Grafton's 'Orchard House' Movie Picked Up By Lifetime

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The "Orchard House" crew waits out the rain during a Christmas scene in front of the former Town House in Grafton. Photo Credit: Jennifer Lord Paluzzi (file photo)

GRAFTON, Mass. — "Orchard House," a movie shot in Grafton over the summer, has found a home — and a new name — on the Lifetime cable network for Christmas.

Renamed "The March Sisters at Christmas," the Moody Independent production will air in November as part of the network's "It's a Wonderful Lifetime" holiday blitz in November, according to a press release from Lifetime.

"'The March Sisters at Christmas' stars Julie Marie Berman as eldest sister, Jo March, on a contemporary take of the timeless novel, 'Little Women,'" the description says. "We follow the sisters (Kaitlin Doubleday, Melissa Farman and Molly Kunz) as they fight to save their family home, Orchard House, and search for love during Christmas time. John Shea co-stars."

For two weeks in August, "Orchard House" was 35 North St., a historic Greek Revival home rented out by the McInnis family. The summer heat posed problems for the Christmas-set production, with portable air conditioning units and giant ducts brought in to cool the sweater-wrapped cast.

Scenes, featuring Grafton extras, were also shot around Grafton Common at the Grafton Country Store and the former Grafton Town House, which were decked with Christmas lights for the occasion. Grafton firefighters, along with one of the town's trucks, were also featured in one scene.

The name "Grafton," however, will not be mentioned in the film. Like Louisa May Alcott's classic tale, the updated version of "Little Women" is set in Concord.

An exact air date has not been set. The film was directed by John Stimpson.

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janetweightman:

I would be willing to bet that person who wrote this article never read or watched Little Women or they would know that the oldest sister isn't Jo the oldest sister is Meg

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