Based on Louisa May Alcott’s classic 1869 semi-autobiographical novel, Little Women had its Australian premiere in Sydney 2008.
Little Women tells the story of The March family girls played by Kate Maree Hoolihan as Jo, Octavia Barron-Martin as Meg, Erica Lovell as Amy, Jodie Harris as Beth and Trisha Noble as Marmee. Relatively poor, but well-bred young ladies, the girls wait patiently for their father to return home from war. While they wait, each grow up in their own way, finding love, and carving out their own future away from their beloved family home. Featuring Elise McCann as the female understudy covering and performing all 6 female parts, David Harris starred as suitor John Brooke along with Stephen Mahy as Laurie and Hayden Tee as Professor Bhaer.
The Australian production was directed by Stuart Maunder and Musically Directed by Peter Rutherford. It ran for a limited season and was the final show produced by the then National Musical Theatre Company, Kookaburra.
“Elise McCann – who incredibly understudies all six female roles in the production – filled in for Hoolihan, and delivered sensational performances. You would not have known that she was only doing Jo for the 2nd time. She was confident, assured and made you warm to Jo, Elise did not disappoint. …. she step(ped) in so brilliantly to a very demanding role.”