BELFAST – The Belfast Maskers production of “Little Women – the Broadway Musical,” directed by Erik Perkins and Dominic Williams, has final performances this week at the Basil Burwell Community Theater, 17 Court St. Louisa May Alcott’s 1868 masterpiece is a 19th-century time capsule that has spawned more than 10 TV adaptations, four movies, a Broadway drama, an opera, a museum, a series of dolls, and now a successful musical version. It is a perennial favorite of young adult readers.

“Little Women,” which has never been out of print, follows the adventures of the four teenage March sisters and their mother, living in refined but impoverished circumstances in Concord, Mass., while their father is away during the Civil War. The portrayal of family resilience and an honest look at the struggles of girls growing into women finds new readers every year.

The Maskers musical version has brought this family to life with an excellent local cast and a beautiful production. Outstanding performances are by Abby Boucher as Jo, Olivia West as Meg, Aleah Sebrey as Beth, Mirabelle Kutsy-Durbin as Amy and April Rejman as Marmee.  Also featured are Jared Nickerson, Grayson Koelbl, Meg Nickerson, Scott Taylor, Tristan Bannister, Roxanne Morse and Sarah Hughes. Musical accompanist is Jacob Callas.

Belfast resident Diedre Sousa was so enthusiastic about the show she emailed members of her local church congregation. “If you haven’t or have read ‘Little Women,’ seen or not seen [any] of the movie versions or the Broadway musical version, you have to see the locally performed really big performances of our many talented community members. More than once you might laugh out loud, shed a few tears, and feel goosebumps as voices sing out.”

Stage Director Erik Perkins says, “Part of the lasting appeal of the novel can be connected to the development of the March sisters’ characters. Each one personifies virtues or foibles that people can identify within themselves. The story teaches a valuable lesson about how success and joy can be measured in quite different ways discovered at the end of individual paths.”

Magnificent costumes authentic to the period have been created by Sandy Hall and Linda Marie.  The family-friendly production is sponsored by The First, Nickerson Professional Association and Aubuchon Hardware.

The show finishes up Thursday through Saturday, July 29 through 31, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 1, at 2 p.m. Tickets are available at belfastmaskers.com; $20 adults/$15 age 17 and younger; 15% discount for groups of six or more. For more information, call 207-619-3256 or email info@belfastmaskers.com.

Emotions run high as the March family prepares the two eldest sisters for their first fancy-dress party. From left are Olivia West as Meg, April Rejman as Marmee, Aleah Sebrey as Beth and Abby Boucher as Jo. Photo by Danielle Bannister