If you go
What: "Little Women"
When: 8 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday
Where: Kanawha Players Theater, 309 Beauregard St.
Tickets: $16 for adults, $10 for children and students
Info: www.kanawhaplayers.org or 304-343-7529
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Kanawha Players timed a stage version of Louisa May Alcott's classic story, "Little Women" quite nicely with the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War.
Though set in that time and woven with the heartache of men going off to war, "Little Women" also is a timeless tale of sisterhood.
The production that opens tonight is a portion of Alcott's novel, which actually was published in two volumes and was followed by two sequels.
In this version, we see only the women of the March family and a snapshot of their life together. We see none of the men from Alcott's novel, nor does all of the heartache play out.
So Haley Lambert, who plays gentle sister Beth, doesn't actually die in the show, as Beth did in the book.
"It's implied that she will die," explained the 14-year-old eighth-grader.
Haley, who has played in numerous community theater productions, admits she hasn't actually read the original "Little Women," though she owns it and fully intends to once she's finished with the show. In fact, most of the actresses say they have not read the full novel.
Haley did watch the movie version starring Winona Ryder, Clare Danes, Kirsten Dunst and Trini Alvarado as the sisters.
"I loved that movie," she said, adding that playing Beth is an interesting proposition for her because Beth is so shy.
"I am not shy at all. I guess that's good because it helps develop your acting skills," she said.