Lakewood Cultural Center and Missoula Children’s Theater showcase the Emperor’s New Clothes

Watch the Emperor discover true friendship on Saturday, January 29, when the Missoula Children’s Theater and 50 local students perform an original musical adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen classic “The Emperor’s New Clothes” at the Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Parkway.

“Dress for success” is good advice that the Emperor takes wholeheartedly, wanting to impress new friends. But where to stop? When clothes (and the opinions of others) become more important than the people of the kingdom, trouble is brewing. To help their beloved Emperor find his way back to his heart, his true friends create an elaborate “Birthday Costume” for the Emperor to wear for his birthday parade celebration. The Emperor learns quickly and humbly that sometimes less is more!

The Missoula Children’s Theater, the nation’s largest traveling children’s theater for nearly 50 years, has nurtured the life skills of more than one million children. Pupils from Kindergarten to Year 12 will play all the roles, including the Emperor, ManyPenny and the Money Council, as well as royal scholars, jewelers, cobblers, hatters, tailors and silkworms. Students are also chosen as assistant directors who help with rehearsals and essential behind-the-scenes responsibilities.

Families are invited to attend “The Emperor’s New Clothes” at the Lakewood Cultural Center for performances at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 29. Tickets are $12 and are available at 303-987-7845, Lakewood.org/LCCPresents or the Lakewood Cultural Center box office, 470 S. Allison Parkway (Wadsworth and West Alameda Avenue).

The 2021-2022 season of LCC Presents is generously supported by the SCFD, Colorado Creative Industries, National Endowment for the Arts, Sheraton Denver West and Olive Garden at Belmar.

Elizabeth J. Harless