AHS Theatre Design Contest (Draw a Dress!)

Our Advanced Acting Class is presenting a one-act play (set in 1990s—not 1944) of the famous book:
The Hundred Dresses
The play will be directed by Natasha MacInnis, AHS Theatre student teacher.
AHS Theatre is hosting a Design Contest for 100 colorful dresses from 1990s era drawn on white 8.5 x 11 inch paper.
These drawings will then be incorporated into the set!

The Hundred Dresses is a 1944 children's book by Eleanor Estes, illustrated by Louis Slobodkin. In the book, a young Polish girl named Wanda Petronski goes to a school in an American town, in Connecticut, where the other children see her as "different" and mock her. Peggy and Maddy are the two girls who often make fun of her by asking her the number of dresses she had.

Drawings of dresses on white paper

Rules for Design a Dress Contest:

  1. Only K—12 students in the Ashland School District may participate.
  2. Each contestant may submit 1, 2, or 3 of their best drawings of dresses. The picture can include the child wearing the dress, but no human figure is required—just the dress.
  3. The dress must take up ½ or more of the 8.5 x 11 plain white paper. (large enough to see clearly 10 feet away.) Colorful dresses from the 1990s era are most valued. Name and phone number must be on the back of the drawing—not on the front.
  4. The top 50 winning drawings will be part of the show.
  5. Six First Place winners will be chosen (2 from Elementary, 2 from Middle School and 2 from AHS) to receive acknowledgment in the “100 Dresses” program and orally at the show AND 2 free tickets to an AHS production:
    • The Addams Family (Feb 27—March 8)
    • State Showcase & Dessert Sunday, March 15 7 p.m.​
    • Urinetown, The Musical remount in (March 29, 30 at 7:30 p.m.
    • Moon Over Buffalo (May)
    • A voucher for two for any future shows
  6. The (10) 2nd place winners will win a $5 off coupon to see any AHS show and their name listed in the “100 Dresses” one-act play program.
  7. All entries are due Thursday, March 5 at 4 p.m. Sorry, no late entries will be considered.

The Hundred Dresses


The book centers on Wanda Petronski, a poor and friendless Polish-American girl. Her 3rd grade teacher, outwardly kind, does not say anything when her schoolmates tease her. One day, after Wanda's classmates laugh at her funny last name and the faded blue dress she wears to school every day, Wanda claims to own one hundred dresses, all lined up in her closet at her worn-down house. This outrageous and obvious lie becomes a game, as the group of girls headed by Maddy and Peggy in her class corner her every day before school, demanding that she describe all of her dresses for them. She is mocked, and her mother, Jana Petronski, reveals that due to constant despise of his family they must leave town.

The teacher holds a drawing contest in which the girls are to draw dresses of their own design. Wanda enters and submits one hundred beautiful designs. Her classmates are in awe of her talent and realize that these were her hundred dresses. The students who teased her feel remorse and want her to know this, but they are not sure how. They decide to write her a kind letter and send it to her old address, hoping the post office can forward it. Unfortunately, she has already moved away and does not realize she won the contest.

Nevertheless, Wanda's lovely nature and kind heart are revealed later when she tells the teacher to give the students the drawings.

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