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The Emperor\'s New Clothes (musical) (Coble)
The Emperor's New Clothes (musical) (Coble)
"[This] hilarious, Caribbean-flavored Emperor's New Clothes is an audience-participatory blast with a sneaky little moral." —Cleveland Plain Dealer

"Full of the little things kids love with a hilarious denouement worth the wait. Judging from the reaction of the young audience, the play's title character was the only one who didn't leave in stitches." —St. Petersburg Times
Book and lyrics by Eric Coble. Music and additional lyrics by Kenneth Kacmar and Bill Hoffman.

Cast: 1w., 3 either gender; may be expanded to 20 or more either gender. A Caribbean musical adaptation of the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale! It's a big day on the tiny island of Little Iguana: it's young Jasmin Martin's birthday. Her wish is simple-to spend the day making sand castles with her parents and to try on the beautiful simple sash her father bought her. But the Emperor of the island sets all the fashion standards -from high-tops to headgear-and poor Jasmin's big day doesn't stand a chance against the thrills of the runway. Then "magic" tailor Uriah "Buzz" Butler swims ashore (having been kicked off the island of Little Barracuda for starting a rebellion), and he has his own ideas for a clothing line. Now the Emperor, his subjects, and the whole island are in for a shock. This charming version features song styles of the Caribbean-Calypso, Reggae, Ska, and even a hat-and-cane number (as well as audience participation and the most amazing loom you'll ever see on a stage)—all to make the point that clothes don't make the human! Area staging. Approximate Running Time: 45 minutes.

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Music Samples

Little Iguana
Jasmine's Tune
He's Got Great Taste
These Clothes
The Emperor Has No Clothes

Play details
Status:  In Stock
Type of show:  Musical
Catalog Code:  E03
Cast Size:  4
No. of Act(s):  1
Pages:  42
Royalty:  Submit Application.
Cost:  $7.95
Approx. Running Time:  45 min.
Target Audience: Young Audiences | Middle School | High School | College and Adult | Family (All Audiences)
Performing Group: Middle Schools | High Schools | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Stock & Lort
Genre: Comedy | Fantasy
ISBN (10): 1583424091
Publication Date: 09/14/2007
Eric Coble was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, and raised on the Navajo and Ute reservations in New Mexico and Colorado. His scripts published by Dramatic Publishing include The Giver, Gathering Blue, Cinderella Confidential, Pecos Bill and the Ghost Stampede, Vote?, Myth Adventures, The Emperor's New Clothes and Virtual Devotion. Coble's plays have been produced on Broadway, off-Broadway, in all ...More
Bill Hoffman is a writer, director and producer who from 1995 to 2005 produced The Children's Theatre Series at the Cleveland Play House. During that time he had the pleasure of collaborating and contributing book, music and lyrics for a number of productions for young audiences including Follow the Seasons: The Legend of Johnny Appleseed and Puss in Boots by ...More
Kenneth Kacmar won both the Telly Award and the Videographers Award of Excellence for his original score for the video Even You. His musical The Magical Red Shoes was seen as part of the Next Stage Festival of new plays at the Cleveland Play House. His musical If the Shoe Fits was recently honored with the Directors' Choice Award selected ...More
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* Please note that royalties quoted in our catalog are intended for K-12 schools with a standard curriculum only. All other producing groups must submit a completed application.

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