Top theater picks that celebrate girls

Sometimes the world just needs a little more girl power. Apparently, Chicago heard the call loud and clear! Check out our three picks for encouraging, promoting and celebrating all things female; feminists of all ages and genders welcome.

Thumbelina

Sure, you probably weren’t born in a flower or ever pursued by a nasty toad, but there are times when Thumbelina’s story arc seems downright relatable. Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s lovely tale, Lifeline Theatre’s world premiere KidSeries production follows the minuscule miss as she forays out into the great big world on her own—and fights to keep her wits (and sense of self) while fending off an extraordinary number of creatures who have already decided what her path should be. Magical, whimsical, and championing imagination and independence, this dance-inspired play illuminates the struggle of finding your own place growing up (even if only to a height of two inches).

Oct. 22-Nov. 27. Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood Ave., Chicago

Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells

Too early for Christmas, you say? Junie B. Jones, she of the popular book series by Barbara Park, is both timeless and season-less. Join the stoic “giver” herself for a remount of Emerald City’s smash hit as she learns what it means to give—really give—selflessly during a holiday. Can she discover the true meaning of holiday spirit and how to be an excellent Secret Santa (not to mention be a participant/star in the school play) in time for Christmas? As the pint-sized protagonist says, “Dear Santa. I really hope you were watching me just now. That’s all I hope. Love, Junie B.—Giver.”

Through January. Apollo Theater, 2540 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago

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