The Emperor's New Clothes

June 30

August 28, 2010

in CST's Courtyard Theater

music and lyrics by Alan Schmuckler
book by David Holstein
directed by Rachel Rockwell

This show is one of the best things in Chicago

Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune critic, on CBS2


The Play

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!



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The Players

Creative Team

Rachel Rockwell Director

Alan Schmuckler Music and Lyrics

David Holstein Book

Shawn Stengel Music Director

Kevin Depinet Scenic Designer

Debbie Baer Costume Designer

Jesse Klug Lighting Designer

James Savage Sound Designer

Melissa Veal Wig and Makeup Designer


Don Forston The Emperor

Alex Goodrich Kimberly

Anne Gunn Mama

Mark David Kaplan Secretary/Ensemble

Megan Long Sam

Jonathan Weir Lord Vince

George Andrew Wolff Secretary/Ensemble

Jarrod Zimmerman Secretary/Ensemble

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