First Stage Theater Academy’s Young Company presents

a musical version of the Louisa May Alcott classic

LITTLE WOMEN

Based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott

Book by Allan Knee, lyrics by Mindi Dickstein, music by Jason Howland

Directed by Katie Cummings

Music direction by Adam Baus 

Milwaukee Youth Arts Center, 325 W. Walnut St . , Milwaukee

March 4-5, 2011 

For everyone ages 10 and up. 

First Stage Theater Academy’s Young Company presents a musical version of the Louisa May Alcott classic LITTLE WOMEN, Friday March 4 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, March 5 at 3:30 and 7 p.m. at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center, 325 W. Walnut St. in Milwaukee.  Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students, and are available at the door one hour prior to the start of the performance.  First Stage subscribers receive free admission. 

The treasured classic comes to life on stage in this inspiring musical.  LITTLE WOMEN tells the story of the four March sisters as they grow up in Civil War America .  The sisters – brassy, tomboy-like, aspiring writer Jo; romantic Meg; pretentious Amy and kind-hearted Beth – tell a timeless story that deals with issues that are as relevant today as when they were written. 

Young Company members performing in LITTLE WOMEN are Eric Schabla (as Professor Bhaer), Kira Gaudynski (as Amy/Troll), Gretchen Mahkorn (as Meg/Clarissa) and Lisa-Marie Rieckhoff (as Aunt March/Mrs. Kirk) of Milwaukee; Rachel Schmeling (as Jo) of Brookfield; Laura Mesrobian (as Beth/Rodrigo 2) of Whitefish Bay; Allie Babich (as Marmee/Hag), Garret Kim (as Mr. Laurence/Knight) and Andrew Oppmann (as Mr. Brooke/Braxton) of Hartland; and Mitchell Bultman (as Laurie/Rodrigo) of Wauwatosa.  Stage Manager Laura Troshynski is also from Whitefish Bay . 

The Young Company is First Stage Theater Academy ’s advanced, pre-professional training program for students ages 15 and older.  Students receive advanced actor training in the form of coursework, master classes and performance in Young Company productions and New Play Workshops.  In 2010, Young Company members competed in the Utah Shakespearean Festival/Southern Utah University Shakespeare Competition in Cedar City , Utah .  The team of 15 students won First Place overall for its division, as well as placing First for its Ensemble Scene, First in Monologues and won the Larry Lott Award for Best Actor in an Ensemble.  The students participated alongside more than 2,500 young people from over 90 schools from Utah, Nevada, Arizona , California and Idaho .  First Stage teens traveled the farthest to participate in the competition

For more information on the Young Company or other programs of First Stage Theater Academy , call (414) 267-2970, email academy@FirstStage.org, or visit www.FirstStage.org/TheaterAcademy.