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William Jessup University's newly formed Department of Creative Arts will embark on its inaugural musical theater production of Louisa May Alcott's classic novel, Little Women the Musical this Friday, April 25 at 8pm; Saturday, April 26 at 3 or 8pm and Sunday, April 27 at 3 pm.

Although the Creative Arts department is new at Jessup, the play is a definite classic. Weaving themes of domesticity, work and true love, the story validates virtue over wealth and describes the passage from childhood to womanhood.

"Little Women is a piece of classic literature that everyone knows well and can identify with on some level," said Department Chair, Derek Martin. "We thought we would select something of this nature as our first performance because it has themes that speak to our values as a Christ-centered liberal arts university."

Martin joined Jessup in 2012 to chair the new Creative Arts program. Martin is a former faculty member from Regent University with the graduate program in Acting. He also served as the resident choreographer and a director in the main stage season. In addition to his role at Jessup, he is the Artistic Director of the Americana Theatre Company, a professional summer stock in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

Having spent the last 17 years as a professional actor, director, dancer and choreographer, Martin has worked with many professional theatre companies such as the off-Broadway, York Theatre Company in New York City, The Musical Theatre of Connecticut, Connecticut Repertory Theatre, Virginia Musical Theatre, The Palace Theatre in Manchester, New Hampshire, The Broward Stage Door Theatre, and the Round Barn Theatre to name a few.

Jessup's production of Little Women also features excellent music and an incredible script, plus a good mix of talent from the department, extended campus and surrounding community. Auditions were open to the public and held last November, followed by a rigorous rehearsal schedule that began in March.

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