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|Princess youth players to perform 'The Emperor's New Clothes'|
Rehearsals are underway for the presentation of "The Emperor's New Clothes" at the Princess Theatre. The youth production, held annually, gives area young people an opportunity to shine on the Princess stage. This year's production has a cast of 17 parts and is staged in two acts.
"The Emperor" is the story of a vain ruler who needs new clothes for a special occasion and the con men that convince everyone they are making these new clothes out of "special fabric" which doesn't really exist, though everyone swears they can see it.
"Bright costumes and dazzling set pieces are in store, as well as a great, talented group of young people,"said Emily Arnold, director of the production. "These kids are working very hard and it shows."
Arnold, who directed last year's youth production of "Snow White," is also the director of The Franklin Parish Library.
"The library enjoys teaming up with The Princess in many of our activities," said Arnold. Gene Thompson, executive director of The Princess, echoed Arnold's feelings as well.
"We are so very lucky to have young people this interested in being part of the arts in our area. They, as well as the theatre are such wonderful assets to the parish."
The cast includes Dakota Stephens as the Emperor, Sara Head as his wife, Pearl, Meg Stephens as Granny, Dillon Davis and Cole Linder as con men Franz and Frick, and Anna Clair Romero as the giggly Lucy. Performing in the parts of the Emperor's cabinet are Anna Grace Ellerbe as The Prime Minister of Fashion, Heidi Anderson as the Duchess of Dressing Up, Natalie Anderson as the Grand Poohba of Toiletries, Micah Paola as Underlady of Underwear, Janna Rhodes as Overlady of Overdressing, Bruce Cordill as the Sultan of Style, and Shelby Bailey as the Emperor's Page. Rounding out the cast as townspeople are Dagger Bishop as Tom, Emma Kate Blackwell as Henrietta, Adam Crum as Roland and Amanda Kincaid as Esther.
The production will be presented Friday, April 4 at 7:00 p.m. with a possible Saturday, April 5, showing at 6 p.m.
"If ticket sales are good for Friday and we need the Saturday showing we will certainly do it," said Thompson. "We want to make sure of a good crowd during each performance."
Ticket prices are $5 for ages 3 and up while ages 2 and under are no charge. For more information on the performance and tickets contact the Princess Theatre at 318-435-6299.
Programs of the Princess Theatre are supported in part by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council as administered by the Northeast Louisiana Arts Council.