'Emperor's New Clothes' will suit children and grownups

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An all-female cast will tell the tale of The Emperor's New Clothes on Tuesday at the University of South Carolina Aiken.

"It's very visual, but we don't have a lot of scenery," said Cici DeJesus, who plays one of the trickster tailors in the show.

"All of the props are huge. They are not subdued," said Chelsea Crook, who plays the second tailor.

The University Theatre Players' version of the show is based on the Hans Christian Andersen tale, in which a "vain and childish emperor is duped by two schemers who convince him they can make him a unique suit of clothes that is not only beautiful but magical -- it can only by seen by those who are honest. Afraid he won't be able to see the cloth himself, the emperor enlists the aid of his two ministers, who complicate matters when they are afraid to admit they cannot see it," according to a news release.

Though The Emperor's New Clothes is aimed at the younger set, the actors said their parents will enjoy it as well.

"It's fun. The way Jack (Benjamin, the director) has done it, the jokes in there are for older audiences, parents and teachers. It's a fun take," Ms. Crook said.

The Emperor's New Clothes will be performed at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Etherredge Center at USC Aiken. Tickets are $7 for adults and $4 for children. For ticket information, call (803) 641-3305.

Reach Charmain Brackett at charmain.brackett@augustachronicle.com.


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