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Family friendly world premiere of ‘Emperor’s New Clothes’ adaptation

The multi-award winning Nine O’Clock Players bring a world premiere musical adaptation of “The Emperor’s New Clothes” to the stage opening March 2, 2014. With book, music and lyrics by Carol Weiss, musical direction by Gerald Sternbach and stage direction by Todd Nielsen the show features Judy Claverie as The Emperor, Pam McGeary as Fester and also features Tara Burnett-Doering, Lenore Schlachtman, Lisa Sherman, Kitty Ogilvy, Mary Ferrara, Christina Doren, Andrea Saccone, Pam Schroer, Judy Rozzen, Susan St. Charles, Mary Lyon, Janice White, Judy Peters, Kim Harrison & Arlen O'Hara.

Scene from 'The Emperor's New Clothes.'
Courtesy of Nine O'Clock Players

The entire family will adore this world premiere musical adaptation of the timeless Hans Christian Andersen tale! The Emperor cares about nothing in the kingdom but his wardrobe! Even as his many closets are overflowing, he insists he wants a brand new suit of clothing for his birthday. He announces to the land that any tailor who can make him the “ultimate” suit will be richly rewarded. Two swindlers beguile the Emperor with elaborate descriptions of the suit they will create, adding one important warning – the suit can only be seen by those who are trustworthy and wise. Dishonest or foolish people will see nothing at all!

The Emperor thinks this will help him find out who among his court are loyal, so he gives them a fortune in gold cloth, thread, ornaments and jewels to weave this most magical and wondrous suit. But having second thoughts, he sends his trusted Prime Minister to spy on the tailors. The minister sees no suit, but lies to the Emperor and to all his friends, telling them how beautiful the suit is, and adding the special warning that in order to see it the person must be honest and wise. Soon the whole town knows about the suit and they all declare that they will be able to see it.

The day of his birthday, the Emperor leads a parade through the town, all dressed up in his new suit. Guess what happens? Does everyone see the "beautiful" suit—or do you think one young child might be honest enough to speak up about what the Emperor is wearing?

“The Emperor’s New Clothes” opens 2 p.m. Sunday, March 2 and performs 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through Sunday, March 23. Ticket prices are $12; Special group rates and birthday parties available. Call 323-469-1970 or visit www.nineoclockplayers.com.

The Assistance League Theatre is located at 1367 N. St. Andrews Place in Hollywood.