Shelton resident to perform in 'Little Women' at WestConn

Carly Hodosi of Shelton will perform in the upcoming production of “Little Women” at Western Connecticut State University (WCSU). She will play the role of Beth, one of the sisters at the heart of the classic 19th century novel.

“Little Women” highlights the adventures of a lively quartet of sisters — Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy March — and their passage into adulthood before and during the Civil War. Performances are Nov. 13 to Dec. 5 at WCSU.

Louisa May Alcott's 1868 novel was adapted and brought to Broadway as “Little Women, the Broadway Musical” in 2005, for which actresses Sutton Foster and Maureen McGovern earned Tony Award nominations for Outstanding Actress in a Musical and Outstanding Featured Actress in a musical.

This will be the first musical to be performed in the new WCSU MainStage Theatre on the university's Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension, Danbury.

‘My favorite novel’

Julio Agustin Matos Jr., WCSU assistant professor of theater arts, will direct and choreograph. “To be honest, 'Little Women' is my favorite novel,” Matos said. “I probably read it at least 10 times as a kid, and the sequels, too.

“It's the perfect play for us to perform right now because we have seven graduating musical theater majors who are females, but no senior males,” said Matos, who coordinates the university's musical theater program.

Play’s composer, Broadway actresses

On Friday, Nov. 14, “Little Women” composer Jason Howland will be at a pre-show reception at 6:30 p.m. and a post-show “talk-back” as part of the MainStage Theatre's gala opening.

Matos said he is eager to welcome Howland, with whom he previously worked with in off-Broadway theater, to the WCSU campus.

Two seasoned Broadway actresses will make guest appearances during the show's run: Janelle Robinson and Jan Neuberger, who both will portray Aunt March. Robinson's credits include the role of Mrs. Corry in the original Broadway production of “Mary Poppins.” Neuberger played Grandma Who in the original Broadway production and revival of “Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”

“By performing alongside Janelle and Jan,” Matos said, “our students will experience first-hand Equity artists at work. They will be able to see what the expectations of a professional are, so they can aspire to something.”

Performance times and tickets

Performances will be at:

— 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 13

— 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 14, 15, 21 and 22

— 2 p.m. matinees on Saturday, Nov. 15, Sunday, Nov. 16, and Saturday, Nov. 22

— 10:30 a.m. on Thursday and Friday, Dec. 4 and 5 (abbreviated for school field trips)

Tickets are $25 for the public, $15 for seniors and non-WCSU students, and $10 for WCSU students, plus fees. Purchase tickets at 203-837-TIXX or

Who will be performing

Student cast members are:

— Audrey Twitchell of Milford, and Katrina Sebastian of Sterling, as Jo

— Hannah Bellows of Waterbury as Meg

— Carly Hodosi of Shelton as Beth

— Melanie Capparelli of Lagrangeville, N.Y. as Amy

— Colleen Gunning of Southbury, and Katelyn Leveille of Great Barrington, Mass., as Marmee

— Valarie Sue Henry of Waterbury as Aunt March

— Victoria Rojas of Danbury as Mrs. Kirk

— Matt Grasso of Bethel as Professor Bhaer

— Jared Starkey of Columbia as Laurie

— Michael Battista of North Haven as Mr. Laurence

— Willie Marte of Danbury as John Brooke

Twitchell, a WCSU senior musical theater major and one of the students cast as Jo March, is no stranger to Broadway. In 2006, she originated the role of Lee Bouvier in the musical “Grey Gardens.”