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Metro Theater Company presents “The Hundred Dresses”

Metro Theater Company

Metro Theater Company (MTC) presents “The Hundred Dresses” at the Grandel Theatre, February 3 through 24, 2019. Approximate run time is one hour. Adapted by William Kent Williams from the Newbery Honor book by Eleanor Estes, its themes are as timeless and keenly relevant today as they were when it was first published.

February 3 through 24, 2019
Fridays at 7 pm: February 8, 15, and 22
Saturday at 7 pm: February 23
Sundays at 2 pm: February 3, 10, 17, and 24

The Grandel Theatre, 3610 Grandel Square, St. Louis, MO 63108

Tickets are $14- $20 and are available through MetroTix at 314-534-1111 or online. $20 adults; $16 students, seniors, and military; $14 groups of 10 or more. For more information, call Metro Theater Company at 314.932.7414.

Intimate seating at The Grandel Theatre

Learn more about the show in the educator’s guide.

Wanda Petronski, the new girl in Room 13, is an immigrant who lives in a shabby house and doesn’t have any friends. Every day she wears the same faded blue dress, but tells her new classmates that she has a hundred dresses at home. Her classmates tease Wanda about her hundred dresses until one day she disappears from school. As guilt overtakes the children, they decide to find out what happened to Wanda and to make amends. But is it too late?

Bullying, friendship, and forgiveness are at the center of “The Hundred Dresses.” It takes audiences of all ages on an exploration of tolerance and empathy. It especially helps younger audiences learn important life lessons about having courage to stand up for others and taking responsibilities for our own actions. Critics and experts have long lauded the story as one children won’t forget and its adaptations as a must-see for families.

“I am delighted to bring one of my favorite stories to the Grandel stage,” said Julia Flood, director of “The Hundred Dresses”/artistic director of Metro Theater Company. “‘The Hundred Dresses’ explores the power of girls, and shines a light on the consequences we face from small thoughtless actions in response to those who are different from us. It is a story for our time.”

Metro Theater Company’s five-member cast for “The Hundred Dresses” includes Sophie Murk as Wanda, Alicia Revé Like as Maddie, Hailey Medrano as Peggy, Philip C. Dixon as Mr. Mason, and Jacob Cange as Tommy/Mr. Svenson.

Cast and Production Team

“The Hundred Dresses” is presented by presenting sponsor PNC Arts Alive. Major support is provided by Monsanto Fund.

Author Eleanor Estes

About Eleanor Estes
Eleanor Estes (1906-1988) was an American children’s author. When she was a child, she watched her friends bully a classmate – a Polish girl who wore the same worn dress each day. She was a bystander, watching, but doing nothing, and felt guilty as she grew older. Eventually she became a children’s librarian, wanting to teach others the lesson she wished she had learned as a child. “As my mother grew older, she just felt really badly about the way that little girl had been treated and isolated,” explained Estes’s daughter, Helena. “She thought, ‘Well, there’s only one thing I can do… I can write a story.’ So she did.”

Eleanor Estes wrote down her childhood memories while recovering from tuberculosis, and became a children’s author. Her many published works are widely read; but “The Hundred Dresses” continues to be the most popular, remaining in print since its publication in 1944. It was awarded the Newbery Honor in 1945. Speaking about “The Hundred Dresses” Eleanor Estes said, “I am holding up a mirror, and the scene reflected in the mirror is a true image of childhood, and the mirror, besides reflecting, also speaks and echoes the clear, profound, unpremeditated utterances, thoughts, and imageries of these children. I like to make children laugh or cry, to be moved in some way by my writing.”

In total, Eleanor Estes wrote 19 children’s books and one novel for adults. Three of these books—”The Middle Moffat,” “Rufus M.,” and “The Hundred Dresses”—were chosen as Newbery Honor books. “Ginger Pye” (1951) won the Newbery Medal.

About Metro Theater Company
Since 1973, Metro Theater Company has been creating accessible sensory productions that respect young people’s intelligence, tell compelling stories, stimulate curiosity and provoke thoughtful reflection. The Company has reached a total audience of more than two million and has a national reputation for excellence in the field of professional theater for young audiences. Metro Theater Company has received major honors and awards, both locally and nationally.

