‘Little Women’ continues

Opening weekend draws more than 260 for audience

— More than 260 people attended opening weekend of Omak High School Pioneer Players’ production of the musical “Little Women.”

The show continues at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Omak Performing Arts Center, 14 S. Cedar St.

Curtain time is 7 p.m., with the lobby opening at 6:15 p.m. and the house at 6:30 p.m.

Director Nicole Leese said 149 people attended last Friday’s show and 113 attended Saturday.

Money from admission goes toward costumes, sets, royalties, props and scripts for the spring play “Fools.” Some will go toward sending students to Seattle for the Fifth Avenue Awards.

“We participate in the Fifth Avenue Theatre Awards program,” Leese said. “Last year more than 105 Washington state high schools participated in the program.”

The theater sends two adjudicators to Omak’s shows and in June the group receives notes and feedback on its production.

In May the theater announces nominations for awards such as best set design, costume design, show, actor, actress and more.

“It’s like the Tony Awards for Washington state high schools,” Leese said.

“Little Women” focuses on the four March sisters – tomboy and aspiring writer Jo, romantic Meg, pretentious Amy and kind-hearted Beth – and their mother, Marmee.

The family patriarch is away, serving as a Union Army chaplain during the Civil War.

Music teacher Don Pearce will direct the pit orchestra, made up of members of the Okanogan Valley Orchestra.

On-stage performers include Lisa Halfhill as Jo March; Johanna Matthaynses, Meg March; Hunter Thomas, Beth March; MacKenzie Vance, Amy March and Troll; Marmee, Chelsee Johnson; Reve Hill, Laurie and Rodrigo; Darrell Joe, Professor Bhear;

Tyrell Friedlander, Mr. Brook and Braxton; Josie Bucsko, Aunt March and Mrs. Kirk; Will Hughes, Mr. Laurence and Knight; Cassandra Birrane, Clarissa and chorus; Jamie Utt, Hag and chorus; Nichol Flecher, Rodrigo 2 and chorus; Brandon Newman, Livia Hayes and Dusty Mullin, chorus.

The pit orchestra includes Flora Long, Patti Baumgartner and Blenda Jones, violin; Jim Kalberer and Bonnie Colpitts, viola; Sonja Thornton and Brennan Ramsey, cello; Aron Jensen, bass; Madison Hitchcock, flute; Leslie Clough, clarinet; Bob Hougham, trumpet; Chris Warren, French horn; Curtis Manthey, trombone, and Pearce, piano.

Joining Leese and Don Pearce behind the scenes are assistant director Sydney Howard, stage manager Shyanne Steele, set designer Matthew Pearce, costume designer Nichole Fahey and Chelsee Johnson, and props mistresses Sydney Howard and Lisa Halfhill.

Choreographers are Leese and Chelsee Johnson.

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