I took our girls to see The Hundred Dresses when it first premiered in Chicago in 2009. They were young, but the show made a strong impression. When I told them today that the Chicago Children’s Theatre brought the show back to the stage, they immediately said they wanted to see it again.
The Hundred Dresses, adapted and created by Ralph “Ralph’s World” Covert and G. Riley Mills, is the story of a young girl who struggles with bullying. Wanda Petronski, the new girl in school, comes to school each day in the same faded dress. She talks with a funny accent and lives alone with her father. The “mean girls” take great pleasure in bullying Wanda every day. The rest of the class watches, but does not act to help Wanda. Through it all, Wanda tries to makes friends in her new class. She tells tales of the dresses in her closet. She spins tales about the beautiful silk dresses she has, often describing them in great detail.
“Based on Eleanor Estes’ timeless children’s novel, Chicago Children’s Theatre’s smash hit The Hundred Dresses takes audiences of all ages on a fun, funny, heartwarming musical journey that explores the bonds of friendship and the courage to be yourself.” The Hundred Dresses is directed again by Sean Graney, artistic director of The Hypocrites. It’s a “funny, touching story, prankster school boy characters, girls in a rainbow of dresses, high-energy rock music and fun, creative choreography, all tied together with a poignant and timely anti-bullying message.”
The Hundred Dresses is on the Ruth Page Center for the Arts (1016 N. Dearborn Street, Chicago) stage through February 12. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit http://chicagochildrenstheatre.org/shows/the-hundred-dresses-2/
Shari writes about life with twins at Two Times the Fun. Image courtesy of Michael Brosilow for The Chicago Children’s Theatre.
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