The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT)

Louisa May Alcott focus of dinner theater event

- By Register Staff

KENT — The Kent Memorial Library will present a dinner entertainm­ent, “Love from Louisa: Louisa May Alcott and the making of Little Women,” on Saturday, May 19, at the Fife ’n Drum Restaurant on Main Street in Kent.

A themed dinner at 7 p.m. will be followed by a staged reading in costume that will feature appearance­s by Louisa, her father Bronson Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry Thoreau — all in their own words.

The dramatic presentati­on, which will trace the influences that led her to create the classic story “Little Women,” was written and compiled by Georgianne Ensign Kent, and is directed by Jane Farnol. Representi­ng the famous residents of Concord, Mass., during the Civil War are cast members Noel Desiato, Rufus DeRham, Steve Manzino, David Almquist, Katherine Almquist, Stacy-Lee Frome and Erin Shaughness­y. It will be narrated by John Taylor.

“Love from Louisa” will provide an informativ­e companion piece to the three-part PBS/BBC Masterpiec­e Theatre production of “Little Women,” which, premieres the previous week, the latest in a series of interpreta­tions of the book that have included three movies, two silent films, a musical and an opera.

Seats for the Alcott evening are $60 per person, which includes salad, chicken entrée, dessert, gratuity and cash bar to benefit the Kent Memorial Library. Reservatio­ns may be made online or in the library. Space is limited, so early booking is advised.

To reserve your seats now, go to kentmemori­allibrary.org or go to the front desk at the Library. For more informatio­n call 860927-3761.

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