LITTLE WOMEN Talks on the Steps

Frank Merrill’s illustration for the 1880 edition of Alcott’s novel LITTLE WOMEN. Image from HUMANITIES magazine 30.6 (2009).

Announcing Talks on the Steps before performances of Little Women: The Broadway Musical this weekend at the Roberts Studio Theatre! This musical is based on the beloved novel by Louisa May Alcott about the coming-of-age of four sisters in Civil War-era America. Each Talk on the Steps explores Little Women from one expert point of view, and gives you extra insight into the themes of the performance.

Talks include:

Thursday April 27 at 7pm: Dr. Rosemary Haskell of Elon’s English Department will explore the connections between the life of Louisa May Alcott and the character of Jo, whose witty observations and strong imagination make her a fan favorite

Friday April 28 at 7pm
: The English Department’s Dr. Megan Isaac examines Little Women the novel as an early example of Young Adult literature, and the Little Women phenomenon that makes Alcott’s creations still resonate with audiences today

Saturday April 29 at 1:30pm: Student set designer Becca Nipper discusses how the domestic life of 19th century American women influenced her scenic design for the production.

Talks are free and open to the public, last 10 minutes, and take place in the theatre lobby. You do not need a ticket for the performance to attend the Talk on the Steps.

Little Women is directed and choreographed by Linda Sabo with music direction by Ethan Anderson. Book by Allan Knee, music by Jason Howland, and lyrics by Mindi Dickstein, based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott. Performances are April 27-29 and May 1 at 7:30pm, and April 29-30 at 2:00pm. Tickets are $13 or free with an Elon ID. Call (336) 278-5650 or visit to make a reservation.


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