Hampton University
The Hampton University Players Present 'The Hundred Dresses' By Ralph Covert and G. Riley Mills, Based on the Book by Eleanor Estes, Directed by V.J. Banks
01/21/2020 - #154

HAMPTON, Va. (January 21, 2020) – Based on the beloved children’s book of the same name, "The Hundred Dresses" tells the story of young Wanda Petronski, a girl living in poverty. She wears the same faded blue dress to school each day, but brags about the 100 dresses she has at home when confronted by bullies. Wanda faces torment from her peers daily and eventually moves away, only for her peers to learn the shocking truth about her dresses. A story about bullying and the perseverance of the human spirit, this show is perfect for all audiences. It teaches the young and reminds the old of the power of kindness.

Ms. V. J. Banks is the director for “The Hundred Dresses.” Since the age of 5, Ms. Banks has lived a life in the theatre. She began her life in performance starring alongside artists such as Jennifer Holiday, Gerald LeVert, and Eddie LeVert. Ms. Banks has a B.A. in Print Journalism and Theatre Performance from Hampton University. She also graduated from Long Island University with a M.A. in Theatre Performance & Pedagogy.  She has been in several productions such as “The Bluest Eye” (Pecola), “Doubt” (Sister James), “Dreamgirls” (Deena Jones), and “Julius Caesar” (Marc Antony). Ms. Banks has also had the pleasure of working alongside Aunjanue Ellis ("The Help," "The Mentalist") in the critically-acclaimed world premiere of the play, “Through The Crack.” Her production of “Common Thread” recently finished touring in July 2018. The choreopoem centers on black life in America in the 21st century and was the recipient of a grant from the The Rea Foundation. Ms. Banks co-writes and stars in the popular crime drama web series, "Come Midnight." While working on "Come Midnight" with industry experts, like noted acting coach Troy Rowland, Ms. Banks mentors students interested in careers in film through Acting for the Camera, a class offered through the Department of Fine and Performing Arts.  Currently, Ms. Banks is an adjunct professor at her alma mater, Hampton University, and an actress/writer in Los Angeles.  Ms. Banks firmly believes that theatre,television, and film are the most effective mediums to tell stories that have an impact on society that will lead to social and political awareness, and eventually change.

Dr. C. Perry Otto is the scenic and light designer for “The Hundred Dresses”  This is his twenty-fifth season with the Hampton Players. He has designed sets and lights for numerous Players’ productions such as “Twelfth Night,”  “Mistletoe Jam,” “Black Nativity,” “Little Shop of Horrors,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “Stick Fly,” “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone,” “How I Learned To Drive,” “Dreamgirls,” “The Lion in Winter,” “Dearly Departed,” “The Bluest Eye,” “A Love To Call My Own,” “Blues for an Alabama Sky,” “A Raisin in the Sun,” “Macbeth,” “Smokey Joe’s Café,” “Grease,” “A Streetcar Named Desire,” “West Side Story,” “The Wiz,” “What Use Are Flowers?,” “Shakin’ The Mess Outta Misery,” “The Disappearance,” “Sasha and the Magic Cookie Maker,” “Tartuffe,” “Mama Dee’s Girls,” “Shakuntala,” “Dracula,” “Black Pearls,” “The Amen Corner,” “Steal Away,” “The Piano Lesson,” “The Emperor Jones,” “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?,” “40 Acres and A Mule (World Premiere),” “Once On This Island,” “One Mo’ Time” and “Equus.”

A recent graduate of Hampton University, Ms. Mia Wynn will serve as the costume designer for "A Hundred Dresses." She received her degree in technical theatre. She has always been into theatre where she found her love and passion for makeup. She made a name  for herself here at Hampton as a ‘go to’ makeup artist. She has been involved in every Hampton Players show that took place here on campus, some of which include “Little Shop of Horrors”, “Stick Fly,” “Midsummers Night's Dream,“ The Lion King Jr.” and “The Wiz.” She served as the senior costume and makeup consultant for the web series “Come Midnight.”Some people know her as “miiaamore” which is the name of her brand and platform.  She lives her daily life thanking the Lord for allowing her to use her hands for his manifestation and exhibit his love through her fingers and brushes.

"The Hundred Dresses" is remarkably talented cast includes Alexis Barry, Amarah Ennis,  Aaliyah Jordan, Alexandria King, Kameron Peters, Ariana  Richardson, and Ananda Temple.

“The Hundred Dresses” is a part of the Stop The Violence, Stop the Bullying Campaign, which strives to educate kids about the negative impacts of bullying and the importance of kindness. This production serves to start the often-difficult conversation about bullying and support the peaceful conflict resolution skills promoted by psychologists, sociologists, and educators for the health and safety of all children.

The Hampton Players and Company is a professionally run performing ensemble. The performers are not limited to the University stage, but have appeared on stages throughout the United States.

Thursday, February 6, 2020 at 8:00 PM

Friday, February 7, 2020 at 8:00 PM

Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 3:00 PM Matinee


Tickets for "The Hundred Dresses" can be purchased at the Box Office in Armstrong Hall.

General Admission:                   $10.00

Senior Citizens:                         $8.00

Children/Non-HU Students:        $8.00

HU Students Free with ID


The adaptation of the production "The Hundred Dresses"is available for bookings beginning February 9, 2020. Please call 757-727-5402 for additional information. It is being presented by special arrangement with our community partners.


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