By Louisa May Alcott – Adapted by Emma Reeves
13th to 15th October 2016 | Lincoln Drill Hall
Long-standing Common Ground member Martin Noble made his directorial debut with this ambitious and well received production of Little Women.
Emma Reeves’ adaptation actually included two books – Little Women and Good Wives – and was a faithful re-telling of the well known story of sisters Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy as they grow up without their father in the United States during the civil war.
The production required a good sprinkling of young people, which were able to find thanks in part to help from Lincoln’s two universities, and an array of 19th-century costumes which our wardrobe ladies Su and Carolyn managed to put together on a shoestring as usual!
We sold almost 400 tickets over three performances of the play, which also featured singing and live music. Performed on a simple set, and telling the story through flashbacks from the point of view of Jo, Little Women was one of our most successful productions; it was extremely well received by the audience and we even managed to make a small profit!
The production was dedicated to our founder member and committee member Gaynor Little, who passed away in September.The production was dedicated to our founder member and committee member Gaynor Little, who passed away in September.
“I saw Little Women at Lincoln Drill Hall last night. A truly excellent production. I’m normally very critical of amateur theatre (even though I’m involved myself) but this was outstanding. The talent on stage, particularly the younger, less experienced members of the cast, was a match for many professional productions. The dedication and passion from the actors was very obvious. It was the best I’ve seen from Common Ground Theatre Company (I caveat that by saying I have only seen six or seven of their productions) and most probably the best amateur production I’ve ever watched.” – Simon Harvey, via Facebook.
“Don’t miss it! A thoroughly enjoyable night out on many different levels. It was great to see a young, lively, talented cast (even the older ones looked young and lively). Music, costumes, lights – well done Martin Noble with your directing debut.” – Dot Howes, via Facebook.
“Fantastic performance of Little Women last night, thoroughly enjoyed! Well done everyone!” – Shona MacLean, via Facebook.
|Mrs March||Vicky Ashberry|
|Aunt March||Irene North|
|Aunt Carol||Peggy Reading|
|Sallie Gardiner||Lucie Evans|
|Belle Moffat||Emily Ashberry|
|John Brooke||Steve Gillard|
|Professor Bhaer||Jez Ashberry|
|Ned Moffat||Elliot Sargent|
|Fred Vaughan||Joshua Pearson|
|Assistant Director||Su Toogood|
|Stage Manager||Shelagh Gillingham|
|Stage crew||Kev Gillingham|
|Wardrobe||Carolyn Jones, Su Toogood|
|Properties||Carolyn Jones, Su Toogood|
|Photography||Bill Bartlett, Catherine Clough|
|Singing||Su Toogood, Emily Ashberry|
|Front of House||Nick Dunnett, Dot Howes, Eileen Finningley, Ros Rowe,Naomi Watkins & Julia Ross|