Louisa May Alcott: Dynamic Author Theater & Media Arts


Louisa May Alcott: Dynamic Author

Type: Performance
Art Form: Theater & Media Arts|Early Childhood|History, Math, Science
Grade Level: PreK-12
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Meet Louisa May Alcott, author of the much-loved autobiographical novel, Little Women. Louisa introduces students to important 19th century issues, including suffrage, abolition, equal education, and the Underground Railroad. Students also learn about the many famous friends of the Alcotts, including Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau, and come to appreciate the courage and determination of a fiercely independent woman and her unusual Victorian family. Programs can focus on a variety of topics, including the “literary flowering” of New England, the Underground Railroad, the Union Hospital, the Civil War, 19th century women’s rights and social reforms, and Louisa’s “thriller tales.”

PreK level version available. Programs are tailored to the grade level and may be adjusted to meet your needs.

Length: 45-60 Minutes
Audience Limit: 200
Curriculum Connection: Women of American History, Storytelling, Authors, Civil War, Women's History

Single Performance: $700
Additional Performances: $560
Travel: $75 per day
Pricing may vary for weekends/out-of-school time
Processing Fee of $30 added to all contracts

  • 1 reserved parking space
  • A small private area (even a closet is ok) for changing and keeping personal belongings (not a bathroom)
  • Bottled water

Performance space:

  • A large classroom or library area with ample room for the artist to move freely in her bulky costumes is preferred to an auditorium.
  • Audience should be seated at the beginning of the performance in a horseshoe formation large enough to allow three people across the middle.
  • Elementary school students should be seated on the floor.
  • Because no sound system is used, please ensure that the space will allow for each student to hear.

Arrival before first performance: 20 minutes
Strike time: 5 minutes

Time needed between performances: 5 minutes

No more than two consecutive grade levels should be included in any performance. Teachers are expected to model proper audience behavior to students.

Please introduce the performer as an Arts for Learning Massachusetts artist.

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