Family Heirloom Takes the Stage in Little Women

When Kent Denver alumni parent Ann Klein and her mother, Nikki Tennant were looking for someone to preserve and put to good use a dress that had been in their family since the 1850s, they knew that KDS costumer Judy Graese, who is also an expert in antique clothing, would be just the person to ask. 

Their timing could not have been more perfect, as Ms. Graese was in the early stages of planning for this year’s winter musical, Little Women. Not only will the donated antique dress be featured on stage and be added to the school’s costume collection, but it was also used as a pattern to create more than 10 other dresses featured in the production. 

“This was absolutely such a gift,” said Ms. Grease, who has been designing costumes for Kent Denver for more than 50 years. 

Little Women’s costumes include many other antique items from Ms. Graese’s personal collection—ranging from estate-sale finds to pieces she designed for the Third Eye Theater in the 1960s—plus costumes modified from past Kent Denver shows. Ms. Graese also created many costume elements from scratch, ensuring all 30 members of the cast have well-fitting, period appropriate clothing in every scene.

Come see Ms. Graese’s amazing work—and the talented cast and crew of Little Women!—this week in the Anschutz Family Theatre. Admission is free of charge and no tickets are required.

Performance Times: 

  • Thursday, February 10 @ 6:30 p.m.
  • Friday, February 11 @ 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, February  12 @ 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.