Theatre Palisades Youth present the musical ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’ starting Friday at Pierson Playhouse, 941 Temescal Canyon Rd. Directed by Dorothy Dillingham Blue, the play is based on the Hans Christian Anderson story of the same name. The cast consists of 17 children, who range in age from 8 to 14. The story revolves around a vain emperor (Jake Spivack), who insists on wearing only the most beautiful, most exquisite outfits. He meets a tailor (Jacob Pollack) and his assistant (Earl Israel) who promises him a suit stitched with gold thread, which will also allow only smart people to see it. The emperor commissions them to sew the suit and then showers them with jewels. Royal advisors overseeing the construction of the clothing refuse to tell the Emperor that they see nothing for fear of losing their jobs because they would be seen as fools. Mary (Emma Spivack) and Sarah (Anna Reger) play sisters in the mythical kingdom, and Mary becomes one of the swindler’s love interests. At last the great day arrives when the Emperor marches in his underwear in a parade through the town. One of the youngsters points out, ‘But he’s wearing no clothes,’ and the emperor realizes he’s been conned. Six shows will play over two weekends”February 19 through 21 and February 26 through 28”at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays; Sunday shows start at 2 p.m. This production is suitable for the entire family, including children ages 4 and older. Reservations are suggested. Tickets are $12. Call: 310-454-1970.
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