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"Little Women" follows four sisters over the course of a year, from Christmas to Christmas. Coastal Repertory Theatre produces a classic that is perfect for the season. Photo courtesy of Joyce Morrell

For many, the holiday season is not complete without a trip to the Coastal Repertory Theatre. This year, the tradition continues with “Little Women,” an adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s coming-of-age novel. Set during the Civil War time period, the story follows sisters Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy, whose lives are a testament to the endurance of family, the power of love, and staying true to oneself.

Following in the tradition Alcott’s first story, the play spans a period of one year, Christmas to Christmas. 

“What a lot of the people might not be aware of is that ‘Little Women’ was published in two parts,” said producer Julie Kline. “The first book spanned a year in the life of the March girls, so Christmas to Christmas, during the Civil War.

“It starts off with the Christmas where they gave their Christmas dinner away,” she continued. “It’s mostly the story of the first part of the novel, where each sister has a sort of thing. One wants to be a writer, Amy wants to be an artist, Beth is very shy. Meg is the more traditional eldest daughter who is just starting to turn her attention toward romance.” 

Many of the thespians got their start in the theater’s children’s program. The acting foundation gained is paying off dividends with this play. 

“We have a fabulous cast of young people. They are just so impressive,” said Kline. “They are all really just so skilled, and they take direction really well. 

“They come prepared,” she continued. “They have a maturity that is so impressive in relation to their performance age. It’s just a delight to watch.” 

In addition to the talented performers and the delightful storyline, Kline has a series of special events planned. 

“On opening (weekend), Sunday, Dec. 2, we are offering pictures with Santa,” she said. “There’s no charge and all are welcome. 

If you’re in town and you want to come get your kids’ picture taken with Santa, anyone who wants to come sit on Santa’s lap can do so between 1 and 2 p.m.

“Also, during the first two weekends, we are encouraging people to bring a donation for Toys for Tots,” she continued. “We also have a family tea planned for Dec. 16 that’s from 1 to 2 p.m. Cost for the family tea is $5 for children 12 and under; $10 for everyone else. 

“Little Women” is scheduled from Nov. 30 through Dec. 23. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit coastalrep.com.

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