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When the Artistic Committee approached me about directing Little Women, I was in the midst of preparing for last season’s The Trip to Bountiful. Even though I was worried about taking on another production so soon, I could not say no. In fact, I jumped at the opportunity.
Louisa May Alcott’s largely biographical book, Little Women, is one of my favorite novels. As a young girl who dreamed of becoming a writer and an actress, I found a kindred spirit in Jo March. As an adult, as I have read the book to my own children, I have discovered that I have much in common with the character of Marmee as well.
It has been a wonderful journey bringing this beloved story to the Barnstormers stage. From choosing the script, to finding this amazing cast, to working with my talented, dedicated crew, this production has been a true labor of love. We believe Little Women sends a message of love and family that is just right for the holiday season. Thank you for joining us as we travel to the 19th century for a look at these four brave, funny, intelligent and compassionate “little women.” And Merry Christmas!
Rayn Harris - Meg
Rayn Harris started her theater career her junior year of high school. She first worked backstage crew for West Side Story, and then became a stage manager for The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940. Her first role was as a chorus member in How to Succeed in Business Without Really trying, then a small role in a one act, Bobby's Brian. This is her first principle role and she is forever grateful to Tricia for giving her this wonderful opportunity. She would also like to thank her friends and family for their support.
Madeline Highbarger - Amy
At the age of seventeen, Madeline Highbarger has been in the theater community her whole life, though the role of Amy is her first lead. Madeline leads a busy life, attending Rogue Community College full time for a medical degree, doing classical ballet twice a week, and working at Cary's of Oregon. Madeline thanks you for coming to see this production of Little Women!
Agatha Robinson - Beth
Agatha Robinson is very excited to be performing the role of Beth March. “Little Women” has long been a favorite book of hers, and she finds herself to be very much like Beth in her own family. She and her three sisters are often compared to the March girls. This is her first theater production, and she is extremely grateful for this opportunity to fulfill a childhood dream of being in Little Women. Agatha is passionate about music and loves to play and teach piano. She also plays guitar, bamboo flute, accordion, and a few other instruments.
Amelia Caldwell - Jo
Amelia is relatively new to the theater world, but she is just as much a junkie as the rest of her lovely cast members. You may have seen her in One Eleven's Cinderella or Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, or in Barnstormers’ Tomatoes. In her limited free time, Amelia enjoys reading, writing, showing her Netherland Dwarf rabbits, and eating copious amounts of delicious cheese. She aspires to be a noted fiction author, preferably in the not-to-distant future.
Jennifer Parsons - Marmee
Jennifer is returning to the theater after a short absence. She began her theater experience with Barnstormers and one of her favorite characters, Mrs. Beaver from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Other memorable roles include One Eleven Evelyn's first production, Romeo and Juliet (Nurse), Mrs. Darling in Peter Pan, and Mrs. Zuckerman in Charlotte's Web. Jennifer is a middle school teacher at Lincoln Savage. She enjoys crafts, yard sales, and the Portland Timbers. You can find her on cold winter and warm summer nights curled up with her fur babies and a good book.
Julie Imhof - Hannah
Julie feels so fortunate to be a part of Little Women and this incredible team of actors. To say it is a privilege to be working with Tricia Drevets and her colleagues Janine Contreras and Ruth Sears would be a massive understatement. You may have seen Julie as Aida in Over the River and Through the Woods, part of the “Scrooge the Musical” ensemble, or in 70 Girls 70. The bug has certainly bitten her! Sit back, revisit your youth, and enjoy this classic tale brilliantly presented.
Midge Greentree - Aunt March
Midge finds bit roles simply delicious. She enjoys cooking up exaggerated and even outrageous characters, adding a dash of humor, and garnishing them with both foreign and domestic accents. She welcomes you to dig in and enjoy.
Aaron Garber - Laurie
Aaron Garber is a young actor fresh out of California! He will soon be attending Southern Oregon University and studying performing arts. Some of his recent credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Bottom) Young Frankenstein (Igor) and Death of a Salesman (Happy). In his spare time, he enjoys helping old ladies cross the street and badly interpreting Braille to blind people.
Richard Haack - Mr. Laurence
Richard has played many roles on the Barnstormers stage over a period of many years. He always feels that is it a special time whenever the opportunity to be in a play comes along. It is always a joy to work on a play with cast and crew, whether they are new to the stage or experienced. It is always special to explore and become a new character.
Frank Mertus III - Mr. Brooke
Frank is relatively new to theater, but has hit the ground running, having already been in several plays. He was a ticket man in The Trip to Bountiful and he went on to be Werewolf and Dracula in Young Frankenstein. He also played as Dr. Gorilla in Locomotion, Commotion, Dr. Gorilla and Me. Frank is really excited to be playing John Brooke and hopes you all enjoy the show.
Shauna Stewart - Society Lady//Mrs. Moffet/Mrs. Kirke
Over the past two years, you may have seen Shauna perform scenes at Barnstormers Imagine. However, this will be her first play on the Barnstormers stage. She also performed in the Murder Mystery Dinner Theater Where There's a Will, There's Some Pay. Shauna, a fourth generation Grants Pass native, is married to her high school sweetheart, Jonas, and is the mother of a two-year-old son, Maxfield. She is enjoying performing in this wonderful production.
Molly Vail - Clara Moffet
Molly Vail is a sixteen-year-old in her final year of high school. She has been involved in drama since she was a freshman. Molly's family is a huge inspiration and supports her in whatever she pursues. Little Women is the first play Molly has acted in; before this she only worked with the crew. Although it is her first time, it won't be her last. Molly is very excited to continue her passion for acting.
Mike Buzek - Mr. March
This show begins Mike's second season with Barnstormers. He respects this theater's tightly knit and supportive community, as well as the remarkable effort and enthusiasm of this show's director. P.S. The little women aren't so little - they're giants. Enjoy the show.
Kurk Kasparian - Professor Friedrich Bhaer
Kurk enjoys long walks on the beach, traveling, cooking, laughing and long rainy-day cuddles with his cats, while watching 80's and horribly cheesy sci-fi flicks. He's a published comic artist for YukiTheDestroyer.com as well as a commissioned artist. Uncle, artist, actor, entrepreneur -- he’s so busy, you're more likely to see a Sasquatch than this guy. So take your opportunity and say hello.
Janine Contreras - Stage Manager
Janine has been doing theater for just about 15 years now. Most of the shows she has worked on, if she did her job right, you never noticed her at all. Her last appearance on stage was as Zerbinetta in Scapino here at Barnstormers. Previously, she has been stage manager for Willy Wonka, Peter Pan, Seussical The Musical and Noises Off! It's a real pleasure to get to work with Tricia again, and she's grateful to her boss for helping make this happen. As always, her thanks go to Brandon, who keeps her sane, happy and fed during this crazy process.
Tricia Drevets - Director, Josephine
Tricia previously directed The Trip to Bountiful, Our Town, On Golden Pond and The Diary of Anne Frank (for which she was named Sneak Preview’s Best Director) here at Barnstormers. She also enjoys appearing onstage. A few of her favorite acting roles here are: Rose in Enchanted April, Claire in A Delicate Balance, Charlotte in Moon Over Buffalo and Vivian in Wit, the last two of which roles earned her being named Sneak Preview’s Best Actress. She has enjoyed working with this exceptional group of people to bring one of her favorite books to life for you, and she wishes you and your family a joyous holiday season.
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