Santa Monica College puts on a children's play every summer, and this summer's performance is a one-act musical version of The Emperor's New Clothes.
|My daughter talking to the emperor, and other cast members, after the show
In this version, the emperor - Marcus III - is only fourteen years old. He's worried because he doesn't know how to be a good emperor. He looks at the portraits of the Marcuses that came before him, and - with the help of Arno, the royal scrub boy - decides that clothes make the man.
|Giving Arno the scrub boy (played by Marissa DuBois) a hug
Marcus orders his royal clothesmaker to make him clothes that will make him look like an emperor.
A swindler hears about the emperor's love of clothes and uses it to his advantage. The swindler tells Emperor Marcus that he sells magic clothes that are invisible to anyone who is a fool or a liar. Marcus hires the swindler to make a suit of magic clothes for a royal procession.
Of course, during the procession, Arno, the only person unafraid of looking like a fool and the emperor's only true friend, tells Marcus that he's in his underwear.
|Ensemble members costumed for the royal procession
The swindler, who has stayed for the procession to get a good laugh, gets caught. As punishment for his swindling, he's given Arno's job, and Arno is promoted to royal truth-teller.
The show is playing this weekend and next:
- Friday @ 7pm
- Saturday @ 1pm and 7pm
- Sunday @ 1pm
|My daughter's groovy shirt matched the groovy set design and lighting effects!
It's a very fun show, and I highly recommend it for preschoolers and early elementary school-age children.