Metro Theater Company Artistic Director/Director Julia Flood

Julia Flood (Artistic Director/Director) has directed Bud, Not Buddy, Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, And in This Corner…Cassius Clay, Out of the Box, Talkin’ Trash, Afflicted: Daughters of Salem, Unsorted and Say Something, Do Something! for Metro Theater Company since she moved to St. Louis to become Artistic Director in February 2014. Previously, Julia spent 16 years as Artistic Director of Eckerd Theater Company in Clearwater, Florida where she commissioned such plays as Vote? by Eric Coble, provoked by Florida’s role in the 2000 Presidential election, and Battledrum by Doug Cooney with Lee Ahlin, a musical about the effects of war on young people through the lens of Civil War drummer boys, subsequently
produced at Metro Theater Company. A graduate of Northwestern University, Julia spent seven years as a resident member of the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble in Pennsylvania, a unique artist-led ensemble founded under the guidance of legendary acting teacher Alvina Krause, before following a freelance career as actor/director/playwright/teacher. This path led to Florida and eventually to her new artistic home in St. Louis. Julia has served on the national Board of Directors of Theatre for Young Audiences/USA since 2011, and brings more than 35 years of experience to her role as Artistic Director of Metro Theater Company.

Youth & Family Friendly Events at CAM

In addition to its thought-provoking exhibitions and engaging events, the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (CAM) presents several fun and unique programs for youth and families this summer.


Stroller Tours
Wednesdays, June 3, July 1, and August 5   |  FREE
9 to 10 am
Recommended for infants to 24 months.
Complimentary refreshments.
Designed for art lovers and their young ones, this special guided tour of the current exhibitions offers something new each month.



Morning Play Dates
Wednesdays, June 3, July 1, and August 5   |   FREE
10 to 11 am
Recommended for ages 2 to 5 years old.
Complimentary refreshments.
Aspiring young artists and their families participate in unique art and movement based projects, artist-led activities, and performances. The June 3 Play Date features artist Dani Radosevich who leads an optical glasses art activity in which kids can see through different shades of color to change the perception of their environment. Musical entertainment for the June 3 event features Celia.



Family Day Block Party
Saturday, June 20, 10 am to noon   |   FREE
Recommended for ages 3 to 12 years old.
Join CAM, the Pulitzer, and the Sheldon for a special Family Day Block Party filled with art activities, performances, storytelling, face painting, and more at each location (the three arts organizations are adjacent to each other). CAM features a huge cardboard labyrinth workshop and band The Trip Daddys.



Stop-Motion Madness Summer Camp
Monday through Friday, July 27-31
9 to 11:30 am
Ages 9 to 13 years old
$125 general; $85 for CAM Family Members
Register by July 13.
Artist Sarah Paulsen guides campers in creating their own collage and live-action animation videos.



Punk Printmaking Summer Camp
Monday through Friday, July 27-31
12:30 to 3 pm
Ages 9 to 13 years old
$125 general; $85 for CAM Family Members
Register by July 13.
Campers celebrate non-traditional printmaking and create printed artwork, stickers, posters, and t-shirts with artist Eric Repice.



Crushed: Found Object Letterpress Workshop
Monday through Friday, August 3-7
1 to 4:30 pm
Ages 14 to 18 years old
Register by May 29.
CAM, Central Print, and artist Sage Dawson offer a new take on traditional and contemporary methods in printmaking. High school students explore letterpress printing on the proof press, including innovative new approaches to using centuries-old art making techniques. This one week program starts with an introduction to letterpress and its history in St. Louis. Students then explore the urban landscape and print posters using found objects that make a literal impression of our culture. A maximum of nine students will be accepted into the program. Once accepted, students attend free of charge and must make a commitment to consistently attend all five classes.

Classes meet at two locations 1 to 4:30 pm:
August 3 & 4 at Central Print, 2624 N. 14th St., St. Louis, MO 63106
August 5 at CAM, 3750 Washington Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63108
August 6 & 7 at Central Print, 2624 N. 14th St., St. Louis, MO 63106


Photos: Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (CAM)

Fall family events at Laumeier Sculpture Park

Photo: Laumeier Sculpture Park
Photo: Laumeier Sculpture Park

Ready to explore contemporary art in lush fields, free your imagination, create your own works of art, and see dance on riding lawnmowers? Be sure to experience Laumeier Sculpture Park‘s fun and free family friendly events this Fall. All ages are welcome, although the tours may be more interesting to children age 8 and up.

