ST. JOHN — Coronavirus or no, the St. John High School production of the Broadway musical "Little Women" is on schedule for three performances, Nov. 13-15, at the St. John High School auditorium, 505 N. Broadway.


Coronavirus precautions are in place for a 7 p.m. curtain time for Friday and Saturday night productions and 2 p.m. curtain time for the Sunday matinee.


SJHS Drama assistant director Jane Bennington said she and daughter Wendy Hacker, who is directing, will follow established COVID-19 guidelines for all three performances, including assigned seating for audience members.


"Masks will be required for all audience members," Bennington said. "Students on stage also wear protective gear."


COVID concerns were considered in the decision of whether to proceed with the fall musical, Bennington said.


"We have decided to go ahead because our students gain a lot of pleasure, fun and knowledge on a stage, in a sound booth, and with lights and music," Bennington said. "We are encouraged because the tennis, football, volleyball, and cross-country teams made it through their seasons, by following social distancing and wearing masks, and did very well in their competitions."


Based on the novel "Little Women" by Louisa May Alcott, the production centers around four March Family teenage sisters — Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy — and their mother, Marmee, as well as other characters, set in the 1860s during the Civil War, in Massachusetts and New York.


"The story plot is one of those which has appeared on movie screens and stages by many players throughout the years," Bennington said.


Tickets for all performances will be sold at the door, with seating to be staggered, Bennington said. Tickets are $5 per person.


"Due to an expected loss of revenue from in-person ticket sales which we owe to the production company, an online viewing opportunity may be available for a fee, pending permission from the Music Theatre International production company in New York," Bennington said.


"Donations to the theater department will also be welcomed," Bennington said. "We’re still watching closely the number of COVID cases in Stafford County and last-minute changes in plans may be necessary."