He can also identify with the heroine of the play, Jo March, and her experience of finding her role in the world.
"It's personally my journey, as well," he said. "I went to New York for college, realized that I missed my family and home and community, so I came back here."
Hewitt, who is co-directing the musical with his wife, Caitlyn Hewitt, decided to frame the show on a smaller scale, so the audience will be seated on the actual stage of the Century High School auditorium and will surround the performers on three sides, in a thrust stage layout.
He said that the change in staging will allow the audience to be come more involved with the characters in the musical.
"It's so emotional that it's hard to connect with an audience in the proscenium," he said.
Producing a show set in a historical era presents a challenge for the show's costumer, since, even though there is artistic license, there are still specific clothing details that need to be researched and duplicated. Costumer Maggie Neal, a senior at Century, is tackling that challenge, as well as playing the role of Marmee, the mother of the four girls, in the musical.
Neal researched period costuming for her work on the show.
"At the beginning of rehearsals in August, I started sketching," she said.
The costumes reflect an attention to detail. The women are wearing corsets, petticoats and hoops to create the appropriate shape for their dresses. The men are wearing waistcoats — standard dress for the Civil War era.
Neal's job as a costumer required a lot of work, since the actors also have costume changes during the play.
When: Performances continue at 7 p.m. Oct. 16, 17 and 18, with a matinee performance at 2 p.m. Oct. 18.
Where: Century High School, 355 Ronsdale Road, Eldersburg
Cost: Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Seating is limited to 150 audience members per performance, so advance purchase of tickets is recommended. Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.centurydrama.com. There is a small processing fee.