Huntington, Ind.—Huntington College Theatre will present “Little Women,” a Family Christmas Theatre Production directed by Paula Trimpey, at the Merillat Centre for the Arts Studio Theatre December 6-8. Performances will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, 9 p.m. on Friday, and 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday.
This timeless classic, presented in a Victorian Christmas setting, includes twelve cast members. The production will not portray the entire story of Louisa May Alcott’s “Little Women,” - the classic which portrays the life of four sisters, Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy - but will present a few of the events of the story.
Director Paula Trimpey, Assistant Professor of Theatre at Huntington College, has directed the play with a young audience in mind. “Whether you are young at heart or young in age, the play should be an enjoyable light-hearted evening of theatre.”
“As director, I’ve chosen to present the play as though the audience were looking at Louisa May Alcott’s family photo album,” continued Trimpey. “Just as we would take pictures of the memorable events in our lives, Louisa May Alcott has done the same with her story of ‘Little Women.’”
Prof. Mike Burnett joins Trimpey behind the scenes as the Technical Director. Scott Grinstead, a sophomore Theatre-Performance major from Dunbar, W.V., serves at the Props Master; Sarah Stanek, a senior Theatre-Performance/Music double major from Indianapolis, Ind., is the Stage Manager; Josh Scott, a freshman Theatre-Design/Technology major from Eagle, Wis., is the Assistant Stage Manager; and Evelyn White, a junior Theatre-Performance/English double major from Knox, Ind., serves as the Student Costume Designer.
Trimpey joined the HC Theatre faculty roster in 2000. She earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Theatre Costume Design from Wayne State University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Messiah College. She is currently working on a Masters in Religion through Concordia Theological Seminary. Trimpey taught theatre for eight years at Dixie College in Utah, and prior to that was the Costume Shop Manager at Pomona College in California. She enjoys spending her summers as a Cutter/Draper for the Utah Shakespearean Festival in Cedar City, Utah (which incidentally won a Tony Award as the best regional theatre in the country).
Tickets will go on sale to the public Monday, November 26, through the Merillat Centre Box Office. Call 219/359-4261 to reserve tickets. Cost is $5 for adults and $4 for students and seniors.
Theatre performance and theatre design/technology are among nearly 50 academic concentrations available at Huntington College. US News and World Report ranks Huntington College among the best liberal arts colleges in the Midwest. Founded in 1897, the four-year, Christian college is located on a contemporary campus in Huntington, Ind.
The cast for “Little Women” includes:
JO: Rachel Tinon, a freshman English major from Pataskala, Ohio
MEG: Lynda Barnum, a sophomore English Education major from Drexel Hill, Pa.
BETH: Bridget Earles, a freshman Theatre-Performance major from Findlay, Ohio
AMY: Jennifer Soper, a sophomore Biology Pre-Med major from Bassett, Wis.
MARMEE: Elizabeth Swart, a sophomore English Education major from Harbert, Mich.
AUNT MARCH: Jessica Abbot, a junior Elementary Education major from Roanoke, Ind.
HANNAH: Jill Johnson, a senior Elementary Education major from Huntington, Ind.
LAURIE: Noah Varness, a freshman Theatre-Performance major from Morris, Ill.
FATHER: Daniel Olson, a freshman Theatre-Performance/Oral Communication double major
from Shullsburg, Wis.
FRIEND: Lynette Lambert, a freshman Theatre-Performance major from Bluffton, Ind.
FRIEND: Megan McFadden, a freshman Business major from Mentone, Ind.
FRIEND: Katie Piehl, a junior Broadcast Communication major from Lima, Ohio
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