Middle School Play
Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse
Based on the books by Kevin Henkes
Adapted by Kevin Kling
Black Box Theatre
Friday, November 18 at 7 PM
Saturday, November 19 at 3:30 and 7 PM
Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse is based on Kevin Henkes’ trilogy of Lilly books Chester’s Way, Julius, Baby of the World, and Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse. “I am Lilly! I am the Queen! I like everything!” is the mantra of this young and creative mouse. Lilly’s adventurous life is filled with fun, friends, and frustration. Her world is turned upside down when her (horrible!) little sister Julia arrives. Soon there is a positive turn: Lilly meets her new teacher Mr. Slinger and is captivated by the way he uses crazy words like “howdy” and how he arranges his students in a non-traditional semi-circle. Lilly’s Grammy buys Lilly the perfect purple plastic purse, movie star sunglasses and gives her three jingly quarters. Lilly can’t wait to show her purse to her classmates and before she knows it, her outspoken enthusiasm causes Mr. Slinger to confiscate her purse leaving Lilly feeling very angry. She writes an “I Hate the Big Fat Teacher Man” note and slips it in his bag. Lilly feels terrible about what she has done and with the help of Mr. Slinger’s “Light Bulb Lab” she solves her dilemma. In the end, all is right in Lilly’s world and she even finds a place in her heart for her stinky baby sister.
Adapted from Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse © 1996 by Kevin Henkes. Performed with permission from Greenwillow Books, an Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. Theatrical adaptation © 1998 by Kevin Kling.