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Hunter Robison, Tayler Edwards, Ethan Furlano and Darcy Reimler (left to right) are pictured rehearsing the Onalaska High School production of Little Women.

Onalaska High School is staging the musical version of Little Women this weekend and the directors are promising a show that illuminates the famous novel with song and dance.

The musical is being staged Friday, Nov. 17 and Saturday, Nov. 18 at 7:30pm and at 2:00 pm on Sunday, Nov. 19 at the Claude C. Deck Performing Arts Center at Onalaska High School. Tickets are $8 for students and senior citizens over 65 and $10 for adults.

Directors John Reimler and Lisa Reimler said they were drawn to Little Women, which was written by Louisa May Alcott and published in 1869, because of the strong roles for women. The students will be performing the musical version of the novel that was launched on Broadway in 2005.

“We have an abundance of riches in our talented females. They are triple threats (they can act, dance and sing), and we wanted to take advantage of this,” said Lisa Reimler.

For the first time ever, the directors are utilizing a taped score rather than a pit orchestra.

“We love having live music, but during the year that simply isn’t possible. We hunted around and located a company that sells taped Broadway musical scores . It has proven to be a unique challenge,” said director, John Reimler. “On the one hand, the students get really familiar with the orchestration because they have basically been working with it since day one. However, if an actor goofs, the tape will not be able to help them. The actors are on their own.”

Little Women tells the story of heroine Jo (Josephine) and her sisters Meg, Beth and Amy. Along with their mother, the girls are left to their own devices since their father leaves home to be a chaplain for the Union Army during the Civil War. Jo yearns to be a famous writer and strives to sell her stories in order to help her family during the survive the war.

The message of Little Women is timeless—hold your family dear and never give up on your dreams. Both directors feel the musical is as relevant today as it was in 1869. The bond of a family is one of the strongest bonds there is, and that is certainly displayed in the play.

“We hope audience members will enjoy the songs and messages as much as we do. We find the show quite lovely,” said Lisa Reimler.

Cast and crew of Little Women: The Musical include: Darcy Reimler, Rachel Schoenecker, Audrey Akins, Sierra Dixon, Sarah Teske, Zander Arroyo, Sarah Wood, Elliot de Boer, Adam Munns, Jazzlyn Kepler, Alyssa Anderson, Hunter Robison, Ethan Furlano, Taylor Edwards, Sean Swart, Alanna Wuensch, Jordan Grider, Genevieve Hindsley, Grace Rooney, Nadia Talbi, Emily Strain, Tayler Fankhauser, Taylor Heinis, Todd Gilberson, Rachel Hosch and Evan Lock.

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