'My Emperor's New Clothes' children's performances at Lycian Centre

| 15 Feb 2012 | 08:38

    Sugar Loaf — Kings Theatre Company at the Lycian Centre announces the second of the two new Children’s programs at the complex’s “on the Wharf” Theatre by the Lake. The children’s play, The children’s play “My Emperor’s New Clothes” will be performed on Aug. 16 and 18, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Lycian Centre in Sugar Loaf. This children’s performance is about the “wise emperor” and his request to have his clothes made of the finest cloth for a parade. While people are familiar with Hans Christian Andersen story, this new version by Larry Shue takes place in the mythical kingdom of Mango-Chutney, which has a parade every day, a one-man army named Pony, and an emperor who is known as the wisest man in the world because he has read the dictionary all the way through. The emperor, deciding to hold a special parade for which he must have the most beautiful clothes in the world, offers half of the state treasury to the weaver who comes up with the finest cloth. And being as wise as he is, he also announces that he will give the other half of the treasury plus the hand of his daughter, Princess Farthingale, to anyone who can make him believe that something is real when actually it is not. All this leads to furious activity and some diabolical plotting by two oafish spies from neighboring Bulgravia. And while it is touch and go for a while, all ends happily and in a burst of song as the villains are routed, the Princess united with her true love, and the Emperor saved by the cheerfully vocal intercession of the enthralled audience. Students of the Kings Youth Theatre Workshop, some of which have been training for three years will be presenting the show for public performances. These shows will accommodate parents looking for entertaining things to do with their children during the summer, summer camp outings and child care provider field trips. Tickets are $5 each in advance and $6 on the day of the show. Call 469-2287 or visit www.LycianCentre.com.