Theatre Department to Hold Auditions for Children’s Production, “The Emperor’s New Clothes”

Posted: Sept. 16, 2010

The Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) Theatre department is seeking actors for the fall season production of “The Emperor’s New Clothes.” Auditions will be on Monday, Sept. 20, and Wednesday, Sept. 22, at 10 a.m. in the MHCC College Theatre on the Gresham Campus.

Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale, this adaptation is by award winning playwright Kathryn Shultz Miller. In this version, Peter, a young boy who loves to daydream, gets a dose of reality when his grandmother tells him that they are penniless and can’t even afford food.  Peter sets out to the big city to find a job and win his fortune; he uses his creativity to convince the Emperor that he is a famous tailor who can weave fabulous clothing. “You see,” Peter says to the Emperor, “this wonderful cloth has the most extraordinary power.  The cloth is invisible to anyone who is unfit for the office he holds.”  The Emperor is delighted, giggling about all of the things he will learn from his wonderful new clothes!  “Can you have them ready for the procession on Saturday?” asks the Emperor.

If selected, actors must enroll in TA153D: Theatre Workshop: Children’s Workshop, First Year or TA253D: Theatre Workshop: Children’s Theatre, Second Year. Enrollment for all MHCC courses is now available online at Fall classes start Sept. 20.

“The Emperor’s New Clothes” will be performed for school groups on Monday, Nov. 8, Wednesday, Nov. 10, Friday, Nov. 12, Monday, Nov. 15, Wednesday, Nov. 17 and Friday, Nov. 19. School groups may make reservations with the MHCC Performing Arts Box Office at 503-491-7154, ext. 1. Early registration is encouraged, as seating is limited and performances have sold out in previous years. Teachers should collect the entrance fee from their students and pay at the door on the day of performance. However, no one will be turned away because of inability to pay.

A performance for the general public will be held Saturday, Nov. 20, at 2 p.m.; no reservations needed. All performances will be in the MHCC Theatre. Tickets are $2 per person for all performances. For more information, call the Performing Arts department at 503-491-6969.

Individuals requiring accommodations due to a disability should contact the MHCC Disability Services Office at 503-491-6923 or 503-491-7670 (TDD). Please call at least two weeks prior to the event to ensure availability.

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