by Amy Doeun
In February, the Rush City High School theater department conducted auditions for the all-school play, “Little Women.” On April 29 and 30, the community had the opportunity to enjoy the fruits of the students’ labors.
“‘Little Women’ has long been one of my favorite novels,” director Rachel Bigelow said of the play.
She also had the opportunity to play Amy in her school’s version of the play.
“However, the depth and importance of the story goes far beyond my personal connection to it,” she said.
Although Louisa May Alcott originally penned the tale in 1868, there are many themes that are still relatable today. The character of Jo is well ahead of her time. The idea that a woman could deny marriage and instead follow her own dreams was unheard of when this story was written. She provides a poignant example of how capable women are, a theme which reminds people of the important contributions women today make to society.
Maggie Biermaier portrayed as Jo, a young woman who has both high ideals and doesn’t mind teasing her younger sisters mercilessly.
“This is a tale about family,” Bigelow said. “Through trials and tribulation, joy and sadness, the March family shows us how truly special this bond can be.”
Shelby Holmstrom played Amy, the youngest of the four sisters, youthful and innocent, who, while trying to keep up with her older sisters, doesn’t always demonstrate the level of maturity she would like.
Abigail Novick played Beth, the demure, gentle younger sister who helps to inspire the family and keep them all together.
Olivia Erdman had some of the best facial expressions of the play. She played Meg, the older sister who dreams of being married, much to Jo’s distaste, who would rather have the family stay together.
Angel Martinez as Marmee and Allissa Thayer as Hannah projected a gentle and mature influence over the proceedings of the March home.