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Illustration by Nora Grade.

Emperor’s New Clothes, The

Hans Christian Andersen, author
Timothy Mason, playwright


58 pgs. 2 female, 5 male +ensemble
Originally produced in CTC’s 1979-80 season
Audience Recommendation: 6+
Run Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Flo and Roscoe are the ultimate con artists, so when they stumble into a kingdom that bends to every fashion whim of its Emperor they know just what to do. They announce that they are the finest weavers in all the land, and produce a magical cloth. Of course, the stylish Emperor simply must have it! However, the cloth that Flo and Roscoe weave is not for ordinary folks; in fact it’s endowed with magical powers that separate wise men from fools. The clothing is invisible only to those not smart enough to see it. None of the Emperor’s closest confidants want to be seen as a fool, so they all claim to see the clothing. When the Emperor finally unveils his magical new dressing to the kingdom, the laughing townspeople REALLY have something to see. This hilarious classic tale is one the whole family will love.
“The Emperor’s New Clothes serves up slap-stick laughs to the kids, but retains the moral in Anderson’s [story] about the scared conscience of the individual.” -Dallas Observer

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