‘Little Women’ the Broadway musical to debut in Temecula in January

Reanne Acasio stars as Jo in the Barn Stage Company’s production of “Little Women.” Courtesy photo

TEMECULA – The Barn Stage Company, in association with Temecula Presents, announced the cast of the Tony-nominated Broadway musical “Little Women.” Based on Louisa May Alcott’s classic 1869 novel, the show, which has a book by Allan Knee, lyrics by Mindi Dickstein and music by Jason Howland, premiered on the Old Town Temecula Community Theater stage, Jan. 11 and runs through Jan. 21. The theater is located at 42051 Main Street, in Temecula. For tickets, call (866) 653-8696 or visit www.TheBarnStagecompany.com.

Set against the backdrop of Civil War, aspiring writer Jo hides from life’s difficulties in her attic and pens stories of adventure. With her father away, Jo and her sisters must learn to negotiate love, loss and life under the ever-loving watch of their beloved Marmee. But despite tragedy and heartbreak, the March sisters discover that in reality the true adventure is life itself. Based loosely on her own life and her relationship with her family, Louisa May Alcott wrote the books that have inspired millions of children to challenge stereotypes. This much-loved musical adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel is suitable for all the family and reminds audiences that sometimes when people dream, their dreams come true. The original Broadway production opened in 2005 with Tony Award-winner Sutton Foster as Jo. The show features the popular female audition song “Astonishing,” as well as other numbers including “Better,” “Some Things are Meant to Be” and “Days of Plenty.”

The March sisters, Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy, will be played by Reanne Acasio, originally from the Philippines, “Heathers the Musical” at OnStage Playhouse, “(w)holeness” at San Diego Repertory Theatre; Sydney Rose Hover, a recent transfer from Dallas, Texas, “Dogfight,” “Godspell,” “Proof;” Katie Perry of “Pirates of Penzance,” “Beauty & The Beast,” “Thoroughly Modern Millie” and Olivia Hodson of “The Fantasticks” at Scripps Ranch Theater, “Fiddler on the Roof” and “My Fair Lady” at the Welk Resorts Theater.

The cast also includes Joshua David Cavanaugh of “First Date” and “Pump Up The Volume” at San Diego Musical Theater, “Light in the Piazza” at Finger Lakes Musical Theater as Professor Bhaer; Eloise Coopersmith as Aunt March, “The Full Monty,” “Company” and “Mary Poppins;” Ethan Park as John Brooke, “Peter and the Starcatcher,” “Phantom,” “The Last Five Years;” Drew Bradford as Laurie, “Cabaret” at Ion, “On the Twentieth Century” at Cygnet, “The Fantasticks;” John George Campbell as Mr. Laurence, “South Pacific,” “Titanic the Musical” and “Sunset Boulevard” at Moonlight and Susan Jordan DeLeon joins the cast as Marmee, “Beauty & The Beast” and “Next to Normal.”

“Little Women” will be birected by J. Scott Lapp, who returns to The Barn Stage Company and Southern California after spending the past year working around the U.S. with multiple regional theaters. He most recently served as the associate director on the world premiere of “The Prince of Egypt” at Theatreworks Silicon Valley. The creative team for “Little Women” includes Bill Brown as conductor and musical director. He is a veteran musical director who works as the lead vocal director for Celebrity Cruises as well as serving as the resident musical director at Millbrook Playhouse in Pennsylvania. Chelsea Nicole Lapp, the choreographer, returns to The Barn Stage Company after choreographing “Peter & The Starcatcher” and “Camelot in Concert.” The design team includes Joel Britt as lighting design, costume design by Janet Pitcher, makeup and hair design by Kiana Miskel. Sheila Furtado provides the props, and Sarah Hughes serves as the stage manager. The casting director is Evan D’Angeles.

“Little Women” begins previews Thursday, Jan. 11; opening night is scheduled 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12, and the show runs through Sunday, Jan. 21. To purchase tickets or for more information, call the Old Town Temecula Community Theater box office at (866) 653-8696, visit www.TheBarnStageCompany.com, www.TemeculaTheater.org,. The Old Town Temecula Community Theater is located at 42051 Main Street in the heart of Old Town Temecula.

Tickets are $30 for children 12 and under in all sections. Tickets for adults are $30 – $40 depending on the seating area. Group discounts available for 10 or more. Call the box office at (866) 653-8696 or visit www.TemeculaTheater.org. For more information, visit www.TheBarnStageCompany.com.

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