The classic Louisa May Alcott novel "Little Women" comes to the stage at Masquers Playhouse in Point Richmond with a twist. The Masquers production, opening this weekend, is a musical adaptation of the stories of sisters Jo, Meg, Amy and Beth.
The singing version opens Nov. 2 and runs through Dec. 8, with performances at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sunday matinees on Nov. 11 and Dec. 2 at the theater at 105 Park Place, across from the Hotel Mac in Point Richmond.
Jan Brown directs the cast of Anna Albanese, Tyler Barnes, Sophie Gabel-Sheinbaum, Miguel Gamalinda, Coley Grundman, Robert Love, Sophia Rose Morris, Shay Oglesby-Smith, Daniel Quezada and Melissa Tanner. Pat King handles musical direction.
General admission tickets are $20 each, available at www.masquers.org or by calling 510-232-4031.
A special $45 benefit dinner performance at 2 p.m. Nov. 18 includes dinner at the Hotel Mac.
WEST COUNTY NOTES: The Metropolitan Transportation Commission this week released its Pavement Condition Of Bay Area Jurisdictions report for 2011.
Among cities along the Interstate 80 corridor, San Pablo had the top score, with a 79, to rank at the top of the Good category, while Emeryville had a 78. Hercules had a 74 and El Cerrito and Pinole a 73, which all qualified as Good. Pinole's pavement condition score of 69 earned a ranking of Fair.
Berkeley's score of 59 (down from 60 last year) topped the At Risk category and Albany and Richmond were in the same group with a 58. Richmond's score represented a 12-point improvement over its 2006 ranking. No local jurisdictions fell under the Poor ranking of 51 or lower.
The film will be presented on the big screen at 7 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Rialto Cinemas Cerrito, 10070 San Pablo Ave., as part of the Cerrito Classics series.
"To my mind, Tracy-Hepburn's best, and an Oscar-winning screenplay by another couple, Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin," writes Linda Moss of Friends of the Cerrito Theater. "It's all about the battle of the sexes, and in a very modern way."
Judy Holliday plays the defendant in the comedy, which has the two headliners playing married attorneys who are handling opposite sides of the case.
Seats are $8 each available at the box office or online at rialto cinemas.com.
"Our artesania teacher, Marie-Astrid Do-Rodriguez and her students have been working all session on an amazing altar," organizers write. "So bring an ofrenda and your dancing shoes and come on out! As always, there will be plenty of music, dancing, drinks and homemade food."
The screening is sponsored by organic superfood importer Nutiva of Richmond and company CEO John Roulac will be on a panel of speakers with Pamm Larry of the campaign supporting food labeling measure Prop. 37 and Rebecca Newburn from Richmond Grows.