CARBONDALE, Ill. — Singing, dancing and merriment will burst onto the stage at the McLeod Theater in early December as the University of Illinois Carbondale School of Theater and Dance perform ‘Little Women, the Broadway Musical,’ from December 8 to 11.
Performances of the musical adaptation of the classic American novel featuring the March sisters and the young men in their lives will take place at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, December 8-10, with a matinee at 2 p.m. on Sunday, December 11 .
HD Motyl, acting director of the School of Theater and Dance, said Little Women is the thesis production for three MFA candidates in theater – Jorrey Calvo, the lighting designer; Danielle Sulfies, the costume designer, and Matt Logan, the technical director.
“If you’ve seen a show at the McLeod Theater or the Christian H. Moe Theater in the past three years, you’ve probably seen some of their work,” Motyl said. “This show is the culmination of their study and creative research into our MFA program, and will likely be their best work yet.”
Notable Performance Features
Motyl said the opening night show (December 8) will include an interpretive performance for the deaf. Before the morning of December 11, Jane Elizabeth Dougherty, associate professor and director of writing studies at the School of Literature, Writing, and Digital Humanities, who teaches “Little Women” in one of her classes, will discuss the book and American femininities.
Bill Kincaid, SIU Theater alumnus and former faculty member, Western Illinois University faculty member emeritus, directs the performance. Angela Shultz, assistant professor of practice, SIU School of Music, is the musical director, and the show’s choreographer is Darryl Clark, assistant professor, School of Theater and Dance. Matthew Crane, who is based in Denver, Colorado, is a guest set designer. Crane has worked for the Colorado Shakespeare Company, the Vintage Theater and the New School, Motyl said.
The production is part of the School of Drama and Dance 2022-23 season. All performances will take place at the McLeod Theatre, located in the Communications Building. Individual tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors, and $8 for students.