Tue09162014

Stepping Out

TheatreWorks' "Little" musical opens Saturday


Tracy Martin/Special to the Town Crier
The cast of TheatreWorks’ “Little Women” stars Justin Buchs (as John Brooke) and Sharon Rietkerk (Meg).

The TheatreWorks production of “Little Women” is slated to preview today through Friday, open Saturday and run through Jan. 4 at Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

Based on Louisa May Alcott’s beloved book, the musical debuted on Broadway in 2005.

Set in mid-1800s New England, the story centers on the four precocious March sisters – feisty aspiring writer Jo, traditional Meg, soft-spoken Beth and vivacious Amy – on their exuberant journey of personal discovery, romance, heartbreak and enduring sisterhood.

The TheatreWorks cast includes Elizabeth Ward (as mother Marmee), Emily Koch (Jo), Sharon Rietkerk (Meg), Julia Belanoff (Beth) and Palo Alto native Arielle Fishman (Amy). Robert Kelley, founding artistic director of TheatreWorks, directs the play.

Previews are scheduled 8 p.m. today through Friday, as is Saturday’s opening show. Future performances are slated 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays (except Dec. 24, 25 and 31 and Jan. 1), 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays. Additional shows are set for 7:30 p.m. Dec. 23 and 30, and 2 p.m. Dec. 26 and 31 and Jan. 3.

Tickets are $19-$79.

For tickets and more information, call 463-1960 or visit theatreworks.org.

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