2009-05-07 / Front Page

JCT play brings classic story to life

Get your tickets now for 'Little Women'
By Eileen M. Daly

Georgia Wright, left, Camille Baker and Jenna Regan, seated, rehearse for the Jamestown Community Theatre's production of "Little Women." Georgia Wright, left, Camille Baker and Jenna Regan, seated, rehearse for the Jamestown Community Theatre's production of "Little Women." The Jamestown Community Theater's production of "Little Women" opens Friday, May 15, at the Jamestown Recreation Center.

Lisa Kerr, the production's director, said that family members and volunteers play a big role in getting a production off the ground. It is the theater's tradition to make sure that everyone who auditions gets a part, Kerr said, and not just a part "stuffed back in the chorus somewhere, but an actual speaking part." For this production, that works out to 29 actors playing 29 roles. And, that means a big need for teamwork.

Producer Lisa Brown concurred with Kerr's assessment. "It is a community effort all the way around," she said, pointing out that the Jamestown Community Theater only charges participants $25 whereas some theaters charge as much as $300 per person.

"Theater builds confidence and allows people to do things they wouldn't otherwise do," Brown said. Because of that, she said, the company is more interested in having everyone who wants to participate included rather than in making a profit.

"We just hope to break even," Brown said. As the show's producer, Brown is directly involved in all of the details that will ultimately get the show up and running, including organizing parent volunteers. "Ev- eryone is a volunteer," Brown said, "and every parent is involved with a committee."

It is not only parents and family members, however, who volunteer their time and efforts, Brown said. There are a numerous people in the community who support the theater even when they don't have family members in the current production, she said. Matt Bolles, for instance, volunteered his services as a musician for this show. Other community volunteers include Phyllis Bedard of Trattoria Simpatico and Tony Gutierrez.

"Somehow everything gets done," Brown said, "and the community makes it happen."

Due to the number of actors involved in the production, several of roles had to be created. This is a fairly common occurrence for the JCT and it makes for a unique production, Kerr said. The play, based on the book of the same name by Louisa May Alcott, follows the tragedies and triumphs of the March sisters. In order to accommodate the additional participants, however, a number of fables written by Alcott have been weaved into the production, Kerr said.

Kerr wrote in the extra parts from the fables, according to Brown. "The way it was worked into the play was by having Jo, the lead character, sit down at her writing desk and begin to talk; the scene then comes to life," Brown said.

A dynamic trio of musicians adds another unique feature to this production according to Kerr and Brown. The live acoustic trio is comprised of musicians Matt Bolles on guitar, and Judy Bolles and Hilary Hartlaub on violin. The group performs lively 19th century dance and folk music throughout the production.

"Little Women" promises to be both a celebration of Jamestown's exceptional community as well as a lively and entertaining production.

Performances are Friday and Saturday, May 15 and 16, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, May 16, and 17, at 2 p.m.

All performances are held at the Jamestown Recreation Center, 41 Conanicus Ave. in Jamestown.

Advance tickets for students and seniors are $7 and $12 for adults.

Tickets purchased at the door are $10 for students and seniors and $15 for adults. Advance tickets may be purchased in Jamestown at Baker's Pharmacy, Conanicut Marine Ship's Store and The Secret Garden, in Newport at Pleasant Surprise and in Wickford at Midnight Sun.

For more information, call 423- 2121.

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