Friday, September 5, 2014 at 5 pm
Family Tour: “How’d They Do That?”
The Way Field at Laumeier Sculpture Park
12580 Rott Road, St. Louis

Join Laumeier Sculpture Park for a visual tour and scavenger hunt. Enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at how large-scale sculptures are built and maintained. Learn how natural phenomena and the environment affect the preservation and deterioration of works of art.

Friday, September 5, 2014, 5 to 7 pm
Family Activity: Feast for Your Eyes
The Way Field at Laumeier Sculpture Park
12580 Rott Road, St. Louis

Participants in this activity will experiment with color and work together to create an expressive work of art.

Sunday, October 5, 2014 at 2 pm
Family Tour: Poetry in Motion
Meet at the sculpture: Tony Tasset, Eye, 2007
Laumeier Sculpture Park
12580 Rott Road, St. Louis

View kinetic works of art and those with implied movement, including the current Kranzberg Exhibition Series installation, Tom Huck: Bugs, 2014 (this exhibition opens October 3, 2014 in the Children’s Sculpture Garden at Laumeier). The whimsical installation will inspire visitors to take a closer look at how art can amplify or reframe both the beautiful and creepy-crawly in nature.

Sunday, October 5, 2014, 2 to 4 pm
Family Activity: Art Moves!
Education Center Deck at Laumeier Sculpture Park
12580 Rott Road, St. Louis

Rhythm and movement in nature can serve as wonderful inspiration! Join Laumeier Sculpture Park for kinetic creations and take home a family-focused activity book, featuring original drawings by 2014 Kranzberg Exhibition Series artist Tom Huck.

Photo: Laumeier Sculpture Park
Photo: Laumeier Sculpture Park

Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 11 am & 1 pm
American Arts Experience St. Louis 2014
Laune Dance Performance

The Way Field at Laumeier Sculpture Park
12580 Rott Road, St. Louis

Dancer, choreographer, and 2015 Kranzberg Exhibition Series artist Ashley McQueen will honor the labor that goes into the manicured landscape at Laumeier Sculpture Park. Through a series of dance performances using riding lawnmowers, hedge-trimmers, and watering hoses, Ms. McQueen and her dancers will explore Laumeier Sculpture Park’s unique relationship with the St. Louis County Parks staff—highlighting the passion and hard work that are involved in the care and maintenance of the 105-acre park.

Questions about these events? Call 314.615.5278 or info@laumeier.org.

Laumeier Sculpture Park Site Map

Laumeier Sculpture Park Visitor Information (Please do not climb on sculptures!)

Laumeier Sculpture Park Discovery Guide

Laumeier Sculpture Park Family Activities for Home


Summer Arts & Crafts at the Sheldon Art Galleries

The Sheldon Art Galleries presents “Summer Fun for the Kids!” an arts and crafts program, June 27 through August 10 (no class on Thursday, July 4), Saturdays from 11 am to 1 pm and Thursdays from 1 to 3 pm. The art activities take place in the Sheldon’s Children’s Gallery. There is a $3 suggested donation per child. Art projects for children include creating paper plate clown masks, metallic masks with feathers, paper and clothespin dolls, cloth doll dresses and costumes, personal journals, friendship/button bracelets, and more. Be sure to view the Circus Summer exhibition during your visit. The exhibition features art work by area children who were inspired by Circus Flora performances in 2012.

Summer Fun for the Kids!
Arts and Crafts Activities Schedule

Thursday, June 27, 2013, 1 to 3 pm
Saturday, June 29, 2013, 11 am to 1 pm
Saturday, July 6, 2013, 11 am to 1 pm
Thursday, July 11, 2013, 1 to 3 pm
Saturday, July 13, 2013, 11 am to 1 pm
Thursday, July 18, 2013, 1 to 3 pm
Saturday, July 20, 2013 11 am to 1 pm
Thursday, July 25, 2013, 1 to 3 pm
Saturday, July 27, 2013, 11 am to 1 pm
Thursday, August 1, 2013, 1 to 3 pm
Saturday, August 3, 2013, 11 am to 1 pm
Thursday, August 8, 2013, 1 to 3 pm
Saturday, August 10, 2013, 11 am to 1 pm

Questions? Call the Sheldon Art Galleries at 314.533.9900.

