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Casting Call for "New Clothes for the Emperor" Play

Edmonton, KY, United States
ID: 257420Exp: 2/27/2024

Casting actors for "New Clothes for the Emperor" Play, please see the details below. About the project: With dialogue and stage action as dazzling as the emperor’s imaginary extravagant clothing, this charming adaptation will make your stage come alive with laughter and an important lesson-it’s the heart that makes the man, not the clothing. Princess Chenille is the only one in the royal family who knows that clothes can’t fix the kingdom’s problems. Poverty, hunger and neglect simply cannot be ’cheered up’ by silk or taffeta! The power-hungry prime minister, Count De Gauche, has convinced the emperor he should wed Princess Chenille, even though she cannot stand him and loves another. Luckily, the narrator (a servant in the castle who ends up playing a vital role in the story) comes up with a plan to postpone the wedding-a royal clothes contest for the emperor’s wedding outfit! You won’t forget the two ruffians posing as tailors as they weave their scheme with finesse, fervor, and invisible fabric! By the end of this down-to-earth story, the good-hearted (but slightly featherbrained!) emperor realizes the error of his ways, demotes the crooked Count De Gauche to work in the stables and welcomes Captain Herringbone Faircloth as Princess Chenille’s husband. Full of physical humor and dynamic, loveable characters, this script brings zip and zing to the classic Hans Christian Andersen tale. Rated G Additional info: Please note that you will be required to perform a cold reading from the script.

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10 roles

NARRATORMale18-56 y.o.All ethnicities

Guides us through the story with lots of energy and wry wit; starts out as a mere sweeperupper, but climbs the heights by the end

EMPRESSMale18-56 y.o.All ethnicities

Great ship of state who sails blithely on

GABARDINEMale18-56 y.o.All ethnicities

Silly maidservant

PRINCESS CHENILLEFemale18-56 y.o.All ethnicities

Fairy-tale princess with a definite edge

COUNT DE GAUCHEMale18-56 y.o.All ethnicities

Prime minister, nasty and oily, a real toady; should be similar in age to the princess and the captain

EMPERORMale18-56 y.o.All ethnicities

His fatal flaw, vanity, makes him a bit pompous, but he’s also cuddly and clueless

CAPTAIN HERRINGBONE FAIRCLOTHMale18-56 y.o.All ethnicities

Every fairy tale needs a hero; he’s not quite that, but he is every inch a solider—well, an earnest, bumbling soldier.

TAILOR ONEBoth genders18-56 y.o.All ethnicities

Charming rapscallion and polished flimflam man or woman; able to weave a web of deception around the emperor and most everyone else

TAILOR TWOMale18-56 y.o.All ethnicities

Same as above

EXTRASBoth genders18-56 y.o.All ethnicities

As parade of TAILORS from various lands and for CROWD MEMBERS at the end of the play