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Mount Vernon High School Little Women

By • May 22nd, 2011 • Category: Cappies

As the story begins, four sisters sit in an attic before Christmas, discussing their lives, their futures, and, naturally, operatic tragedies. It is, of course, the musical Little Women, performed this past weekend by Mount Vernon High School.

As the name suggests, Little Women includes several strong female characters. One, however, stands out above all the others. Emily Whitworth (Jo March) lit up the stage with her phenomenal characterization, her strong voice, and her fiery passion. She was well accompanied by the other March girls: Vannessa Blake (Amy), Deborah Kamara (Meg), and Jenna Kraynak (Beth). In fact, “Five Forever,” one of the most memorable songs in the show was sung by these four girls and Bryan Azucena (Laurie).

Bryan Azucena (Laurie), in his own right, carried his vocals nicely and used his physicality to its fullest advantage. Logan Beveridge (Professor Bhaer) played wonderfully off Jo March’s strong lead and make adorably lovable character choices. The March girls were also supported throughout the show by their Marmee (Clare Cahill), who not only played the role of mother in the show, but also exhibited terrific dimensions of character, especially in her number “Here Alone.”

The musical number “Some Things Are Meant To Be” was a clear highlight of the show. Sung by Emily Whitworth (Jo March) and Jenna Kraynak (Beth March), this absolutely tear-jerking number truly expressed the love of the four sisters that carried the plot of the show. The harmonies were flawless, the vocal blending superb, and the accompaniment wonderful. This number was truly a feat to be accomplished by any high school theatrical performance, and Mount Vernon performed it effortlessly.

The technical aspects of the show complimented the actors wonderfully. The props were especially delightful, some highlights being the antique wheelchair for Beth and the pictures which decorated the March house. The set was utilitarian, with different parts moving to create entirely different settings. Though some characters experienced minor microphone glitches, the lighting and use of spotlights made up for any faults.

The performance was marked by wonderful energy throughout the show, carried from the smallest to the largest roles. Each and every actor and tech did their part to make this show a joy to watch. As Jo March might say: Christopher Columbus, what a good show!

by Lucy Holden of Paul VI Catholic High School

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