Kentwood Players - Coming Soon
Little Women

Music by Jason Howland
Lyrics by Mindi Dickstein
Book by Allan Knee
Based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott
Directed by Jennifer Richardson
Produced by Rocky Miller and Victoria Miller and Jeremy Palmer
November 15 – December 21, 2019
LITTLE WOMEN is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI)

Louisa May Alcott’s classic story of the adventures of the four March sisters is brought to vivid musical life in Little Women. The story follows the lives, loves and tribulations of the sisters growing up during the American Civil War. Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy live in Concord, Massachusetts with their Marmee while their father is on the battlefield. Filled with adventure (both lived and imagined), heartbreak, and a deep sense of hope, the struggle of these “Little Women” to find their own voices mirrors the growing pains of a young America. With buoyant, joyful melodies, memorable characters, and a big-hearted message, Little Women reminds us that “sometimes when you dream, your dreams come true.”

The Character Breakdown is: Kentwood Players is committed to diverse, inclusive casting. Performers of all ethnicities, races, gender identities and ages are encouraged to audition. Little Women is a memory play, so while the March sisters and Laurie are in their teens and early twenties, we will also consider actors in their twenties-thirties for those roles.

Meg March
age 21-30 The oldest March sister. She works as a governess. Meg is world-weary, yet hopeful, and she yearns for a great life. She falls in love with and marries Mr. John Brooke. Moderate dancing. Strong singer, able to hold harmonies with a vocal range top
Jo March
age 18-28 The protagonist and driving force of Little Women. The second oldest sister, Jo is passionate, adventurous, and brave. She loves her family deeply, and yet is fiercely independent and ambitious. She rebels against having to wear dresses and “behave” like women and girls of her time. She dreams of becoming a famous writer. Jo is based on the author of the classic novel Little Women, Louisa May Alcott. She eventually falls in love with Professor Bhaer, who sees her and wants her to be herself. Moderate dancing. Powerhouse singer with a vocal range top
Beth March
age 17-25 The second youngest sister who tragically dies of Scarlet Fever. She is a sweet and kind peace-maker and optimist who always encourages her sisters to dream. She loves music and plays the piano. (The actor who plays Beth does not have to know how to play piano.) Moderate dancing. Strong singer, able to hold harmonies with a vocal range top
Amy March
age 16-21 The youngest sister – Amy is energetic with a rather pompous air about her. She is a passionate artist who enjoys visual beauty and is given to fits of pouting, temper and vanity. She ends up falling in love with and marrying Laurie. Moderate dancing. Strong singer, able to hold harmonies with a vocal range top
Marmee March
age 40-55 The girls’ mother. She is the strong backbone of the family who is bravely and lovingly raising her four daughters and generously helping poor neighbors while her husband is at war. Strong singer, able to hold harmonies with a vocal range top
Aunt March
age 60-80 The girls’ grand-aunt. She is a formidable, overbearing, wealthy socialite who wants to make Jo conform to societies expectations of her. She eventually takes Amy under her wing. Though crotchety and impatient, she loves her nieces and wants the best for them. Strong singer with a vocal range top
Professor Bhaer
age 30-35 A German Professor who lives in Mrs. Kirk’s boarding house and eventually falls in love with Jo, accepting her for all of who she is. Strong singer, baritone with a vocal range top
Laurie Laurence
age 18-23 The bright-eyed, optimistic boy next door who is the same age as Jo. Laurie is charming, but initially shy and becomes like a brother to the March sisters. He has a big heart and initially loves Jo, but later falls in love with Amy. Moderate dancing. Strong singer, able to hold harmonies with a vocal range top
Mr. Laurence
age 55-75 Laurie’s grandfather and the Marches’ next-door neighbor. Mr. Laurence is seen as a stiff and stern elderly man, but he eventually reveals his softer side in a sweet, Grandfatherly relationship with Beth. Baritone.
Mr. John Brooke
age 25-35 Laurie’s tutor and a stiff man who initially shows very little emotion but is capable of showing great emotion. He falls in love with and marries Meg. Strong singer, able to hold harmonies with a vocal range top
Mrs. Kirk
A middle-aged Irish woman who runs the boarding house in NYC where Jo and Professor Bhaer live. (May be played by the actor who plays Aunt March.)
There are two plays-within-a-play where Jo describes her book, An Operatic Tragedy to Professor Bhaer and Mrs. Kirk. We will cast an ensemble for these roles. This group will be integral to telling the rest of our story, too, as they will help move it along in key moments as dancers, skaters, party-goers, beach-goers, etc. All are singing roles.
  • Clarissa – the ingenue heroine
  • Braxton – the villain
  • Roderigo – the hero
  • Roderigo 2 – Clarissa’s sister who is disguised as Roderigo
  • Troll
  • Hag
  • Knight
Watch the Audition page for audition details.

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