The Hundred Dresses - February 19 - February 28, 2015

Marshalltown Community Theatre

 DIRECTOR'S NOTES 

 

ABOUT "THE HUNDRED DRESSES" 

 

Eleanor Estes’s The Hundred Dresses won a Newbery Honor in 1945 and has never been out of print. Perhaps it’s because the book addresses ageless and relevant questions.

 

How do we as individuals and communities respond

to and treat those different from ourselves? 

 

What moral responsibility do we each

have when injustice is before us? 

 

As we watch Maddie struggle with these questions through Mary Surface’s stage adaptation of this classic children’s story, we may recognize ourselves.  Sometimes it is too late for apologies, sometimes we wait too long in the shadows as bystanders, and sometimes we do nothing.

 

But the beauty of the story is hope. 

 

Those who are thoughtless can learn, those who are mistreated can forgive, and those who wait in the shadows can gain courage to stand for what is right and just.  

  

For, in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children's future. And we are all mortal.”   -  John F. Kennedy

 

Karen Roessler, Director

 

 

 

 

 

SPECIAL THANKS

 

Marshalltown Community Theatre would like to thank the following

for their assistance with this production:

 

 Fisher Community Center Staff, Hellberg's Jewelry, Lowe's Flowers,

Marshalltown Assistance League, Becky Mounsdon, Peggy Schoer,

Frickeville Antiques, Marshall County Historical Society, Van Metre Auctions, Marshalltown Community Schools, Main Street Antique Mall,

Orpheum Theatre Center, Frank Ocasio, Kyle Martin, Mary Ann Tordsen,

Members of Julie Bousum's art classes at Meskwaki Settlement School, Members of Rebecca Ericson's art classes at MHS

Ashley Macbeth and Audrey Roush

 

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