Little Women Drama and Music Production
St Catherine's production of Little Women, in a version specially created for the school, finally opened on Thursday 7 May. Featuring a large cast and orchestra, the audience was able to enjoy the impressive range of theatrical and musical talent which St Catherine's is famous for.
There were three sets of sisters to represent the March girls as they set out on their Pilgrim's Progress to adulthood. On their way, we watched them negotiate the hurdles of poverty, disapproving adults, the lures of Vanity Fair and their own fights and fallings out.
Frau Cotton, apparently from nowhere, produced costumes for nearly fifty performers achieving a remarkable visual transformation and helping the actors find that elusive "Period Style". The music drawn from compositions of the time made a highly evocative and sometimes moving contribution; it was expertly supervised by Miss Boyes. Lighting by Angus Dunican brought a welcome injection of professional West End expertise. For Mr Jacob, who has long wished to tackle this story, it was truly gratifying to see that after all these years, Louisa M Alcott's girls can still fascinate a young cast and charm a modern audience.