Louisa May Alcott: Dynamic Author

Type: Performance
Art Form: Storytelling|Theater
Grade Level: 3-12
Scheduling Request

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.” Programs are tailored to the grade level and may be adjusted to meet your needs.

Note: Available live online through your remote learning platform.

Length: 45-60 Minutes
Audience Limit: 80-160
Curriculum Connection: Women of American History, Storytelling, Authors, Civil War, Women's History

Remote single (small group): $340
Remote single (large group): $540

For SMALL groups (audiences up to 80):

Single Show: $425

Back-To-Back: $720

Three-In-A-Row: $1,020

Four-In-A-Row: $1,315

For LARGE groups (audiences 81-160):

Single Show: $675

Back-To-Back: $1,145

Three-In-A-Row: $1,620

Four-In-A-Row: $2,090

Travel fee: based upon mileage

Note: Prices 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.


Please introduce the performer as a Young Audiences of Massachusetts artist.

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