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April 12, 2011 > Theatre Review: Little Women

Theatre Review: Little Women

By Lauren Dunn

American High School Performing Arts has brought to the stage Louisa May Alcott's timeless classic "Little Women." As we journey through the lives of the March sisters, their family dynamics are exposed through rich performances by a talented cast.

Musical numbers illuminate Jo March's (Katy Patterson) path towards self-discovery. Senior Katy Patterson delivers an abundance of talent with her infectious energy and determined spirit. Each sister is able to feed off Patterson's emotion and capture the essence of their characters.

Devon Simpson is the feisty Amy March whose transformation is not only represented through costuming but the maturation of her characters attitude. As the eldest daughter, Meg March (Shefali Deshpande) embodies a kind figure, willing to listen to the triumphs and failures of her sister. Beth March (Kamille Parungao) serves as a repository of strength for her sisters. Harmonization of the sisters' voices throughout their musical numbers is enchanting.

The story is enriched by details of the set. Books are used in the place of a staircase, leading to Jo's attic. Representative of both the novel and the stories Jo hopes to pen. The elaborate costuming adds to the plotline. Costuming helps to distinguish the changing seasons and reflects development within each sister's character.

This musical has many moments filled with magic. Numbers such as "Here Alone" by Marmmee (Jordan Jolly) and "Some Things Are Meant To Be" by Beth (Parungao) and Jo (Patterson) evoke strong emotions; audiences will be enthralled.

Troy River has directed a magnificent production that all ages can appreciate and will enjoy viewing.

Little Women
April 14, 15, 16
7 p.m.
American High School
Theater 70
36300 Fremont Blvd., Fremont
General Admission: $12, Students and seniors $10
Tickets and Info: (510) 796-1776 x57702

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