The Ripley High School theater department will present a stage adaption of "Little Women" by Louisa May Alcott.

The show times are 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, and Sunday, Nov. 11, said Christina Iman, theater director.

Loosely based on Alcott and her three sisters, the story follows the March sisters –Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy – as they transition from childhood into womanhood.

It's a great time to bring "Little Women" to the stage.

"This is the 150th anniversary of the book. I thought this would be a good way to honor that classic novel," she said. "It's a pretty simple, straightforward telling of the story."

Senior Bethanny Johnson plays Josephine "Jo" March, the strong and willful principal character, a young woman struggling to subdue her fiery temper and stubborn personality.

Johnson was a good fit for the character, Iman said.

"She's been with me since she was a freshman. She's one of the more experienced actors that I have in this particular play. She just fits the character of Jo quite nicely," Iman said.

In addition to theater, Johnson also is involved in Ripley Viking cheerleading as team captain and participates in Model UN. She is the daughter of Jenni Johnson and Mark Johnson.

Senior Chance Jewell plays Theodore "Laurie" Lawrence, a rich young man who leaves near the Marches. In the novel, Laurie is the boy next door to the March family who falls in love with Amy March.

In addition to theater, Jewell is involved in Quiz Bowl and is a member of the Ripley Viking marching band. He is the son of Charlie and Michelle Jewell.

Jane Purkey, a junior, plays Amy March, the youngest sister and baby of the family. Purkey also made all of the costumes for the production. She is the daughter of Melanie and Brian Purkey.

"The cast is excited. We've been working really hard on it," Iman said.

Iman said Steve Holley's shop classes have helped the theater department construct one of Ripley High's more elaborate sets in recent memory.

"It's a house setting, so we have a living room and kitchen, but we also have an upstairs attic space where Jo does her writing. It's just a little more spread out and we have staircases that we don't typically put in our sets," Iman said.

The assistant director is Sydney Scarberry. Other cast members are Sidney Sheets as "Meg," Taylor Leaptrot as "Beth," Anne Blizzard as "Marmee," Elizabeth Crihfield as "Hannah," Laine Stover as "Aunt March," Tate Riley as "Mr. Laurence," Evan Bain as "Brooke," and Isaac Bays as "Father."