Little Women: The Strength of Sisters

Little Women: Strength of Sisters Guide

For your drama club or drama camp’s next production!

Little Women: The Strength of Sisters. Share the joy and struggles of these beloved characters in this 1-hour play, selected from moments in Little Women by Louisa May Alcottadapted for the stage by Sabrina Justison.

Louisa May Alcott’s beloved novel Little Women, published in 1868 and is now in the public domain.

This favorite classic follows the lives of four sisters, Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy March as they grow from girls into young ladies during the Civil War.

Their father is away serving as a chaplain in the army, and their beloved Mother, “Marmee,” oversees their humble, love-filled home.

Next door to the March girls lives Mr. Laurence, a wealthy old man, and his grandson Laurie (also called Teddy) who is close in age to Meg and Jo. Laurie’s tutor Mr. Brooke eventually forms a friendship with the March girls as well, and they all walk together through many trials and joys as friends and neighbors.

Little Women: The Strength of Sisters focuses on several pivotal moments in the early part of the March girls’ story.

  • Jo longs to be a published author and struggles to control her temper
  • Meg cares for her sisters in their home but is almost mature enough to have a home of her own
  • Beth’s generous nature compromises her fragile health when she is exposed to Scarlet Fever while tending a poor family
  • Amy wants so much to be as grown-up as her older sisters that she sometimes acts like a spoiled child in spite of the good heart that lies beneath her immaturity

As you share the story with your audience, focus on the very real struggles the sisters have:

  • the tension between the things they wish for and what is right in front of them,
  • the internal battle between the women they long to be and the imperfect humans they see in the mirror.

We all experience these struggles, and seeing the March girls persevere will give every member of the cast and audience hope and encouragement.

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Little Women: The Strength of Sisters

Running Time: 1 hour

Set Requirements: minimal (suggestions for creative staging in a space without a traditional stage are included)

Cast of Characters – minimum 9 (5 female/2 male/2 either)

  • Marmee, Mrs. March
  • Meg, the eldest
  • Jo, 2nd daughter, loud and fun and longing to be a writer
  • Beth, 3rd daughter, shy and quiet
  • Amy, the youngest
  • Laurie, or “Teddy” the fun-loving grandson of wealthy Mr. Laurence next door
  • Mr. Brooke, Laurie’s tutor
  • Kate, visiting from England where Laurie has relatives
  • Grace, Kate’s sister

Note: (The roles of Kate and Grace may instead be changed to Fred and Frank if you have more male actors to cast.)

You can introduce Little Women by reading the book with our popular study guide. Click here for an excerpt from 7Sisters Literature Study Guide for Little Women.

More tips on how to use Little Women: Strength of Sisters in this post.

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