Andrea Butler, Jorey Cantu and Delaney Corbitt on February 22, 28 and March 2. They are joined by Jaxey Cantu, Juan Castro, Justin Buchs, Brennah Kemmerly, Heidi Kobara, Jenny Matteucci, Christian Mendoza, Melissa Padilla, John Rinaldi, Samantha Sandy, Marlena Segi and Kenny Silberberg.
“Little Women” runs February 21, 22, 28, and March 1 at 7:30 p.m., and February 23 and March 2 at 2 p.m.
General admission is $25, student and seniors are $15. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/553854. The NDNU Theatre is located at 1500 Ralston Avenue in Belmont.
Notre Dame de Namur University is a Catholic, not-for-profit, coeducational institution serving 2,000 traditional aged and adult students from diverse backgrounds. Established in 1851, by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, NDNU maintains a strong commitment to academic excellence, social justice and community engagement. The university is fully accredited and offers 37 undergraduate, graduate and credential programs. The historic, 50-acre campus is located on the San Francisco Peninsula in Silicon Valley. For more information, visit www.ndnu.edu.
Claire Karoly Ard