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Problem child? You bet. And thank goodness.

Pippi Longstocking, a character created in the popular book series by Swedish author Astrid Lingren, is a kid who lives without adult supervision. While for some little people this would be terrifying, Pippi thrives, abandoning all inhibition and embodying every bit of freedom and power she can imagine.

The musical version of “Pippi Longstocking,” by The Delaware Children’s Theatre, premieres January 15 and runs Saturdays and Sundays through January. As in the books, the show’s premise centers on Pippi’s struggles to adapt to life in a small town. She’s not exactly a small town girl.

Pippi is a role model. She’s strong and smart. She’s rebellious. She takes no junk from anyone. She is a symbol of girl power. Lingren’s book was published in 1945, near the end of World War II. This was the era of “Rosie the Riveter,” who represented the women who went to work to fill the gaping holes left by American men at war.

Think of Pippi as the Riveter in miniature. Come to think of it, this show would be good for young boys, too. They may as well learn the powerful force of womanhood now, while they’re young. Because we’re just gonna get stronger and stronger.

Produced locally by the iconic theater company, “Pippi Longstocking” features actors Chris Bruce, Bill Healy, Lynn Lew and Tripp Ivie. Tickets are $12.

Contact info: 655-1014, or www.dechildrenstheatre.org.

 

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