SMWC Presents "Little Women"

September 21st, 2011 | SMWC

For more than a century, the four sisters of Louisa May Alcott’s “Little Women” have captured the imaginations of readers, young and old alike. On October 6-9, 2011, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (SMWC) brings this classic tale to life – and to the stage– in a theatrical adaptation of Alcott’s best-known work of fiction.

“Little Women” is set in the antebellum period, a time of elaborate hoop skirts, frock coats and civil war. The play appeals to all ages and promises to entertain audiences and also to reintroduce them to Alcott, an iconic American writer.

“Little Women” will be performed as part of a series of events in the Wabash Valley celebrating Louisa May Alcott’s life and works. Alcott was an abolitionist and an advocate for civil and women’s rights, and her views on social issues often shine through in her writing. 

Danielle O’Connor, a 2011 SMWC graduate returns to campus to direct the play – her first production as a professional. “I think she’s a great fit for our college,” said O’Connor, who describes Alcott as the kind of empowered woman leader that SMWC strives to create in its students. “Her life itself is something [that shows] the strength of a woman and helps to instill that in the students here.”

“She is what we would nowadays consider a modern, free-thinking woman,” O’Connor added. “But in the second half of the 19th century, she was progressive.” 


All performances will be held at the Cecilian Auditorium on the Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College Campus.

  • Thursday, Oct. 6 at 7 p.m.
  • Friday, Oct. 7 at 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, Oct. 8 at 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, Oct. 9 at 2 p.m.

Ticket Information:

  • Adults: $10.00
  • Children (10-18) and seniors: $5.00
  • Children under 10: free
  • Students from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, Indiana State University, Ivy Tech State College and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and are admitted free of charge with a student ID.

Call (812) 535-6211 for tickets.

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