Canyon Lakers to star in ‘Little Women’ production

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Canyon Lake resident Tara Abell is directing Temescal Canyon High School’s production of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women. Tara played Beth when she was a senior at TCHS. Photo provided by Tara Abell

The Temescal Canyon High School Spotlight Players invite the community to its production of  Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women. The production opened last night. Additional shows will be held this weekend, Dec. 7 and 8, and on Dec. 13, 14 and 15 at 7 p.m. at the Temescal Canyon High School Jeanie Corral Performing Arts Centre, 28755 El  Torro Rd., Lake Elsinore.

Tickets prices are $12 for adults and $8 for students. For tickets, call 951-253-7250.

Tara Abell, a Canyon Lake resident and former TCHS student, is directing the production. The following Canyon Lake residents are cast members: Cheyenne Stetson, James Myers, Sky Morrison, Jacob Teperson and Meadow McClean. Other cast members include Shela Patterson, Skylar Dorvall, Rylee Lofquist, Lauryn Dawes, Liz MacMurray, Sawyer Sliker, Michelle Pellegrin, Dominic Archibeque, Leanna Bagby, Jakob Zurh and Beverly Lafferty.

The most popularly produced adaptation of Little Women uses one stationary set, which was the adaptation TCHS performed in 2000 when Tara played Beth as a TCHS senior. After reading several script options, Tara selected an adaptation which uses several minimal settings, in order to keep the action and dialogue moving.

Because the first volume of Little Women begins and ends with Christmas, the novel is often considered a Christmas story. The TCHS Spotlight Players are hoping to emphasize the Christmas connection through the detail in the Christmas sets, foyer display, music and props.

The Christmas of Little Women is a unique glimpse into the American Christmas scene through the eyes of Louisa May Alcott, who sets the story in the early 1860s during the Civil War. In 1843, Charles Dickens had already done his part to establish the Victorian Christmas. His writing inspired Alcott.

Little Women has had well over one hundred editions and has been translated into more than 50 languages. It has had sequels, spin-offs, Hallmark cards and Madame Alexander dolls, all of which is a testament to its enduring themes.

Now part of the public domain, it is estimated that ten million copies have been sold, not including abridged editions.

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