Delta College brings ‘New Clothes for the Emperor’ to stage

By: Joe Thornton, reporter

Delta College’s theater department is bringing the comedic play “New Clothes for the Emperor” to the stage for its spring production. The show is being co-directed by Delta College Professors Dr. Beth Heyart and Judy Gonzalez.

“New Clothes for the Emperor” is an adaptation of the classic “The Emperor’s New Clothes” by Hans Christian Andersen, offering a more drastic, comedic flair than the original. Heyart believes this story is one worth telling due to its metaphorical teachings.

“Although it seems to just be about clothes on the surface, this show has a strong message that the inside character of a person is more important than exterior appearance. This is a message that needs to be heard, and the comedic presentation in doing so makes the show even more appealing,” explains Heyart.

This production will feature members of the local community and multiple Delta College students. The lead role of the Emperor will be performed by former Delta College student Isiah Barnes, who most recently performed as a cast member in “Oedipus the King” at Midland Center for the Arts.

Heyart passionately believes in the importance of experiencing the arts firsthand, and this play is great for all ranging from first-time playgoers to seasoned theater attendees.

“Plays allow the audience to be a part of the show. Other forms of media, like television and movies, don’t give you that in-the-moment feeling like a play does. Theater never gives the exact same performance twice, allowing for a unique individual experience,” says Heyart.

As a family-friendly production appropriate for viewers of all ages, this show presents itself as an entertaining and economically feasible option over the weekend. Tickets are being sold for $5 each with all performances taking place in the Delta College auditorium, room G-209. All tickets are general admission, and doors to the theater open 30 minutes before the show starts with seats provided on a first come, first serve basis. Performances span from Apr. 19 to 21 at the following times:

Thursday, April 19 at 10 a.m

Friday, April 20 at 10 a.m.

Friday, April 20 at 7 p.m.

Saturday, April 21 at 2 p.m.

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