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  • Fort Osage presents 'Little Women' as a musical

  • Molly Ingram loves the character of Marmee in Fort Osage High School’s production of “Little Women.”



    “She is a woman who works at keeping her whole family together. She never shows her emotions to her children, so they don’t know how hard it really is for her while her husband is away,” she said.

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  • Molly Ingram loves the character of Marmee in Fort Osage High School’s production of “Little Women.”
    “She is a woman who works at keeping her whole family together. She never shows her emotions to her children, so they don’t know how hard it really is for her while her husband is away,” she said. “I adore Marmee. I hope that when I am a mother I am just like her, leading my family in that same loving and disciplining way.”
    The musical version of “Little Women” is based on Lousia May Alcott's 1869 classic. It focuses on the four March sisters - Jo, Meg, Amy and Beth and their mother, Marmee. The family patriarch is away serving in the Civil War. In addition to following the lives of the five women, several re-creations of Jo’s short stories are presented throughout the production.
    “Little Women” is at 7 p.m. today, Friday at Saturday at Fort Osage High School, 2101 N. Twyman Road. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under.
    Jeannie Hutter, theater director at Fort Osage, said she chosen “Little Women” because she had a good group of senior girls to play the predominately female cast. She said this was a way she could showcase that talent.
    “I think they are al doing very well with this musical,” she said. “It is very challenging because a lot of character development is involved. But I am impressed with what they have done with it.”
    Junior Elizabeth Hupp plays Jo March, an incredibly outgoing woman with huge dreams. Hupp said she likes the quirky character because there is a lot of Jo in herself.
    “I love the fact that Jo is so similar to me. It is easier to relate to her,” she said. “I love to see the bond between these sisters. They are so close, and it is great to see that interaction.”
    Senior Tyler Arndt plays Laurie, an awkward, quirky young man who develops feelings for the March sisters. Arndt said he enjoys playing awkward characters because there is more opportunity to make them his own.
    “My favorite scene is the ballroom scene when Laurie has his first real chance to talk to Jo. I think it shows his awkwardness the most, which is a lot of fun,” he said. “I think the audience will like the fun, the serious and the heartfelt relationships in the show. There is a lot of emotion, which makes it fun to watch.”
     
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