Little Women: Becoming Astonishing

Senior Julia Massie prepares for the ball. Little Women featured elaborate costumes to bring to life America in the 1800s. (Photo courtesy of John Murray)

Senior Julia Massie prepares for the ball. Little Women featured elaborate costumes to bring to life America in the 1800s. (Photo courtesy of John Murray)

GRAPEVINE, Texas – Faith’s Creative Arts Department recently performed Little Women. The play was well-done, as has come to be expected at Faith. Most impressive was the work done by the crew and set-builders. While the actors surely put many hours into the play and received due applause, the crew is often overlooked.

Faith’s talented students built a two-story house and manipulated a kite to make it appear to be flying. One subtle yet appealing aspect of the show was how backdrops were projected onto the curtains surrounding the house to show the changing seasons.

The show also made use of elaborate costumes and hoop skirts. Costumes and quality acting transported the audience from a modern-day Texas autumn to a late-1800s winter.

No review of Little Women would be adequate without addressing the multitude of stage kisses. Mr. Michael Klefeker, the show’s director, joked about how hard those scenes were to construct. He laughingly described how he had to reinvent the actors’ ideas of a kiss to better fit 19th century customs and modesty. That and the awkwardness for the actors during the first few rehearsals made these scenes especially challenging.

Musical numbers highlighted the play, especially from senior Morgan Maxey, who filled the lead role of Jo March. Faith’s students went all out on this performance, and while it may take a while for them to catch up on homework and to get Little Women’s musical numbers out of their heads, they gave a memorable performance.

To see this article as it was originally published in the Grapevine Faith RAWR, click here.

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