Photo: Sheldon Art Galleries

Arts events for families on October 7

What are you doing on Sunday, October 7, 2012? We are so lucky in St. Louis to have many quality, family friendly arts events to choose from this Sunday. Join in the fun and enjoy visual art, dance, jazz, or classical music!

Visual arts open studio at COCA
Sunday, October 7, 2012, 1 to 3 pm
524 Trinity Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63130

Children (3+) explore collage, book art, watercolor, and paper maché under the guidance of COCA’s visual arts instructors. Children under 6 must be accompanied by an adult.

hip hOZ performance at COCA
Sunday, October 7, 2012 at 1:30 pm and 3:30 pm
524 Trinity Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63130
$16 to $20

COCA presents the world-premiere of this original production that takes audiences on a high energy, hip-hop adventure down the yellow brick road. Created by international hip-hop sensation, and COCA’s own, Redd Williams, hip hOZ features innovative choreography to mash-ups of classic and contemporary music. Tickets are almost sold out as of October 4, 2012.

Get Hip! Jazz St. Louis Youth Concert at Touhill Performing Arts Center
Sunday, October 7, 2012 at 2 pm
One University Boulevard, St. Louis, Missouri 63121
FREE (no tickets needed)

Presented by Jazz St. Louis, Get Hip! is a fun, interactive introduction to jazz that illuminates the art form’s cultural origins, concepts about improvisation and creative self-expression, and explores the role and responsibility of each individual member of the jazz ensemble and how they all must work together. Instrument “petting zoo” and face painting begins at 1 pm in the lobby.

St. Louis Symphony Family Concert: Green Eggs and Ham at Powell Hall
Sunday, October 7, 2012 at 3 pm
718 North Grand Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63103
$12 to $17

This 45 minute interactive performance features a theme of “trying new things,” something everyone needs help with! The first half of the concert includes music by Copland, Reich, and Ives and encourages the audience to join in with clapping, rhythm patterns, and singing. The second half of the concert brings the famous book Green Eggs and Ham to life, with words by Dr. Seuss, music by Rob Kapilow, actor Michael Boudewyns, and soprano Kimberly Schroeder of the Really Inventive Stuff theater group.

Photo: Jazz St. Louis

St. Louis Symphony Performances

The St. Louis Symphony is right in your backyard but is also world renowned. Haven’t seen them before or having difficulty picking a concert from their wonderfully full performance schedule? Here are some suggestions for both unique outings with the kids and stellar date nights. In particular, the date night concerts feature some not-to-be-missed incredible artists and repertoire. Unless otherwise noted, the following descriptions (and adjectives) of the performances are taken directly from the St. Louis Symphony web site.

Single tickets for most 2011-2012 concerts are available on Friday, August 12.

Information about the 2011-12 Season
Box Office and Ticket Information
Plan Your Visit
Powell Hall

Photo: St. Louis Symphony, Scott Ferguson


Warner Brothers presents “Bugs Bunny at the Symphony”
Saturday, September 10, 2011 at 7 pm
Sunday, September 11, 2011 at 2 pm
George Daugherty, conductor and creator
Bugs Bunny is back with the STL Symphony providing live accompaniment to your favorite classic Looney Tunes on the big screen. This exhilarating new version is perfect for the entire family.


The Composer is Dead
by Nathaniel Stookey with text by Lemony Snicket
Sunday, October 30, 2011 at 3 pm
Ward Stare, conductor
Bobby Norfolk, narrator
There’s dreadful news from within Powell Hall–the composer is dead! Halloween weekend experience Lemony Snicket’s murder mystery whodunit, where the instruments are the suspects and no one will go unnoticed.


Mozart’s The Magic Flute (abridged)
In partnership with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
Sunday, January 15, 2012 at 3 pm
Ward Stare, conductor
Endlessly inventive, charmingly fantastical and utterly unique, Mozart’s final opera is a lighthearted tale of love and the art of birdcatching. The STL Symphony presents a special condensed version for kids featuring Opera Theatre of Saint Louis Young Artists.

Disney in Concert: Magical Music from the Movies
Saturday, February 11, 2012 at 7 pm
Sunday, February 12, 2012 at 2 pm
Ward Stare, conductor
Fun for the whole family! Enjoy a concert of symphonic arrangements from The Walt Disney Studio vault. Disney in Concert features music, film clips, and artist renderings showcasing a variety of musical scores from popular Disney movies including Mary Poppins, The Lion King, The Huntchback of Notre Dame, and more.


