The majority of the young actors cast in "The Emperor’s New Clothes" were newcomers to the stage at the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, but their inexperience did not hinder them from presenting an exciting, fun-filled production of the age-old tale.

The majority of the young actors cast in "The Emperor’s New Clothes" were newcomers to the stage at the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, but their inexperience did not hinder them from presenting an exciting, fun-filled production of the age-old tale.


The production opened at the ASC Thursday night and the final performance of the play will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday.


As the story goes, a vain emperor, played by Jallen Johnson, who cares about nothing except wearing and displaying clothes, hires Peter, a swindler played by Andi Kerr. Peter promises to make the emperor the finest clothes with fabric that is invisible to anyone who is unfit for his position or stupid.


No one can actually see the clothes, including the emperor, however, they pretend the clothes are visible so as to not seem stupid. The emperor marches in procession before his subjects and is met with non-stop laughter, until a child in the crowd yells to the emperor that he is wearing nothing at all. The emperor then chases Peter out of town.


Other cast members include:


• Empress — Kourtlynn Pinkins


• Grandmother — Maya Coleman


Orchestra:


• Danny Da Drum — Marquez Brently


• Zella Bella — Hailey Conner


• Horatio Horn Blower — Matthew Conner


• Ting-a-Ling — Katie Willett


• Tim Whistle — Jordan Malone


• Huey Kazooie — Conner Malone


• Blacksmith — Wyatt Carson


Townspeople:


• Misha — Olivia Reed


• Maxim — Rachel Grimes


• Milo —Briar Thompson


Peddlers:


• Fruit Peddler — Rachel Lochmann


• Baker — Baily Ann Donnell


• Milkman — Abigail Herrin


Peasants:


• Viktor — Mikal Johnson


• Vladimir — Kelby Scarver


• Vonda — Fatima Shah


Ministers:


• Igor — Anna Herrin


• Ivan — Nicki White


• Isadora — Shae Carson


Shutters:


• Tilt — Hannah Estees


• Turn — Kenndey Thompson