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First Stage Theater Academy’s Young Company presents

a musical version of the Louisa May Alcott classic


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, or visit

A co-worker is hosting a party for her son on July 11th and is looking for a magician to entertain the guest for about a 1/2 hr to an hour. 

If you are a magician or know of one, could you let me know? 


Katie Cummings

Here’s Amy Hansmann in a play by Tony Wood.  Triumph of the Still was directed by Katie Cummings.

Tony combined Nazis with Mayberry.  That’s Tami Rentmeester as Aunt Bee and Doug Jarecki as Andy.

You can’t have an Andy without a Barney Fife.  “Central Casting, we need the slimest actor in Milwaukee.”  And thus we got Stephan Roselin.

We almost lost some people with this one, but Tony was making a great point about how mainstream Nazis have become.

Tami did triple duty also playing Otis.

And though not pictured here, Stephan also did a mean Opie.

And here’s Tami as Floyd the barber as well.

And that’s it for the pictorial romp down memory lane.  If you want more you’re going to have to see them with your own eyes at Combat this weekend.  Come out and support 50 of the most talented theatre artists in Milwaukee.

Casey is a good friend of mine and he has written his first musical.  He lives in Chicago and needs a group of people to read thru the book and give him some feedback. If you know of actors in the Chicago area, please forward their information to Casey.

If the 5th doesn’t work out for you and you are still interested, please let him know.  He may be able to reschedule.

Katie Cummings

What: First read through of “Billy Reed” a new musical
When: Saturday, February 6th (5 pm)
Location: 505 N Lake Shore Drive #906
Free parking in building and pizza provided
Contact: Casey Carmody –  312-451-1716

Needed:  3 males, 3 females – no need to sing

To learn more about the script, please visit: