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Little Women the Musical to Play in Old Town Temecula Featuring the Original Full Orchestrations

Friday, January 5, 2018 4:00 PM by Annette Brown

The Barn Stage Company in association with Temecula Presents announce the cast of the Tony-Nominated Broadway Musical Little Women.. Based on Louisa May Alcott’s classic 1869 novel, the show which has a book by Allan Knee, with lyrics by Mindi Dickstein and music by Jason Howland will premiere on the Old Town Temecula Community Theatre stage from January 11th to the 21st. The Theatre is located at 42051 Main Street, Temecula, CA. 92590. For tickets, call 866-653-8696 or visit


INVITATION TO REVIEW: Reviewers, arts editors, bloggers and feature writers are invited to see the show on Opening night, Friday, January 12th. Please reserve tickets by contacting J. Scott Lapp at jscottlapp@thebarnstagecompany


PLOT: Set against the backdrop of Civil War, aspiring writer Jo hides from life’s difficulties in her attic and pens stories of adventure. With her father away, Jo and her sisters must learn to negotiate love, loss and life under the ever-loving watch of their beloved Marmee. But despite tragedy and heartbreak, the March sisters discover that in reality the true adventure is life itself. Based loosely on her own life, and her relationship with her family, Louisa May Alcott wrote the books that have inspired millions of children to challenge stereotypes. This much-loved musical adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel is suitable for all the family and reminds us that sometimes when you dream, your dreams come true. The original Broadway production opened in 2005 with Tony Award winner Sutton Foster as Jo. The show features the popular female audition song ‘Astonishing’ as well as other numbers including: ‘Better’, ‘Some Things are Meant to Be’ and ‘Days of Plenty’.


THE CAST: The March sisters, Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy, will be played by Reanne Acasio, originally from the Philippines, (Heathers the Musical at OnStage Playhouse, (w)holeness at San Diego Repertory Theatre); Sydney Rose Hover, a recent transfer from Dallas, Texas (Dogfight, Godspell, Proof); Katie Perry (Pirates of Penzance, Beauty & The Beast, Thoroughly Modern Millie); and Olivia Hodson (The Fantasticks at Scripps Ranch Theatre, Fiddler on the Roof and My Fair Lady at the Welk Resorts Theatre). The cast also includes: Joshua David Cavanaugh (First Date and Pump Up The Volume at San Diego Musical Theatre, Light in the Piazza at Finger lakes Musical Theatre) as Professor Bhaer, Eloise Coopersmith as Aunt March (The Full Monty, Company, Mary Poppins); Ethan Park as John Brooke (Peter and the Starcatcher, Phantom, The Last 5 Years); Drew Bradford as Laurie (Cabaret at ion, On the Twentieth Century at Cygnet, The Fantasticks); John George Campbell as Mr. Laurence (South Pacific, Titanic the Musical and Sunset Boulevard at Moonlight); and Susan Jordan DeLeon* joins the cast as Marmee (Beauty & The Beast, Next to Normal).


THE TEAM: Directed by J. Scott Lapp, who returns to The Barn Stage Company and Southern California after spending the past year working around the U.S. with multiple regional theatres. He most recently served as the Associate Director on the world premiere of The Prince of Egypt at Theatreworks Silicon Valley. The creative team for Little Women includes Bill Brown (Conductor/Musical Director) a veteran musical director who works as the lead Vocal Director for Celebrity Cruises as well as serving as Resident MD at Millbrook Playhouse in Pennsylvania.. Chelsea Nicole Lapp (Choreographer) returns to The Barn Stage Company after choreographing Peter & The Starcatcher and Camelot in Concert. The Design team includes Joel Britt (Lighting Design), Costume Design by Janet Pitcher, Makeup and Hair Design by Kiana Miskel. Sheila Furtado provides the props and Sarah Hughes serves as the Stage Manager. The casting director is by Evan D’Angeles.


MORE: Enhance your performance experience - kids 5 and older and their adult chaperones are invited to join the cast at our Page to Stage events at the Ronald H. Roberts Temecula Public Library on Saturday, December 30th from 2-3pm. This exciting new programming gives the audience a behind-the-scenes peek at how plays are created, instills the value of community, teamwork and teaches valuable social skills. For information, please call 951.693.8900.


LITTLE WOMEN begins previews on Thursday, January 11; opening night is scheduled for Friday, January 12 at 8:00pm; and the show then runs through Sunday, January 21, 2018. To purchase tickets or for more information, call the Old Town Temecula Community Theater Box Office at 866.653.8696, visit us online at or, or stop by the box office. The Old Town Temecula Community Theatre is located at 42051 Main Street in the heart of Old Town Temecula.



LITTLE WOMEN the Broadway Musical

Music by Jason Howland

Lyrics by Mindi Dickstein

Book by Allan Knee

Based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott

Directed by J. Scott Lapp

On the Old Town Temecula Community Theater Stage



Old Town Temecula Community Theater

42051 Main Street, Temecula, CA, 92590



January 11 – 21, 2018

Preview performance: January 11th

Opening night: January 12, 2018 at 8:00pm



Tickets are $30 for children (12 and under) All sections.

$30 - $40 for Adults depending on the seating area.

Group discounts available for 10 or more.

Call the Box Office at 866.653.8696or visit



Jo March | Reanne Acasio

Meg March | Sydney Rose Hover

Beth March | Katie Perry

Amy March | Olivia Hodson

Marmee | Susan Jordan DeLeon*

Aunt March | Eloise Coopersmith

Theodore Laurence III | Drew Bradford

John Brooke | Ethan Park

Professor Bhaer | Joshua David Cavanaugh

Mr.  Laurence | John George Campbell

US Jo/Meg | Chelsea Nicole Lapp

US Beth/Amy | Emma Nossal



J. Scott Lapp | Director/Artistic Director

Bill Brown | Musical Director

Chelsea Nicole Lapp | Choreographer

Joel Britt | Lighting Design

Janet Pitcher | Costume Designer

Kiana Miskel | Hair & Makeup Design

Sheila Furtado | Props Mistress

Sarah Hughes | Stage Manager

Evan D’Angeles | Casting Director

Jordan Beck | Executive Director

Author: Annette Brown

If you see, hear or read about Temecula Valley, chances are it originated from Annette. When not pitching stories, she’s is often traveling around Temecula Valley showing media the amazing people and places that make the destination an unforgettable experience. Nearly 30 years, Annette has been working in public relations and marketing. Annette joined the Visit Temecula team in 2011 and is the Director of Public Relations.