The quarter is quickly coming to a close, which means that HOOLIGAN’s production of Little Women is here! The show premieres on Friday, May 28th at 7 PM PST and will have two additional performances on Saturday, May 29th at 12 PM PST and Sunday, May 30th at 7 PM PST. You can get your tickets HERE.
Little Women follows the story of the March sisters as they grow up in Concord, Massachusetts. Josephine (“Jo”) March is an ambitious young author who longs to have her stories published, but struggles to break into the male-dominated publishing industry. Unlike her sisters, Jo is not concerned with pursuing romantic endeavors. Each of the March sisters faces their own struggles, but as they mature and face the conflict of independence versus companionship, they always rely on each other for support. All the while, Laurie--the grandson of their wealthy neighbor-- challenges the girls to venture beyond their comfort zones and develops a lifelong friendship with the family. Accompanied by a beautiful score, Little Women takes us along on the March sisters’ journeys of personal discovery, reminding us of the importance of love, friendship, and staying true to ourselves.
To get excited for the premiere we reached out to some of the cast and crew involved to get you the inside scoop!
What has been your favorite part of this process?
My favorite part of the process has been getting to work with so many new people! It has been really fun getting to collaborate on a show virtually and finding creative ways to interact with each other’s characters. -Katherine McLinden (Professor Bhaer)
Are you excited for the hybrid aspect of this show?
It's been a really interesting process doing the show both live and prerecorded. It's amazing to be in the moment and truly living the story, but it was also fun filming beforehand so we can see some of the finished product before showing it to the world! -Madelyn Erickson (Beth March)
What do you hope the audience takes away from this show?
I hope that the audience will leave this show feeling a sense of humanity for one another –– to not see or treat people based off of their gender or sex, but for their hearts. -Jacqui Kolker (Director)
What has been the most rewarding part of this process?
The most rewarding part of this process has been doing it! This is the first time I have ever directed anything, so I am incredibly proud of myself just for doing it. -Jacqui Kolker (Director)
We hope to see you at one of the three performances this week! Get your tickets HERE.
We’ve already received many great submissions for HOOLIGAN’s first ever Financial Literacy Cabaret, presented by our Development, Finance & Special Events team. We’re excited to showcase everyone’s work while also learning an important life skill! Read more about what staff has in store and get the inside scoop on what’s to come.
Jerell Briggs, the Co-Head of Development, described how the cabaret was inspired: Devo and Finance are the departments in HOOLIGAN that work the most with money and funding, so we wanted to pick a theme that was a reflection of what we usually do! Financial literacy is also something that’s not taught very often, so we wanted to try to give people a little more info that would help as they enter the job market! Plus, there’s so many songs about money that we thought it would give our performers a lot of freedom in selecting a piece to sing!
While balancing how to incorporate information while still retaining fun entertainment, the incredible head of Finance, Laura, came up with the idea of presenting a lot of our info in skit form, to help people get more engaged with the material! According to Jerell, “We want people to come for the performances AND to learn about finances, so I think that’s a good middle ground.”
The staff was surprised that people tended to stray away from the obvious choices, like “Money, Money, Money” by ABBA or “Money” from Cabaret.
“Don’t get me wrong, they’re classics for a reason, but it’s nice that we’re getting some more under-the-radar choices!” said Jerell. “We also have a mix of show tunes, pop songs, and everything in between, and variety is this spice of life, as they say. I hope y’all will enjoy what we’ve been working on for you!”