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Young Actors Grow Up in ‘Little Women’

November 06, 2013

Mr. Laurence, a crotchety old geezer in the musical adaptation of “Little Women,” calls them “those awful March girls.” Like everyone else, he, too, falls in love with the four sisters at the core of the story, especially piano-playing Beth.

“Little Women” and the mystery play “Arsenic and Old Lace” opened this week with performances at Laguna Beach High School’s Artists’ Theatre for three weekends.

Set in the Civil War era, the Broadway musical is based on Louisa May Alcott’s “Little Women,” which focuses on siblings Jo (Clair Howell), Meg (Marlena Becker), Beth (Ellie Glade), and Amy (Tessa Mansour). Though dramatically different from each other, the siblings share a bond of love frayed only by the untimely death of Beth. Read More

From left, Clair Howell, Marlena Becker, Tatum Moore, and Ellie Glade as the March sisters in “Little Women.” Photo by Roark Gourley