Belmont University Research Symposium (BURS)

Publication Date

Fall 2021


Music and Performing Arts, College of


Theatre and Dance, Department of

BURS Faculty Advisor

James Al-Shamma

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation


From its conception, and through countless retellings, there is no doubt that Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women is an American classic that has stood the test of time. Kate Hamill’s stage adaptation affirms and extends this legacy; the playwright adopts a contemporary feminist approach that defies gender norms and exclusivity in casting and encourages an actor-centered approach. This essay explains the importance of this adaptation and its influence on my portrayal of Beth March in Belmont University’s Fall 2021 production. It touches on the often overlooked significance of the second youngest sister as well as how my personal battle with illness aided me in arriving at an understanding of the character that transcended historical stereotypes.