Little Women (the musical) – Iowa State University Theatre Production

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

“We must promise to remain just as we are.  Solid like a fortress.  No matter what happens, we must promise it will always be the four March sisters forever.”

Based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott. The four March sisters, Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy, are about to spend their first Christmas without their father, who is away at war.  Jo longs to be a writer; Amy aspires to be an artist; Beth is musical and hopes someday to have a piano in the house; Meg looks forward to being a wife and mother.  There isn’t much money, but the girls have the deeper security of knowing they are loved.  The four grow from childhood to adulthood and some of their dreams come true.

March 31 and April 1, 7, and 8 at 7:30 p.m.; April 2 and 9 at 2 p.m. – Fisher Theater, Ames

Adults $21, seniors $19, students $14. Single tickets on sale through the Iowa State Center Ticket Office in Stephens Auditorium and TicketMaster. Tickets are also available at the door.

The Cast

Jo March – Maddie Olsem
Professor Bhaer – Nathaniel Han
Amy March – Emmy Cuvelier
Meg March – Morgan Darrow
Beth March – Libby Peterson
Marmee March – Olivia Griffith
Mr. Lawrence – Nolan Brown
Laurie Lawrence – Jace Hadish
Aunt March – Bridget Ann Johnston
Mr. John Brooke – Keaton Lane
Mrs. Kirk – Sarah R. Bennett

Congratulations to Irene Ryan nominees Maddie Olsem and Nathaniel Han!

The Orchestra

Flute/Alto, Flute/Piccolo – Erin Quinn
Oboe/English Horn – Allie Lenselink
Trombone/Euphonium – Travis Ford
Trumpet – Delano Robinzine
Double Bass – Melissa Flood
Cello – Quyn Westfall
B♭ Clarinet/Bass Clarinet – Tommy Krohn
Viola – Alex Worman
Violin (1) – Olympia Manning
Piano – Dustin Miller
Percussion – Michael Erman
French Horn – Kristy Carter
French Horn – Kelsey Mueller-Spude

Creative Team

Director – Brad Dell
Assistant Director/Choreographer – Sarah Etheridge
Musical Director – Patrick Gagnon
Guest Scenic Designer – Jay Jagim
Costume Designer – Doris Nash
Lighting Designer – Jim Trenberth
Sound Designer – Josh Jepson
Stage Manager – Amanda Keesling
Assistant Stage Manager – Ben White
Costume Shop Supervisor – Doris Nash
Costume Shop Assistants – Michaela Conklin, Erin Connor, Caitlin Koziel, Kelsie Leathers, Lydia Loya
Technical Director – Natalie Hining
Scene Shop Assistants – Nolan Clemons, Christopher Culver, Ashley M. Diaz, Simon Duster, Mitchell Finger, Katelyn Kemp, Joseph Ulven
Charge Artist – Sarah R. Bennett
Master Electrician – Kenneth Shibata
Lighting Assistants – Russell Heerdt, Davis Vande Steeg
Props – Rebel Clodi, Merideth Raine
Light Board – Jared Rickard
Sound Board – Bryan Kalkhoff
Stagehand – Joi R. Wright
Wardrobe – Erin Gilligan, Olivia Krieger
Photography – Nancy Thompson and James Tener
Poster Design – Mary Bendgen
Secretary – Liese VanderBroek
Office Assistants – Jacob Campen, Adam Millsap


Publicity photos and production photos by Nancy Thompson and James Tener

Read about it in Inside Iowa State, The Ames Tribune, and the Iowa State Daily!

Poster by Mary Bendgen