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The Klemperers' New Clothes (004)

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  • Title of Work: THE KLEMPERER'S NEW CLOTHES
  • Subtitle: A Homespun Tale
    MainStreet Evaluations ID#: 004
  • Please select one: Adapted from a work in Public Domain
  • Referenced Work: (Title and Authors, please.): Loosely inspired by Hans Christian Anderson's "The Emperor's New Clothes"
  • MUSICAL STYLE: Standard Broadway;Country
  • NATURE: Comedy or Satire
  • INTENDED AUDIENCE: General
  • STRUCTURE: Some spoken dialogue: Mostly sung
  • APPROXIMATE DURATION (Hrs/Min): 1/30
  • GIVE A BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DESIRED INSTRUMENTATION: Orchestrated for 4 musicians: piano, acoustic bass, violine (fiddle) and guitar/banjo doubler. or fully realized piano solo accompaniment (included in submission). CD uses the orchestration which corresponds exactly with the piano/vocal score submitted.
  • BRIEFLY STATE THE THEME, MESSAGE, OR POINT OF VIEW OF THIS WORK: -
  • NUMBER OF SETS: 1+

CAST BREAKDOWN

VOCAL RANGES/ ORCHESTRATION/ SUGGESTED SET REQUIREMENTS

MILLARD E. CALHOOT -A roguish traveling salesman. Age: Mid to late 30s. Vocal range: baritone, low B- high F#.

WILLARD MUTZ - An underappreciated, widowed tailor. Age: Slightly older than Millard. Vocal range: baritone, low Bb-high F#.

EDNA KLEMPERER -The haughty town matriarch. Age: Middle aged (or slightly older). Very wide,
versatile, strong vocal range: low G-high Ab.

CHESTER KLEMPERER - Her hubby, proprietor of the mercantile emporium. Age: Middle aged (or
slightly older). Vocal range: baritone/tenor, low C-high G.

HESTER KLEMPERER - His sister, the local postmistress. Age: Slightly younger than Chester. Vocal range: mezzo, middle C-high E.

JINNY MUTZ - Willard’s devoted (should read) adolescent daughter. Vocal range: low A-high E.

MISS POLLY - the town butcher* Age: Flexible

OLLIE -the town barber* Age: Flexible

THE WIDOW DOLLY LOLLYGAG - a curmudgeonly older lady*

Other TOWNSFOLK: Several men and women (preferably at least 5 of each), many with small parts
and solo vocal lines. In addition to these adult TOWNSFOLK, a few children may be added to
ensemble numbers where deemed appropriate. (If not using children, consider casting just one girl,
Jinny’s age, type and vocal range, as a possible understudy.)

*These characters should sing with the TOWNSFOLK whenever indicated, in addition to their solo
sections.

ORCHESTRATION:
4 musicians; Piano, Acoustic Bass , Violin, Guitar/Banjo Doubler **Or Piano Solo

SUGGESTED SET REQUIREMENTS:
The town square of Brantley, Kansas during hard times--1930s

Upstage, behind the town square, a row of local shop fronts with Mutz Tailoring and Klemperer’s
Mercantile Emporium on either end, and the butcher and barber shops towards the center. A possible shop front in the middle of the row might be a music shop, behind which the musicians are located.

Scenes take place within the tailor shop, emporium and on the town square. Wagons, representing
interiors of the tailor shop and emporium could roll on from their respective sides from the wings.
Keeping with the ‘homespun’ concept, simplicity (except, perhaps, with the Klemperers’ over-the-top
tastes), is best. As a reference for geographic, costume, scenic, dialect, time frame, etc. elements,
consider the film, “Paper Moon” and go from there.

Synopsis

A musical for theatregoers of all ages, loosely adapted from “The Emperor’s New Clothes”, our musical tells the tale of Jinny Mutz, an adolescent girl determined to teach the folks in Brantley to appreciate the talents of her widowed father. Her problem?? Willard, her father, a tailor who sews simple, durable clothes, is a bit too honest for his own good (or to make many sales). So, she enlists the aid of her uncle Millard, a wily traveling salesman. Together, they conspire to bring Willard’s frocks to the attention of the town’s arbiter of fashion (and everything else cultural!), Edna Klemperer, the snooty wife of the owner of the local mercantile emporium. Unfortunately, Edna sneers at Willard’s sturdy, unexciting, homespun creations, prompting Millard to turn his scheme into a scam. With Jinny’s help, Millard cons Edna into believing that Willard can make her a new fangled frock: one that is invisible to fools. Edna takes the bait and demands that such a gown be delivered in time for her to wear to the Founder’s Day Promenade—a very public parade through the town. Ultimately, a humbled Edna is finally able to appreciate both Willard and his clothes for what they truly are: straightforward, honest and dependable.

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