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November 21, 2013

'Little Women' in final weekend at Ellicott Creek Playhouse

CITY OF TONAWANDA — “Little Women,” is continuing this weekend, produced by the Niagara Regional Theatre Guild, formerly the Niagara Falls Little Theatre, Western New York’s oldest theatre group since 1923.

The production, which closes on Sunday, is directed by Dan Zerpa of Buffalo, produced by Carolyn Quigley of Grand Island, with choreography by Dawn Marcolini Newton of Grand Island and music direction by John Panepinto of Buffalo. 

Based on Allan Knee’s book adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic 1869 semi-autobiographical novel, this musical/drama focuses on the four March sisters — brassy, tomboy-like, aspiring writer Jo, romantic Meg, pretentious Amy, and kind-hearted Beth — learning the lessons of life, love, and heartbreak in the shadow of the Civil War era. 

This new musical adaptation of Allan Knee’s book with lyrics by Mindi Dickstein and music by Jason Howland mainly revolves around Jo. 

The musical score includes: “More Than I Am,” “Some Things Are Meant To Be,” “Off To Massachusetts,” “Small Umbrella in the Rain,” and many more.

Starring from Buffalo are Amberly Panepinto as Marmee; Amy Sturmer as Meg March; from Tonawanda: Ashley Fratello as Jo March; Cassandra Grizanti as Beth March; Scott Mackmin as Theodore “Laurie” Lawrence, and M. Joseph Fratello as Mr. John Brooke; from North Tonawanda: Sarah Mullin as Amy March and Jessica Dows as Aunt March; and, from Niagara Falls is Paul Bene as Mr. Lawrence.

The show, which opened in early November, will continue this weekend with shows at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. A 3 p.m. matinee Sunday will be the final performance.

Tickets are $15 presale. At the door and general admission in $18; senior/student with ID $16; children 16 and under $10; and groups of over 15 people and school performances have special pricing. All tickets are available by calling ahead and picking up tickets at the box office or purchasing tickets at the box office the day of the performance. Special benefits and concerts are priced differently.  All shows will be presented at NRTG’s  home at the Ellicott Creek Playhouse on the St. Edmund Campus,  530 Ellicott Creek Road, Tonawanda.  Call 260-2319 or go to NRTG’s website: www.niagaratheatre.com for reservations, tickets for any performance, directions, etc. Mastercard, Vista, Amex, and Discover cards are accepted.  

 

 

 

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