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’Little Women’ opera slated for Friday at Palace

Hawaii Performing Arts Festival presents a touching operatic retelling of “Little Women,” based on Louisa May Alcott’s classic American novel, at 7 p.m. Friday at the Palace Theater in Hilo.

“Little Women” centers on the lives of four sisters and their growing pains, tragedies and romances as they survive the trials and challenges of the American Civil War.

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Composer Mark Adamo, who attracted national attention when this highly successful opera that debuted in 1998, will be present.

A powerful story of growing up and growing apart in a time of war and recovery, “Little Women” is entering its 21st year as one of the most frequently performed American operas.

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Director Carleen Graham of Houston Grand Opera said, “The opera is very true to the classic novel and will be enjoyed by people of all ages.”

Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 the day of the performance and are available at the Palace Theater box office by calling 934-7010 or visiting www.hawaiiperformingartsfestival.org.