The Payson High School Drama Department's rendition of "Little Women" opens Wednesday and runs through Saturday at the Black Box Theatre.
Based on the award-winning novel by Louisa May Alcott, "Little Women" is told through the eyes of the grown-up Josephine March, played by Samantha Strothman. Her tales of growing up have both enchanted and broken the hearts of legions over the years.
Several movie versions have been produced, starring such notable actresses as Katherine Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor and, most recently, Winona Ryder. The stage play version by Thomas Hischak is suitable entertainment for the whole family.
The story recounts the lives of the members of the March family, including the good times and bad, the easy times and hard, the happy times and sad. But through it all, the family maintains the love that is the glue holding them together.
In the PHS version, the four March sisters -- Meg, Josephine, Beth and Amy -- are played by Nicole Neff, Rebecca Ross, Jennifer Vandruff and Lindsay Lashbrook respectively. Their mother, Marmee, is played by Christina Culligan.
Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday performances are at 7:30 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee on Friday. Tickets are $3 for adults, $2 for students and seniors, and $1 for Renaissance card holders. Thespians will be admitted free.
The Black Box Theatre is located behind the auditorium on the PHS campus.