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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Emperor's New Clothes performs at Performing Arts Theatre April 28-29

A stage adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic children’s story, “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” will be presented at the Antelope Valley College Performing Arts Theatre on April 28-29 at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Tickets are $5 and may be purchased online at www.brownpapertickets.com or in person at the AVC Marauder Bookstore. Any remaining tickets may be purchased immediately before each show at the AVC Performing Arts Theatre Box Office.

The college Theatre Arts Department’s presentation tells the story of the vain emperor who gets fooled by swindlers, convinced they have woven garments for him that are invisible to anyone who is foolish, false or, worse . . . different! 

As the “invisible fabric” is being woven, we watch the emperor’s ministers and advisors each fear being found unfit for their position by admitting they cannot see the cloth, and deciding instead to declare they can see the invisible clothes.

Public performances include a post-show meet and greet with the cast and all kids will receive a packet of activity sheets to take home.

As part of AVC’s Theatre for Young Audiences program, The Emperor’s New Clothes began touring to local elementary schools March 23, and will visit schools in Lancaster, Palmdale, Agua Dulce, Mojave and Littlerock during the three months that it is on tour.

The Emperor’s New Clothes will eventually play to over 5,000 elementary school children across the Antelope Valley.  According to AVC theater arts producer Jonet Leighton, the Theatre for Young Audiences program is “one of the most successful and visible examples of our desire to engage our local community with theater of the highest quality.”