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BTG Presents "Little Women the Musical"

The Beverly Theatre Guild, a community theatre and member of the League of Chicago Theatres, presents their final production of its 2011-2012 Season, “Little Women the Musical.” Based on Louisa May Alcott’s classic semi-autobiographical novel, the story focuses on the four March sisters -- Jo the brassy, tomboy-like, aspiring writer, romantic Meg, pretentious Amy, and kind-hearted Beth -- and their beloved Marmee, at home in Concord, Mass. while the family patriarch is away serving as a Union Army chaplain during the Civil War.

 

Directing” Little Women” is David Zak, founder of Bailiwick Repertory and Artistic Director from 1982 to 2009. Zak is a renowned director, lecturer, and teacher with credits from Chicago to Seoul . He has been awarded numerous Jeff Awards for Direction and Outstanding New Work, and special recognition for fostering diversity in Chicago Theater. He is now an Adjunct Faculty for Roosevelt University , teaching acting to undergrads and grad students, while also directing.

 

Musical Director, Sharon Mason of Evergreen Park, retired from Luther High School as Musical Director, Fine Arts Deptartment Chair, and Assistant Principal and worked with Marist Summer Theatre’s Godspell. She has her MA in Music Education from Roosevelt University .

 

Sig Erber, a long time Beverly/Morgan Park resident, plays Mr. Laurence, a stern elderly man who eventually shows his softer side. His first show with BTG was “The Music Man” in 1966.  He has played many major roles with Beverly Hills University Club, including the King in “The King and I ,” Tevye in “Fiddler on the Roof,” and Daddy Warbucks in “Annie.”  

 

Other Beverly/Morgan Park residents in the production are: Wayne Wendell (Prof. Bhaer) who has been seen on BTG stage as Joseph in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” Pippin in “Pippin,” Rooster in “Annie,” and the dentist in “Little Shop of Horrors,” which won him the Best Performance Award that season; Meg Masarro who has performed in multiple productions, and is cast in “Little Women” as the great aunt ; and Sue Enright who is making her debut on stage in the show’s ensemble.

 

“This show drew some of the best talent we have in our community and we could have cast this production three times over,´said Barbara Moore, BTG Board member and choreographer of the show.

 

Also in the cast are  Kyrie Anderson (Jo) of Hobart, Ind., Lindsay Foreman (Beth) of Oak Lawn, Summar Jonas (Meg) of Chicago, Olivia Landa (Amy)of  Riverside, Lisa Woodruff (Marmee) of Munster, Ind., Kevin Badten (Laurie) of Dyer, Ind., Michael Greenlief (Brooke) of Chicago, and Arlene Tyszkiewicz (Mrs. Kirk) of Oak Lawn.  In the ensemble are Sue Enright (Beverly), Andrea Lynn Fleming (Steger), Jessica Fleming (Steger), Donald Fitzgibbons (Burbank), Nora McKirdie (Oak Lawn), Frankie Scalzi (Chicago Ridge), Brian Whitlock (Chicago Ridge), and Rachel Strolle ( Downers Grove ).

 

Performances of “Little Women the Musical” will be Fri., Apr. 27 and Sat., Apr. 28, 8 p.m., and Sun., Apr. 29, 2 p.m., Baer Theater, Morgan Park Academy Arts Center ,

2153 W. 111th St.
For tickets call 773-284-8497. Group ticket rates available  online at  www.beverlytheatreguild.org.

 

The Beverly Theatre Guild is a not-for-profit organization.