‘Em­peror’s New Clothes’ pre­sented at Steel River Play­house

The Boyertown Area Times - - ENTERTAINMENT - From Steel River Play­house

Steel River Play­house is work­ing in col­lab­o­ra­tion with The Com­pany Theatre to bring the­ater­go­ers “The Em­peror’s New Clothes,” a fan­ci­ful mu­si­cal per­fect for the whole fam­ily April 7-15 at 2 pm. This all-adult cast bring to life the mu­si­cal works of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Fla­herty, the in­com­pa­ra­bly imag­i­na­tive cre­ators of Seussi­cal, Rag­time, Once on This Is­land, Anastasia, and more!

These Tony and Academy Award win­ning com­posers have hit it out of the park again with this col­or­ful, fun and touch­ing mu­si­cal that is ideal for chil­dren and adults alike. Star­ring Alex Hard­ing as the in­se­cure and in­tel­lec­tual Em­peror Mar­cus, and Stephen Wa­ters as Arno, the cas­tle’s lov­able scrub boy who be­comes the Em­peror’s most trusted friend.

Also star­ring Tim No­vak as Wil­liam and Kathryn Til­ley as Deena, the hi­lar­i­ous, well-mean­ing ad­vi­sors, and oc­ca­sion­ally bum­bling em­ploy­ees of the Em­peror.

Round­ing out the first rate cast is Zach Haines, as the Swindler, who is the slick and well spo­ken con man who con­vinces Mar­cus to buy his “mag­i­cal” clothes which will help him run the Em­pire. As Em­peror Mar­cus is ner­vous to take the throne, he de­cides that he can only gain con­fi­dence by dress­ing in the finest at­tire. There­fore, Mar­cus com­mands his Royal Clothes­maker (Deena) to fash­ion him in the most royal wardrobe. Tak­ing ad­van­tage of Mar­cus’ un­cer­tainty and im­ma­tu­rity, the Swindler prom­ises to make magic clothes that are “in­vis­i­ble to fools, liars, and any­one you should ig­nore,” 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, self ac­cep­tance and be­ing brave enough to al­ways tell the truth.

As a Theatre for Young Au­di­ence mu­si­cal, this show is per­fect for ev­ery age, and is ap­prox. 60 min­utes in length. Adults will also de­light in this fairy­tale come to life, based on the Hans Chris­ten An­der­son clas­sic tale.

Se­cure your tick­ets at www.steel­river.org and learn more about The Com­pany Theatre, the creative team be­hind this pro­duc­tion at www.the­cothe­atre. com. For group discounts con­tact Beth McDonnell at beth.mcdonnell@steel­river. org. You may also pur­chase tick­ets through the box of­fice at Steel River Play­house at 245 E. High Street, Pottstown, PA 19464, 610-9701199.

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