The Westerville North High School Theatre Department will transport audiences back in time this weekend with its fall production of Little Women.
"We're doing it of the era, and that's really fun for our cast because we haven't done a period piece at North for some years," said director Kim Mollohan. "They're really getting into it -- the hair, the clothes. It's fun to travel back to 1860."
Mollohan said she selected Little Women, in large part, to give her students the experience of performing a period piece, which requires research into the era, and time spent finding the right props, clothes and hairstyles.
"It takes months," Mollohan said. "It doesn't take weeks; it takes months. We've been working on it since this summer."
The students also have had to get used to the period's language in the play's script.
"The language is the hardest part for us," said senior Joelle Marshall, who will play Meg March. "The first time I read the lines, I was stumbling on the words."
The production also was a way for Mollohan to showcase the talent in the theater department this year, she said.
"I have incredibly strong women in the department this year, and I felt this would be a great way to showcase their talents," Mollohan said.
Sophomore Erin Upp, who will play Jo March, said she was excited when it was announced that North's fall production would be Little Women.
"It's an American classic," Upp said. "I really wanted to be Jo."
Upp was the only one of the students cast as a March sister -- the four women the book is based around -- who had read the book.
Upp and Marshall are joined by Annalisa Hartlaub as Amy March and Jen Finkelstein as Beth March.
Though the play takes place 150 years ago, the actresses said they believe people coming to see the play will find themes they can relate to, particularly when it comes to sibling bonds and sibling rivalries.
"The story is so relatable to a lot of people. If you have siblings, you fight with them and then (something happens) that brings people together," Marshall said.
Little Women will be performed at 7 p.m. today through Saturday, Nov. 8-10 in the auditorium of Westerville North, 950 County Line Road.
Tickets are $6 for general admission, and they will be available at the door or in advance at wnsports.info.
"It doesn't take weeks; it takes months. We've been working on it since this summer."
director, on play's preparation