Oregon Stage Works ushers in the holidays with "Little Women," a story of family love, struggle and strength.

Oregon Stage Works ushers in the holidays with "Little Women," a story of family love, struggle and strength.

The show opens at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 4, at Oregon Stage Works, 191 A St., Ashland. It continues at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Jan. 4.

The theater will be closed on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1, but will offer special holiday performances at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 24 and 31. Previews will be staged at 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 2 and 3 ($15).

Based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott and adapted for the stage by Marisha Chamberlain, "Little Women" tells the story of four sisters growing up in Civil War America.

With their father away at war, times are hard, and the girls must find the courage both to realize their own dreams and to keep the family going.

The actors playing the four young sisters range in age from 10 to 23. Libby Barnard, who just completed her theater degree at SOU, is currently an understudy at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Sophia Palosaari has toured Europe with the Ambassadors of Music and performed at the Craterian with the Children's Dance Theatre.

North Medford High student Isabelle Schuler was last seen in Camelot Theatre and its Children's Theatre.

Emily Elizabeth Bunten has appeared in multiple productions with OSW's Ashland Children's Theatre.

Joining them are OSW veterans Julie Excell, Rochelle Savitt, James David Larson, Sam King and Larry Aerni. Rounding out the cast are Danielle Peplinski and Clinton Clark, a SOU theater major who makes his OSW debut.

Lisa Marie Malovoz directs. She also is in charge of lighting and set design. Sound design is by Myscha Caruso, whose original music weaves the play's scenes together. Stage manager for the production is Tyler Malovoz.

Costume design is by Sue Cowper, with assistance on costumes from Donna Klein, Sandra Brown and Carol Cash. Set construction is by Brian Wallace and Rowdy Yates and set painting by Charles Couraud. Eric Kresh is in charge of props.

Tickets are $20 for adults, and $12 for students and seniors. The theater will offer $15 tickets for seniors 65 and over at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 7, and at 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 12. See oregonstageworks.org or call 482-2334.