KANKAKEE VALLEY THEATRE ASSOCIATION: Introducing our next character in KVTA’s Little Women The Broadway Musical: Meet Aunt March!
Kankakee Valley Theatre Association issued the following announcement on Feb. 3.
Aunt March was Mr. March's aunt and a rich widow. She was somewhat temperamental and prone to being judgmental, described as abrupt yet sincere, acting much like a queen. She could be quite peevish and was very independent. Aunt March was proud of her wealth and properties.
She was an elderly woman who had mounds of riches and valuable items, and wished for company of the youth. Jo earned money for some time by accompanying her; for instance, she read to her and went to the market with her. However, when Aunt March decided to take a trip to Europe, she chose Amy to go with her. The girl had gone to stay with her during Beth's first bout of illness and Aunt March had grown fonder of her than she was of Jo. She plays a rude character in the novel. She was hard to please, Amy was the only march girl who could impress her and Amy too was fond of her.
Somewhat temperamental and prone to being judgmental, she disapproves of the March family's poverty, their charitable work, and their general disregard for the more superficial aspects of society's ways. Her vociferous disapproval of Meg's impending engagement to the impoverished Mr. Brooke becomes the proverbial "last straw" that actually causes Meg to accept his proposal. She appears to be strict, cold, crotchety, and difficult but deep down, she's really quite soft-hearted, loves her nieces, and wants the best for them. She disapproves of how the girls are raised, but occasionally finds ways to be generous, funding Amy’s trip abroad and leaving Plumfield, her estate, to Jo when she dies. Jo and Friedrich turn her estate into a school for boys.
Aunt March is one of those iconic, devilishly fun characters to play and the talented Cara Whalen does an absolutely amazing job portraying her many facets! She can totally command the stage with her Aunt March one liners and haughty, cantankerous presence. Do not miss seeing the disagreeable (yet secretly guilty pleasure character) Aunt March in this beautiful, intimate musical in our new Black Box Theatre! Get your tickets today: http://www.kvta.org/buy-tickets
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Source: Kankakee Valley Theatre Association