The Hundred Dresses

The Hundred Dresses

January 17 - February 12
Ideal for ages 6 & up

Adapted by Ralph Covert and G. Riley Mills
From the book by Eleanor Estes
Directed by Sean Graney
Arrangements and Music Direction by Andra Velis Simon
Choreography by Tommy Rapley
Duration: 75 minutes

“Enchanting…a family classic” – Chicago Sun-Times

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About this Show
With the New Year comes the return of an all-time favorite, Chicago Children’s Theatre’s The Hundred Dresses, the smash hit musical about a young girl who struggles with bullying and learns what it takes to stand up to others – even when you’re standing alone.

Meet Wanda Petronski, the new girl in school. Wanda talks with a funny foreign accent and wears the same faded blue dress to school every day. Yet she swears her closet back home is lined with 100 beautiful silk dresses. Still, the “mean girls” at school pick on Wanda relentlessly. And those who stand by silently soon learn that doing nothing can be the worst form of bullying of all.

Adapted and created by Ralph “Ralph’s World” Covert and G. Riley Mills, the original 2009 world premiere was one of Chicago Children’s Theatre’s biggest hits ever, prompting the Chicago Tribune to proclaim CCT had “delivered on its promise to elevate the experience of children’s theater in this city.”

Now The Hundred Dresses is back, directed again by Sean Graney, artistic director of The Hypocrites, and it’s ready to engage a whole new generation of Chicago children with its 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.

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.

Join us on January 21 after the 11am and 2pm performances for a talk-back with Judy Freedman, author of “Easing the Teasing,” a groundbreaking program to proactively address the issue of teasing, which empowers children with essential life-long coping skills to manage and overcome these painful incidents.

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Access Weekend
Access Weekend for The Hundred Dresses will be Saturday and Sunday, February 4 and 5. Performances times are Saturday, 11AM, 2PM, and 6PM, and Sunday, 11AM and 2PM.

Open Captioning will be provided for all performances on Saturday and Sunday, February 4 and 5.

Touch Tours will be offered before the 2pm show on February 4 and the 11am show on February 5. Registration for the touch-tour is free but the purchase of the show ticket is required. Click here to register.

Audio Described performances will follow the touch tours on February 4 at 2pm and February 5 at 11am.

At 11am on Sunday, February 5, we will also offer a sensory friendly performance. A quiet room and family restroom will be available.

For more information about access and inclusion at CCT, contact Access & Inclusion Manager Alex Mauney – cmauney@chicagochildrenstheatre.org


What Critics are Saying
“(CCT) Delivered on its promise to elevate the experience of children’s theatre in this city” – Chicago Tribune

“Fresh and appealing homegrown adaptation of a moving work of children’s literature…irreverant, funky and Chicago-style” – Chicago Tribune

“Altogether beguiling…enchanting…bound to become a family classic…its biggest hit to date” – Chicago Sun-Times

Ruth Page Center for the Arts
1016 N. Dearborn St, Chicago, IL 60610
Box Office: 872-222-9555
Box Office Phone Hours:
9 AM – 1 PM on Tuesday-Friday

Due to construction on the lot next door to the Ruth Page Center, parking can currently be found at the following locations:
-Newberry Plaza, 1030 N. State Street, around the corner from the venue
-LAZ Parking, next to the Hotel Indigo (1250 N. Dearborn Street), just north of Division Street
-On-street parking, metered at $4/hour, two-hour maximum

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