never too late to make yourself a better person
opens The Hundred
(Seattle, WA) –Seattle
Children’s Theatre (SCT) is excited to announce the opening of The
Hundred Dresses on Friday February 22, 2008 at 7:00pm in SCT’s
Charlotte Martin Theatre. The play, directed by Allison Narver and adapted from Eleanor Estes’ Newberry Honor
Book, runs through April 6, 2008.
Hundred Dresses is a story of bullying, courage and the meaning of
Petronski just wants to join the fun of having friends, like everyone else. But
in 1930s small town America, a Polish immigrant doesn’t easily fit in. When
Maddie’s best friend, Peggy, starts to tease Wanda, Maddie knows this isn’t
right. When the teasing doesn’t stop and the Petronskis move to get away from
the town’s prejudices, Maddie is wracked with guilt. She soon realizes that
allowing her friend to be a bully can be just as bad as acting that way herself.
Determined not to let her fear get the best of her again, Maddie braves the
scorn of her classmates and stands up to them, making an unlikely friend in the
SCT Artistic Director Linda
Hartzell says, “This is a truly charming and well-told story, important
for our kids to see and hear, giving them an understanding that history can
impact the present.” And she hopes to reach out to boys as well as girls.
“Even though it is about a young girl and has the word ‘dresses’ in the
title, I ask you to encourage the children in your life to keep their minds open
to stories told from a different point of view—we all have so much to learn
and enjoy from this tale.”
This is Director Allison Narver’s first production with SCT. Narver was previously
Artistic Director at Empty Space Theatre and Annex Theatre in Seattle. Her
recent local directing credits include Clean
House at ACT, Memory House and
Bad Dates at Seattle Repertory Theatre, and Little
Women at Book-It Repertory Theatre.
Dresses features an outstanding cast of local actors, including Susanna
Burney, Emily Cedergreen, Philip
Davidson, Troy Fischnaller, Tim
Gouran, Sarah Harlett (who also appeared in The Neverending Story this
season at SCT), Marianne Owen, Sharia
Pierce, and Betsy Schwartz, with Peter
Dylan O’Connor and Tracy Repep
Other members of the production’s artistic staff
include Costumer Designer Melanie Taylor
Burgess, Lighting Designer Rick
Paulsen, Dialect Coach Judith Shahn,
Scenic Designer/Composer Carey Wong,
and Sound Designer Chris Walker.
Hundred Dresses will be presented in SCT’s Charlotte Martin Theatre.
Seattle Children’s Theatre is located at 201 Thomas Street, under the Space
Needle at Seattle Center. Tickets for The
Hundred Dresses range in price from $17 to $33 and may be purchased by
calling the SCT Ticket Office at (206) 441-3322 or by visiting www.sct.org. The
Hundred Dresses is recommended for ages 8 and older.
Seattle Children’s Theatre would like to thank season sponsors Microsoft
and Boeing, show sponsors Dorsey
& Whitney and PONCHO, and
season affiliate Target for their