An American in Paris
Friday, September 30, 2011 at 8 pm
David Robertson, conductor
Ward Stare, conductor
Edgar Meyer, double bass
IVES Central Park in the Dark (Culture Mama note: This isn’t performed very often. Brilliant unraveling kind of music.)
COPLAND Suite from The City (with film accompaniment)
MEYER Double Bass Concerto No. 3 (World Premiere)
GERSHWIN An American in Paris

David Robertson leads an All-American program full of favorites complete with Gershwin’s depiction of an American’s escapades through the “City of Lights” and Copland’s first film score, The City, presented live with film. Edgar Meyer, reigning virtuoso of the double bass, makes his STL Symphony debut performing the world premiere of his astounding third double bass concerto.

Enigma Variations
Friday, October 21, 2011 at 10:30 am (Coffee Concert)
Saturday, October 22, 2011 at 8 pm
Sunday, October 23, 2011 at 3 pm
Vasily Petrenko, conductor
Olga Kern, piano (Culture Mama note: I worked with this wonderful pianist in DC at her Kennedy Center debut and have been continuously amazed at her strength, smarts, and gorgeous playing.)
RACHMANINOFF The Isle of the Dead
CHOPIN Piano Concerto No. 1
ELGAR Enigma Variations
Elgar’s mysterious Enigma Variations are full of familiar and gorgeous melodies including the popular “Nimrod.” Paired with pianist Olga Kern performing Chopin’s dazzling Piano Concert No. 1, you’ll be humming the marvelous tunes of this program for days.

Christine Brewer sings Strauss
Friday, January 13, 2012 at 8 pm
Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 8 pm

David Robertson, conductor
Christine Brewer, soprano
DVORAK Symphony No. 7
CRUMB A Haunted Landscape

R. STRAUSS Four Last Songs (Culture Mama note: one of my favorite works)
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch declares that “there is no one today who sings Richard Strauss’ soprano roles better than Christine Brewer – period.”  Hear the St. Louis phenomenon performing Strauss’ stirring Four Last Songs, his final complete work, and David Robertson conducting Dvorak’s splendid Seventh Symphony.


Hubbard Street Dance Chicago (Culture Mama note: Yes! Dance with live music.)
Friday, February 17, 2012 at 10:30 am (Coffee Concert)
Friday, February 17, 2012 at 8 pm
Saturday, February 18, 2012 at 8 pm
Sunday, February 19, 2012 at 3 pm
David Robertson, conductor
Hubbard Street Dance Company
St. Louis Symphony welcomes back the famed Hubbard Street Dance Chicago as one of the highlights of this exciting season exploring the synergy between music and dance. The internationally recognized troupe, returns to St. Louis after performing to sold-out audiences in 2009.

Bach Mass in B minor
Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 8 pm
Sunday, April 1, 2012 at 3 pm
David Robertson, conductor
Susanna Phillips, soprano
Kate Lindsey, mezzo-soprano
Nicholas Phan, tenor
Stephen Powell, baritone
St. Louis Symphony Chorus
Amy Kaiser, director
Composed in the final year of Bach’s life, the monumental Mass in B minor inspires audiences regardless of background as a spiritual masterpiece. David Robertson leads the combined forces of the St. Louis Symphony and Chorus for this powerfully transcendent work.

Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet

“Fierce, athletic, and compulsively sensual.” – Village Voice

Dance St. Louis presents Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet January 28 and 29 at Touhill Performing Arts Center. This New York based company works with some meaty and brilliant choreographers and beautiful dancers. Led by French-born Artistic Director Benoit-Swan Pouffer, the company will bring St. Louis dance fans some breath-filled, exhilarating, poignant, and stunning movement. We don’t get to see much contemporary ballet in this area, so be sure to experience this performance. I have yet to see Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet live, but from their video excerpts, there is clearly something visceral and Ballet Boyz/William Forsythe going on…

Friday, January 28 at 8 pm  |  Touhill Performing Arts Center
Saturday, January 29 at 2 pm and 8 pm  |  Touhill Performing Arts Center

Tickets $28 to $50

Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet Videos

Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet on Flickr