The Prince Street Players will present two performances of ``The Emperor's New Clothes,' a musical for youngsters through eighth grade, Wednesday in the Caswell County Civic Center in Yanceyville.
The performances will begin at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., as part of the Caswell Youth Series, sponsored by the Caswell Council for Arts and History Inc.Vanity reigns supreme in the production as the empire of Maximillian the Most sinks into debt to support his opulent wardrobe. The Empress is even forced to trumpet her own fanfare in this musical comedy based on the classic ``riches-to-rags' tale. But as the curtain falls, truth and honesty prevail for the embarrassed but wiser monarch and his subjects.
In addition to the talented cast of professionals singers, dancers, actors and musicians, Prince Street Players brings imaginatively designed sets, costumes and props.
New York's famed Prince Street Players, formed by Jim Eller and Jeanne Bargy, first began operation in 1965 in a loft studio on Greenwich Village's Prince Street. In the 20 years since that first effort, the company has put together a repertoire of no less than a dozen fully staged musical productions designed for family and school audiences.
At one time four separate companies toured and performed simultaneously with prominent symphonies, in universities and schools, and in cultural centers as such as Broadway's Helen Hayes Theater and the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles.
Nationally acclaimed for their four WCBS television specials - ``Pinocchio,' ``Jack and the Beanstalk,' ``The Emperor's New Clothes' and ``Aladdin,' as well as four half-hour segments based on Mother Goose, Prince Street and WCBS received a Special Citation Emmy Award from the New York Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for providing young television audiences imaginative entertainment, officials said.
Tickets for the performances may be purchased at the Caswell Civic Center box office, by mail at P.O. Box 609, Yanceyville, N.C. 27379, or by phone for Visa and Mastercard customers at 694-4591.
Admission is $3 for students and $3.50 for others. One free adult ticket is offered with every group of 20 student tickets purchased. A study guide is available upon request.
For more information, call Caswell County Civic Center at 694-4591.