Why is Holling wearing yellow tights in the Shakespearean play, in Gary Schmidt's The Wednesday Wars?
In the story The Wednesday Wars by Gary Schmidt, Holling is chosen to play Ariel in Shakespeare's play, The Tempest in his school's Shakespeare Holiday Extravaganza. Ariel is a spirit that serves Prospero, the magician. As part of his costume, Holling has to wear yellow tights.
Two negative things take place because of this. Holling wants to go to get Mickey Mantle's autograph, but the athlete refuses to give one to a guy wearing tights. (This occurs because Holling's dad does not take him as he had promised.) The second difficulty that arises comes from pictures of Holling in his tights—spread all over the school.
However, on a positive note, Holling's performance is so moving that it brings tears to the eyes of his friends, and he finds how much they care: his own parents have other plans that night (watching a Christmas program on TV) and do not show up to support him, but his friends are there, cheering him on.