Louisa May Alcott Portrayal Offered by Concord Theatre Major

ATHENS, W.Va. – Beloved author Louisa May Alcott will be brought to life in a living history performance by Concord University senior, Hannah Gates, on Thursday, April 8th at 7 p.m.  The performance is a part of Concord University’s The Little Women Projecta series of performances and presentations celebrating the classic novel by Louisa May Alcott.

Gates is a resident of Princeton and is a senior Theatre and Broadcasting major at Concord. University. Each senior in the program completes a Capstone project that gives them real world experiences in their major field of study. Hannah’s project has two areas of emphasis.

First, she has been thoroughly researching the historical character Louisa May Alcott for her living history performance. Following her monologue, she will answer questions in character and then she will break character and answer questions as a scholar.

The second aspect of Gates’ Capstone is to create a short, documentary video about Louisa May Alcott. It will be similar to a TV news story.   That video piece will be presented on Thursday, April 15th at 7 p.m. on Zoom.  A community discussion led by CU professor, Dr. Amberyl Malkovich will follow.  Finally, Hannah Gates’ immersion in studying the character Louisa May Alcott has been enhanced when she starred as Jo March in the performance of the play Little Women, which aired on Zoom in March.

Little Women, written by Louisa May Alcott, is a timeless novel. It tells the story of the March family and their four daughters.  The strong women characters have inspired readers since its publication in 1868.

Concord University faculty have collaborated on The Little Women Project to explore both the novel and the time in which it was written. It is a unique, interdisciplinary project involving several academic departments at the university. In addition to the presentation of the play and Hannah Gates’ presentations, Mr. Keith Lilly of the History Department presented a lecture on Civil War in West Virginia and Dr. William Williams, of the CU Education Department, created a lesson plan for area teachers relating to the topic.

All of the events of The Little Women Project are open to the public free of charge and will take place on Zoom.  If you have not used Zoom before, simply go to http://www.zoom.us. It is free and simple to download to your device. Then, you enter the Zoom Webinar number which is 923 2892 2540.  There is no passcode for these events. However, if you prefer, you may contact Karen Vuranch for a link directly to the Zoom room. You may email Karen Vuranch at kvuranch@concord.edu or call 304-384-5275 for more information.

This press release was written by Concord University student, Trevor Darago.


Sarah M. Pritchett
Concord University
Office of Advancement
PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712
(304) 384-6312, news@concord.edu

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