Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts



First Advisor

Zea, Wendi


AN ABSTRACT OF THE THESIS OFDanielle Silfies, for the Master of Fine Arts degree in Theater, presented on April 7, 2023, at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. TITLE: LITTLE WOMEN…HAVE BIG FEELINGS A COSTUME DESIGN THESIS ON LITTLE WOMEN: THE BROADWAY MUSICALMAJOR PROFESSOR: Wendi Zea This thesis is a gathering of research, analysis, design, and production work done for the costumes for the production of Little Women. The musical production took place in the McCloud Theater at Southern Illinois University from December 8th- December 11th, 2023. This musical is based on the famous book, Little Women, written by, Louisa Mae Alcott. The story explores the life and trials of the March family. The musical focuses primarily on the journey of Jo March and her struggles, and eventual success. The story investigates what it means to be family and emphasizes the bonds shared between the sisters. Chapter 1 focuses on the initial foundational information that will support the costume design. This includes, a selection of research looking into Louisa Mae Alcott and family, the Civil War, and the effect the war had on the families left at home. A section on character analysis that investigates the characters backgrounds, motivations, and relationships. It also includes my own personal goals for the production. Chapter 2 focuses on the design process. It dives into the collaboration with the other creators and shows the process behind the final designs. Chapter 3 explores the production process. It tells about the actual building, alteration, and realization of the garments. Chapter 4 will be a reflection from the feedback that was given by peers and professors. Lastly, the appendices will show all the relevant research, rendering, paperwork, and show photos (provided by John Lambert).




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