The frivolously fashionable Emperor and his opinionated daughter Sam just can’t get along. But with the help of some colorful characters and not-so-colorful threads, the two come to see themselves—and appreciate each other—for the first time. This world premiere CST Family musical based on the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale promises to warm the hearts of children and adults alike!
Approximate Running Time: 75 minutes, no intermission
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The Emperor's New Clothes is presented in the Jentes Family Auditorium.
In the kingdom of New Patagonia, everyone is getting ready for "Emperor's Day," the biggest celebration of the year—and no one is more excited than the Emperor. Unfortunately, the Emperor cannot find a new outfit to wear for the occasion, which means no one, absolutely no one, can leave the kingdom until his problem is resolved.
This includes his daughter Sam, who is trying to leave for college. She loves her father very much but complains that he never listens to her. When she discovers that he won't let anyone leave the kingdom until he gets his new outfit, she suggests a competition to design some brand new clothes for him.
When Lord Vince hears about the competition, he devises a secret plan to overthrow the Emperor by embarrassing him in front of the entire kingdom. He enlists the help of a poor tailor named Mama and her son Kimberly, who want nothing more than to keep their shop from closing. Lord Vince convinces Mama and Kimberly to claim that they can create a fabric invisible to everyone—except to those special individuals who are perfectly suited for their jobs. The Emperor declares Mama and Kimberly the winners of the competition and decides to wear their design in front of the entire kingdom on Emperor's Day.
Sam grows suspicious of this "magic" fabric, and starts to uncover Lord Vince's plan. But as Emperor's Day finally arrives, can she alert her father before it's too late? And will he even listen to what she has to say?
A story about kids who see what their parents cannot and parents who teach their kids that there’s always more to learn.
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