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Sept. 28-Oct. 8: Theatre Mainstage Season Opens with 'Little Women'

Evening and matinee performances are scheduled.

2017-10-09
Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Theatre and Dance News Release, 9-19-2017

Based on Louisa May Alcott's life, “Little Women” follows the adventures of the March sisters, who are, from left in the photo, Beth (Zoe Hartigan), Meg (Ashley D'Lyn Gunn), Jo (Alexis Vencill) and Amy (Katie Van Deinse).

MANKATO – The premise of the 2017-18 Minnesota State University, Mankato Theatre & Dance Mainstage season was easy enough to arrive upon. Six Mainstage productions to choose. The 150th birthday of the University to celebrate (1868-2018). Why not have each production represent one 25-year piece of the University’s history?

The kismet seemed to occur, however, when realizing that there was one very special musical based on a wildly popular book that was published the year the University was founded as the Mankato Normal School in 1868. That musical was “Little Women,” a Minnesota State Mankato premiere opening Sept. 28 in the Ted Paul Theatre.

Based on author Louisa May Alcott’s life, “Little Women” follows the adventures of the March sisters, Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy. Jo is trying to sell her stories for publication, but the publishers are not interested. Her friend, Professor Bhaer, tells her that she has to do better and write more from herself. Begrudgingly taking this advice, Jo weaves the story of herself and her sisters and their experience growing up in Civil War America.

With a beautiful feminist thread running through the text, “Little Women” sets the tone for an exciting political season that will include such productions as “The Aeneid,” “The Diary of Anne Frank,” “1984” and “Ragtime.” And, of course, to throw in some extra fun at the end, “Bye Bye Birdie” closes out the Mainstage season with a third musical extravaganza.

“Little Women” runs 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28-30 and Oct. 5-7; and 2 p.m. Oct. 7 and 8 in the Ted Paul Theatre, Earley Center for Performing Arts, Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Tickets are $22 regular; $19 for seniors ages 65 and older, children under 16 and groups of 15 or more; and $15 for Minnesota State Mankato students.

Season tickets for all six Mainstage productions are on sale for $100 through Oct. 8. Visit the Box Office in the lobby of the Performing Arts Center 4-6 p.m. weekdays or call 507-389-6663.

Contact Amanda Dyslin at 507-389-6663, or amanda.dyslin@mnsu.edu for more information.

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