A love letter to moms

'Little Women' shows the bond between mother and daughter

'Little Women' shows the bond between mother and daughter


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa.-- A mother-daughter team will lead Chambersburg Community Theatre company through its last play of the season, "Little Women," which opens Mother's Day weekend at The Capitol Theatre.

Laura Martin, 19, of Chambersburg, and her mom Lisa Martin, 44, are working together as directors.

"This is my first time directing," Laura Martin said.

And who better to work with than mom? Laura said working with her mother was great because it makes disagreements easier to handle. They say there haven't been any arguments -- at least not any major ones.

"We agree on the big things," Laura said.

But on the day of the interview with The Herald-Mail, they couldn't agree on who was in charge. Mom said she's the assistant director and her daughter is director. Laura declined top billing.

"I like co-director much better," she said.

But it's safe to say they're working as a team.

"We sort of went into it with a pact that there will be no hard feelings," Lisa said.


For a first-time director, "Little Women" presents challenges. While the set is simple, the production is heavy on period costumes and props. Lisa and Laura said they had to rely on the cast and crew for support.

Costume director Maryann Salloway, who also plays Hannah in the production, gave up the sofa and easy chair she had just purchased for her own living room so that it could be used for the play.

There are 11 actors cast in the production, with Laura Eby as the leading lady, Jo, and Jorgan Landi as the leading man, Laurie.

Laura Martin said she picked "Little Women" because she liked the way the story focused on the bond among the sisters. The play is based on the 19th-century book of the same name by Louisa May Alcott. Over the course of the book, four sisters befriend a next-door neighbor, Laurie. Their friendship is strong, but, Laura said, "... it's nothing compared to the bond that they (the sisters) have with each other."

The sisterly theme was what attracted actress Alexis Barone, 13, of Hagerstown, to the play. Alexis, an eighth-grader at St. Mary Catholic School in Hagerstown, is cast as Jo's sister, Beth. Playing one of four close sisters is a treat for Alexis. "See, I'm an only child," she said.

Alexis said she and her character were about the same age. In the play, Beth develops a mini-crush -- something a middle-schooler can relate to -- on Laurie.

"I figured I'd go for Beth because I can relate to what she's going through," Alexis said.

If you go ...


"Little Women," presented by the Chambersburg Community Theatre company


Opening night 8 p.m. Friday, May 8. Shows continue through Sunday, May 10, and Thursday, May 14, through Sunday, May 17. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Thursday, Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays.


The Capitol Theatre, 159 S. Main St., downtown Chambersburg, Pa.

COST: $15 for adults; $10 for students. Advance tickets cost $12 for adults and $8 for students.

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