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The Olean Theatre Workshop very proudly announces its next production, LITTLE WOMEN, to be staged at Olean Theatre Workshop on Thursday, February 7 through Sunday, February 10. Evening curtain is 7:30 pm and Sunday matinee is 2:30 pm. Tickets will be available at, by calling 373-SHOW(7469) or at the door for $10 each.

LITTLE WOMEN A PLAY IN THREE ACTS by John D. Ravold, from the novel by  Louisa May Alcott

     This version of the play is written by John D. Ravold and remains true to the beloved classic by Louisa May Alcott. There is, of course, the model of motherhood, Marmee, giving wise counsel to her four girls, Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy.  The curmudgeon, Aunt March, is crotchety, yet with a soft heart, giving advice. Jo, again is the writer, beloved sister to Beth;  Meg is rather vain and wishes for a good marriage and pretty things; Beth, always cheerful yet fading in this life, and Amy, the rather spoiled, but very interesting youngest. Mr. March is at the battlegrounds of the Civil War, acting as chaplain, as he was too old to serve. There are of course, Laurie, the boy next door, grandson to Mr. Laurence; Mr. Brook, Laurie's tutor, and the darling Professor Bhaer, who falls in love with Jo. 

    In the beginning of the play, the girls are getting ready to celebrate Christmas and bemoaning their state of being poor. The Christmas play is being readied by Jo, who teaches Amy how to faint. A letter comes from the Front, and Marmee must go to her husband, who has been struck ill. Of course, Jo makes the ultimate sacrifice of her hair, to help buy the ticket. Her one vanity, Jo bemoans, which makes her even more precious to her family. The years pass by, and many of the well-remembered chapters of the novel are dramatized in this play. At this point,  the writer of this article will add that the death of Beth is handled with great care - Act Two she is with the family, and in Act Three she is not. This is an excellent production to bring children to, as the costumes will be lovely, the set period perfect and the story, well, the story never grows old. This writer well remember the Junior version she read at age 7, and how it whetted her appetite for the full version. Classics are still the basics of our literary knowledge, and this is a fine way to introduce the young to this story.

    Our cast is comprised of Sarita Swindler as Marmee, Lydia Brant as Jo, Jazlynn Knapp as Meg, Yasmine Arabaty as Beth, Grace Ventura as Amy, Sam Ursoy as Laurie Lawrence, Bill Taggerty as Patriarch Mr. March, Steve Ahl as Mr. Brook, Andrew LaBorde as Professor Bhaer and Sandy Mulryan as Aunt March. The four sisters are all OTW students, as is Laurie. Steve and Mckenzie were students at OTW, and our own Helen Hayes is Sandy Mulryan, who played Aunt March when her son, Patrick, was Laurie! It is directed by Mckenzie Forrest and stage-managed by Patti Gulnac. LITTLE WOMEN is going to be another sold-out show, so please get your tickets early. Again, the best way to have security about seating is a Season Ticket. That is a definite possibility to consider for the upcoming 2019-2020 season. See you at the show!

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     There have always been discussions about the favorite March sister - Jo, Meg, Beth or Amy? Most select Jo, because she is based on Louisa May Alcott, and is the adventurous tomboy. Jo was an interesting renegade and definitely ahead of her time. There are those who favor Meg, whose liking for pretty things and a family, not to mention her kind and patient manner, make her very popular. Beth is rarely mentioned, though this writer has a great fondness for her because of the way she presents an example of acceptance and charity. Amy is fun, and often selected, as she is vain, self-centered and wants what she wants when she wants it! Many of us could admit to having similar feelings. It will be interesting to see how Olean Theatre Workshop's "March Sisters" interpret their characters. The novel LITTLE WOMEN has come to the screen 7 times with a new one planned for release in late 2019. The modernized version was released in 2018 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the publication of the novel. There were two silent versions, one in 1917 and one in 1918. There have been TV versions and a wonderful musical.  All of the actresses portrayed the sisters with their own insight. One thing is for certain, even in 2019, many people still know who Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy are in literary history. Louisa May Alcott gave us a gift so long ago that is still treasured today. 

35 Years and Going Strong

     From the beginning of the Kids Programs and Olean Theatre Workshop, there has always been a huge involvement with the Olean community and outlying areas. The first Kids Performance was presented in the fall of 1983 at the Olean Public Library and later staged at the Olean Community Center. The cast consisted of children,age 6-17, and they presented songs, dances and stories based on children's books.  There were also presentations at the Garret Theatre at SBU. A dinner theatre was held at the Castle Restaurant with children involved in a musical review for the first act, and then ONLY A FARMER'S DAUGHTER headlined the second part of the evening. The proceeds from the event were equally donated to Olean General Hospital and St. Francis Hospital. The early years of OTW often involved our kids being involved in church services, musical concerts at the school, and the Santa Claus Parade. They performed for a St. Bonaventure class studying Children's Literature. A perfect match, it would seem, our community and OTW. Be watching in future newsletters for little tidbits about our past,and, of course our future.  Again, we thank the community and the individuals who have so graciously supported us through the years. Without your care, interest, and support, we would not be publishing this newsletter today. To be entrusted with the future - your children and grandchildren - is all that OTW seeks. To be even more vital as we go gracefully into our 36th year is a wonderful prize. We are humbled and honored. Thank you.  To all of you belong the Stage Bow!
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