Monday, June 16, 2008


Based on Laura Ingalls Wilder's beloved "Little House" books, this world premiere musical centers on the independent spirit of the teenager Laura, the family's settlement in DeSmet, South Dakota, and the hardships and joys faced by a family in a pioneer community. Internationally renowned opera and theater director Francesca Zambello leads a cast of familiar faces and rising stars in this world premiere musical presented on the McGuire Proscenium Stage at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. The show runs July 26 through October 5.

Broadway veteran Steve Blanchard leads the Ingalls family through the joys and hardship of pioneer life as “Pa." Melissa Gilbert, best known for her work in the 1970s television series, returns to her Little House roots to play “Ma," with her signature character Laura coming to life on the musical stage through the talents of Kara Lindsay. Jenn Gambatese plays the role of eldest daughter Mary, a character who struggles with scarlet fever and its resulting blindness. Rounding out the Ingalls family is Twin Cities native Maeve Moynihan as Carrie. The cast also features Sara Jean Ford as the prissy, spoiled and manipulative Nellie Oleson, and Kevin Massey, who brings romance to the prairie as Almanzo Wilder.

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