[Local Buzz] UNC Greensboro Brings ‘Emperor’s New Clothes’ To Festival Park

Posted By on June 18, 2013

UNC Greensboro and the North Carolina Theatre for Young People will present The Emperor’s New Clothes in a special kids show at Roanoke Island Festival Park to kick off July.

The Emperor's New Clothes

UNC Greensboro and the NC Theatre for Young People will present The Emperor’s New Clothes children’s show July 1, 2 and 3 at 10:30 a.m. in the Indoor Theatre at Roanoke IslandFestivalPark. Tickets are $5 except for those five and under are free and may be purchased in advance or the morning of the show.

The story portrays a vain Emperor who cares for nothing except wearing and displaying clothes. He hires two swindlers who promise him the finest, best suit of clothes from a fabric invisible to anyone who is unfit for his position or “hopelessly stupid”. The Emperor’s ministers cannot see the clothing themselves, but pretend that they can for fear of appearing unfit for their positions and the Emperor does the same.

Finally the swindlers report that the suit is finished and the Emperor marches in procession before his subjects. The townsfolk play along with the pretense not wanting to appear unfit for their positions or stupid. Then a child in the crowd, too young to understand the desirability of keeping up the pretense, blurts out that the Emperor is wearing nothing at all and the cry is taken up by others. The Emperor cringes, suspecting the assertion is true, but continues the procession.

The mission of North Carolina Theatre for Young People is to produce plays to engage young audiences, K-9, in the art of live theatre. They strive to present highly mobile and flexible productions that can be presented effectively in a variety of performance settings.

The plays are chosen from the best available to include a variety of styles and content in order to provide audiences with the richness of theatre for young audiences literature. They seek to encourage and foster the development of new scripts, develop residencies in creative drama and theatre for schools, and explore the theory that theatre seen by young people will contribute to the development of adult audiences of tomorrow.

Since its start in 1962, NCTYP has reached well over one million kids with formal, on-campus stage productions and touring shows.

The Emperor's New Clothes

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