The St. Francis DeSales High School Drama Department will stage the classic story "Little Women" Oct. 28 and 28.

"The play chronicles the life-changing events of the March family during a turbulent period of American history," according to an announcement from the school.

"Their joys, sorrows, loves and losses are played against the backdrop of a divided country mourning the loss of an assassinated president and struggling to stay united. Through it all, the sisters endure with a healthy dose of faith and the March family's legendary sense of humor."

The play is based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott. Playing the part of the March sisters are sophomore Chloe Myers as Meg, senior Cella Minadeo as Jo, sophomores Frankie Bonte and Grace Brunton sharing the role of Beth, and freshmen Mia Slonac and Mary Mary Polemeni-McGovern sharing the role of Amy.

Marmee, the matriarch of the March family, is played by sophomore Brianna Stokes, and the firm-handed Aunt March is portrayed by senior Sydney Hord.

Other cast members are: juniors Isaac Steiger as Laurie and Jackson Moulder as Professor Bhaer; sophomores Natalie Allton as Hannah, the Irish housekeeper, and Cristofer Tapia as John Booke.

Performances are scheduled at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29, in the school's Little Theater.

Tickets cost $8 and are available at the school during all lunch periods, before and after school in the performing arts room or at the door.