Directors' Choice Award Winner
The Klemperers' New Clothes
Music by Norman Weiss Book and Lyrics by William Squier
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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.
The following artists are featured in the demo recordings.
D. Michael Heath
Kristie Dale Sanders
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