I must be the only female my age in this country that never read Little Women. I've never even seen the movies. But that didn't stop me from enjoying "Little Women: The Musical" last night at the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Performing Arts.
This was not the first time I've walked the halls of this school, but it was the first time I did it after hours. The effect was the same. Apparently, grouping a bunch of very talented teenagers in one space generates enough energy to light a small city! Lehigh Valley is lucky to have such a specialized learning facility.
The show was thoroughly entertaining. As expected, the cast seemed quite comfortable on stage; after all, it's not just an extra-curricular activity for these kids.They played the Civil War era characters so well it was difficult picturing them texting, which I'm sure they do on a regular basis.
As I mentioned before, I love musicals. The 22 songs performed during "Little Women" carried the story line beautifully, especially when delivered by such angelic voices. With so many people involved in this production I feel bad singling out some favorites, but here goes...
Emily Mest (Jo March) She owned this lead role. Remember the name, you'll be hearing it at award dinners in the future. I'd put money on it.
Luke Jones (Professor Bhaer)In addition to playing a reasonably convincing older-than-dirt 35-year-old, he has by far the best self-written bio I've ever read. No further clues here...just go to the show and get the program to read it for yourself.
Kelly Minner (the director)I had the pleasure of speaking with her pre-show and was amazed how calm she was until I saw the show and realized it was sheer confidence in her cast.
The show only runs three more times as I write this: Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Catch it, if you can, and let me know what you think.