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Sept. 25, 2013

Contact Shane Rhoades at 608-796-3766 or sarhoades@viterbo.edu

VITERBO UNIVERSITY TO PRESENT LITTLE WOMEN: THE BROADWAY MUSICAL OCT. 11–13

LA CROSSE, Wis. – Viterbo University will present Little Women: The Broadway Musical Friday, Oct. 11–Sunday, Oct. 13 in the Fine Arts Center Main Theatre.

Based on the classic novel by Louisa May Alcott, Little Women follows the adventures of the March sisters as they grow up in Civil War America. The classic story is presented as an exciting musical with outstanding music and dancing.

“The students are getting the opportunity to put on a grand show,” said Shane Rhoades, Viterbo’s visiting artist in residence and director and choreographer of the production. “It’s a very big production, and it will be 100 percent professional, from the music to the set to the costumes. It’s excellent real world preparation for the students.”

In addition to the outstanding music, audience members will find a great deal to enjoy about the story, Rhoades said.

“They will get to see dreams realized,” Rhoades said. “Everyone has dreams. Audience members will see it on stage and will be able to personalize.”

Little Women stars Viterbo students Libby Anderson, Vasiliki Fafalios, Kat Geersten, and Aubrey McCarthy, in the roles of the March sisters. Faculty member Nancy Allen is the music director, alumnus Joey Miller is the associate director, and student Nick Arceo, who is also playing the role of Rodrigo, is the assistant music director.

“Viterbo has fantastic singers,” Rhoades said. “And the music is melodic and powerful with a beautiful score. The Viterbo production will also feature some extra references that pay homage to the book, giving the script extra depth and layers.”

This performance is part of Viterbo’s Bright Star Season and is sponsored in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board, with funds from the State of Wisconsin. Soft Rock KHME 101.1 FM is the media sponsor and Holiday Inn and Suites is the hotel sponsor.

Little Women is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI, 421 West 54th Street, New York, N.Y., 10019. Little Women is based on the book by Louisa May Alcott, with book by Allan Knee, music by Jason Howland, and lyrics by Mindi Dickstein.

Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11–12 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13. Tickets are $23 for main floor, $20 for lower balcony, and $17 for upper balcony seating. For more information or to order tickets, contact the Viterbo box office at 608-796-3100 or visit www.viterbo.edu/tickets.

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