Emporia State’s homecoming musical “Little Women” will run at 7:30 p.m. from Oct. 17-19 and 2 p.m. on Sunday in Karl C. Bruder theater.
“It is a very heartwarming, astonishing show that I would hope that if you were to come and watch that you leave thinking about it,” said Jasmine Hall, sophomore theater major who plays Jo March. “It’s truly a show that makes you think about family, love and your own dreams. Especially in the time period back then how crucial it was for these characters to achieve their super objectives in the show.”
Hall has been doing musical theater since she was cast in a production of Seussical in fifth grade.
“I really like singing and musical theater songs which is starkly different from choir songs,” Hall said. “You are so involved in telling the story whether its happy or sad. I really enjoy different choreography numbers and learning all the different styles of dance that comes with each show.”
According to Hall, musicals offer a different challenge than traditional theater but is often more fun.
“In this show I have thirteen songs as Jo March, which is a lot,” Hall said. “With each song, I am telling a different part of the story and a different stage of my life and the other sisters’ lives. It’s definitely easier to memorize songs than it is monologues. I’m pretty good at memorizing, but it’s easier for me to put a tune to words than just memorizing words.”
In the show, Jo March is the only woman to wear pants, something she gets scrutinized for by the 1860’s high society.
“A lot of times I’ve been casted as the ditzy or loving character, which are always so fun, but its nice to also play someone whose very ambitious, very independent and headstrong and doesn’t rely on men,” Hall said. “Being able to just be her own individual self and worry about her dreams, well, she also worries about her family, but it is a very different aspect to play.”
The musical has a cast and crew of over forty, and about a dozen members of the orchestra pit.
“When it comes to music, audiences get the idea about what the show is about more,” said Brian Percival, stage manager and senior theater education major. “The music helps with that as opposed to plays where you have to use your brain to figure out what the theme is.”
As stage manager, Percival oversees production deadlines and assists in blocking out the performance.
“It can be (more challenging), but I think it really shows the creative license that everyone has when there’s a lot of people involved,” Percival said. “You see where everyone’s creativity.”