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The Emperor's New Threads: A Fashion Statement

March 23 – April 28, 2013
Saturdays & Sundays at 11am & 1pm
Extended to May 5th!

Illustration by Charles Riffenburg

"The new twists are delightful and canny, George Howe's songs are inventive, and Mike Ooi's emperor is Austin Powers with a kid-friendly mojo."  –Chicago Reader
"The perfect fit for a family outing"  –Chicago Theater Beat

The Emperor is beloved as a chic trendsetter, but his ridiculous fashion tax is bankrupting the country. Determined to be a hero for the ages, one young girl travels to the royal palace to confront the superficial ruler and teach him a lesson about what really matters. Soon, however, a devious con man hatches a sinister plot to send the Emperor out among the people in nothing but his birthday suit, and only our heroine can save "His Royal Groovyness" from a world of embarrassment — but should she? The hilarious hit musical returns!

Recommended for kids 5 and up. Children under 2 are not permitted.

Based on the folktale by Hans Christian Andersen
Adapted and directed by Frances Limoncelli
Music and lyrics by George Howe
Produced by special arrangement with Playscripts, Inc. (www.playscripts.com)

Excerpt from The Emperor's New Threads. Music by George Howe

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Join us any Saturday or Sunday at noon during the run of The Emperor's New Threads (following the 11am show, or before the 1pm show) for our Stories Come Alive! Hour.

Children will get up close and personal with the book behind the play in an interactive storytelling session, followed by on-your-feet theatre games to explore the characters, plot, and themes of the book. The experience is sure to make positive reading connections between your children and books for years to come.

Only $5 per child! Parents are welcome (though not required).
Contact the box office at 773-761-4477 for more information.

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