The Morningside College Theatre Department will present “The Emperor’s New Clothes” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11, in Klinger-Neal Theatre.
The Morningside College Theatre Department will present “The Emperor’s New Clothes” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11, in Klinger-Neal Theatre, 3700 Peters Ave.
The children’s musical by Stan Gill, which is based on the tale by Hans Christian Andersen, is about a vain emperor who cares about nothing except wearing and displaying clothes. The emperor hires two swindlers who promise him the finest, best suit of clothes from a fabric invisible to anyone who is unfit for his position.
“Come see the show because it is a great musical with catchy tunes, fun characters and audience participation,” said Betty Skewis-Arnett, professor of theatre and director of the production. “It’s great for kids from 1 to 100!”
In addition to performances for the public, the theatre department has scheduled weekday showings for area school children. About 2,500 are scheduled to attend.
Morningside student cast members include Brock Bourek of Columbus, Neb., as the Jester; Jared Martin of Humphrey, Neb., as the Magician; Joey Volquartsen of Stanton, Iowa, as the Cook; Jocelyn Wolff of Hinton, Iowa, as The Empress; Johnny Culver of Ottumwa, Iowa, as The Emperor; Austin Brunick of Sioux Falls, S.D., as Zif; and Elizabeth Planck of Omaha, Neb., as Miggot.
Students on the crew are Annalee Dorsey of Kansas City, Kan., as stage manager; Kyle St. Aubin of Omaha, Neb., as back stage manager; Riley Stahlecker of Madison, Neb., as house manager; Destiny Clark of Sumner, Iowa, and Brandi Jean Blunk of Denison, Iowa, as set and props crew; and Alyssa Rager of Sioux City as usher.
Skewis-Arnett is the costumer for the production. Music direction is by adjunct faculty member Steve Lundberg. Set and lighting design is by visiting faculty artist Tim Case.
Tickets are $5 at the door.