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Derby Dinner Playhouse opened THE EMPEROR’S NEW CLOTHES on February 23, 2019 as part of their Children’s Musical Theatre Series!  It is a very cute show with a great message for kids to hear!

Fourteen-year-old Emperor Marcus the Third is nervous to take the throne. Deciding that he can only gain confidence by dressing in the finest attire, Marcus commands his royal Tailor to fashion him in the most royal wardrobe. Taking advantage of Marcus' uncertainty and immaturity, a Swindler promises to make magic clothes that are "invisible to fools and liars" for a large and hefty price. Only Arno, the simple-hearted mop boy, can help Marcus out of this royal mess and teach him an important lesson about outward appearance.

I loved that the two young boys were cast as young boys, it was great for my 8 and 12 yr old boys to see peers like themselves on the stage.  It also helped them to understand the importance of friendship and not going after material items just for show!  The Children’s Theatre shows are always the perfect length, keeping my kids attention for one hour!  And, of course, they love the yummy buffet as well!


This production of THE EMPEROR’S NEW CLOTHES was written and composed by the award-winning duo Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty.  Their "fractured fairytale" adds song, dance and a castle full of characters to Hans Christian Andersen's delightful fable.

THE EMPEROR’S NEW CLOTHES is under the direction of Tina Jo Wallace.  The cast will include Dallas Edwards as the Emperor, Preston Sparkman, Lem Jackson, Elizabeth Loos and Bill Hanna.

All public performances of THE EMPEROR’S NEW CLOTHES feature a kid friendly menu and are one hour in length.  This production is most suitable for ages 3 - 12. Public performances run March 2, 9, 11, 16, 23, 30, 2019.  For ticket information please call 812-288-8281 or visit




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