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THE EMPEROR'S NEW CLOTHES Book and Lyrics by Jim Eiler : Music by Jim Eiler and Jeanne Bargy The magical rags-to-riches story is told through sidesplitting slapstick comedy and unforgettable tunes. SYNOPSIS The establishment that has become synonymous with theatre for young audiences, Prince Street Players, puts their trademark breezy flair on the classic tale - The Emperor’s New Clothes (Prince Street Players Version)! Designed specifically for young audiences, this version is a charming exploration of the dangers of vanity. Featuring a host of hilarious characters including a brassy, tap-dancing bugle-playing Empress. Two con-men, Mr. Stitch and Mr. Sew, wreak havoc at Wits Ends Palace when they present the Emperor with a special gift: an exquisitely beautiful “magic” suit of clothes, invisible to all but the wisest of men. The dangers of vanity are hilariously addressed with a host of delightful characters, as Emperor Maxmilian the Most dons his most expensive, least visible outfit. It looks like it’s up to the lowliest of the Emperor’s staff, Chester the Jester, to imbue his highness with some common sense. The Emperor’s New Clothes (Prince Street Players Version)’s small technical and cast requirements ensure it will fit perfectly onto any size stage and into nearly any sized-budget. As with all Prince Street Players’ shows, the materials for The Emperor’s New Clothes (Prince Street Players’ Version) include spectacularly detailed costume designs, prop descriptions, and stage notes should they be needed by the creative team. STORY Act One The exterior of Wits End Palace. Emperor Maximilian the Most and Empress Carlotta the Least reign supreme over an almost bankrupt kingdom. We meet the remaining members of the Court: Chester the Jester, Sinister the Prime Minister, Lady Winifred of Wardrobe, Sir Ivan of Inventory and the Royal Herald (“Welcome to the Palace”). The exterior of the Palace opens to reveal the Throne Room. After hearing his Court list his thousand upon thousands of pieces of clothing, the Emperor decides that he has NOTHING to wear to the Royal Procession that is honoring his missing son. He needs new clothes immediately! The Empress enters tooting a horn and explains that the kingdom is out of cash – in fact, things are so bad that she has to play her own fanfare (“Blow Your Own Trumpet”). If that weren’t bad enough, they’ve also had to let the Royal Tailors go – no one is left to make the Emperor’s new clothes! The Emperor sends for Sinister the Prime Minister, whom the Empress believes is embezzling money from the royal coffers. Sinister reassures the Emperor and says that he’ll find new tailors – all he needs is for the Empress to sell some of her jewels to cover the bill. The Court joins Sinister in his new proclamation and gets the Emperor so excited about the prospect of something new that he cannot help but agree to Sinister’s plan (“The Emperor Needs New Clothes”). The Crossroads near the Palace. Two strangers stand at the Crossroads at their wits’ end. Where can they possibly go? They’ve been run out of Lands End, Dead End and Graves End... the only choice left is Wits End! The Royal Herald enters with Sinister’s Proclamation: The Emperor needs new clothes... and new tailors! One stranger takes charge. Calling himself Mr. Stitch, he convinces his friend to call himself Mr. Sew. They decide to pull the wool over the eyes of everyone at the castle by pretending that they’re tailors who make invisible clothes! (“Stitch and Sew;” “Knit One, Purl Two”). After they work out their routines, the two schemers head over to the Palace to try their luck. Sinister meets Stitch and Sew at the Palace. They introduce themselves as world-famous tailors. Sinister and