The Shoestring Players at the University of South Carolina Upstate will present the time-honored classic Little Women “Little Women,” by Louisa May Alcott and adapted for stage by Thomas Hischak, December 10-12.
Showtimes are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Saturday in the Performing Arts Center Theatre.
“Little Women” is the story of the four sisters over a span of five years as they grow from girls into young women. Set during the Civil War, the family navigates through family absences, death, marriage and birth, celebrating the simple joys and sorrows of love.
The cast includes Kelly Crisp as Mrs. Tomlinson; Brooke Mize as Josephine March; Hannah Deligt as Meg March; Eva Grayson as Amy March; Kelsey McKeown as Beth March; Candice Bryant as Jo March; Jillian Wain as Marmee; Howie Jordan as Mr. March; Alicia Ebersole as Hannah; Jacob Wilson as Aunt March; Seth Kemp as Theodore “Laurie” Laurence; Gabe Troski as Mr. Laurence; Doug Yates as John Brooke; Haley Arnold as Mrs. Moffett and Mrs. Kirke; Jordan Montemayor as Clara Moffett; Brianna Harris as Jenny; Alex Jones as Mary; Caroline Feather as Sarah and Minnie Kirke; Emma Miller as Katy and Kitty Kirke; Garrett Gibson as Professor Friedrich Bhaer.
The show is directed by USC Upstate senior Jordyn Chelf, a communication major with emphasis in theater and broadcast journalism. Chelf has been a part of the Shoestring Players since beginning college in 2011. She has studied abroad in London for five weeks and has twice performed with the Shoestring Players at the International Youth Festival in Kingston Upon Thames in the United Kingdom. She is the president of Alpha Psi Omega, the national theater honor society and is two-time nominee for the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship. Upon graduation in December, Chelf plans to work with the Warehouse Theatre in Greenville. Chelf is originally from Minnesota, but moved around a lot as part of a military family. She is a 2011 graduate of Sumter High School.
Tickets are $8 general admission and $4 for USC Upstate students, faculty and staff.
Recognized both nationally and internationally, the Shoestring Players have produced theatrical performances on the USC Upstate campus for more than 40 years. The troupe was recognized by the Kennedy Center’s National Committee and Awards Panel with a 2015 Commendation for the Acting Company for ensemble performances of “Memigery,” and was one of five shows to be named “Best in Fest” in July for their performances of “The Pursuit of U.S.” at the International Youth Festival in Kingston Upon Thames in the United Kingdom.