Wessington Springs High School drama teacher Julie Fastnacht guides student actresses Piper Jones, Heidi Tirrel and Maddie Neely during a recent dress reherasal of “Little Women.” Although this week's blizzard canceled the Friday night show, two Saturday performances are still on schedule at the Historic 1905 Opera House:a matinee performance at 1 p.m. and a Saturday evening performance at 7 p.m.

Friday's show canceled due to weather - Saturday's shows are still on

With a time-period venue like the Historic 1905 Opera House, the presentation of civil-war era “Little Women” is set to take on special meaning at this weekend’s performances.

“The Opera House setting fits really nicely with this play,” said Julie Fastnacht, Wessington Springs School District Vocal/Music/Drama Director. “The story is about a family surviving while their dad is away serving as a chaplain in the war, and doing the performance in this venue helps create an authenticity, a realness.”

Fastnacht said that the seven female, three male cast made up of Wessington Springs High School (WSHS) students is excited to come together and perform this play. 

“The play fits them very well,” she explained. “This is quite a dedicated group of students and the audience will notice that in the performances.”

The Wessington Springs High School drama department will present “Little Women” adapted from Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel by Scott Davidson Saturday. Due to this week's storm, the Friday performance was cancelled, with a possibility of rescheduling it for Monday evening.  

Students are still on schedule to deliver two performances of the play at the Historic 1905 Opera House on Saturday, April 13: a matinee performance at 1 p.m. and a Saturday evening performance at 7 p.m.

Cast members include: Heidi Tirrel, Piper Jones, Angela Paulson, Maddie Neely, Linzi Olinger, Houston Mees, Taylor Nelson, AJ Neely, Chelsea Schafer, James Adair and Madison Privett. Porter Walz will coordinate lighting and sound.