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‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’ continues at SSC

Kim Nevins Catherine Hundt PNevins LydiBellamy-PalmAngelMartCharlie Furtek star Children's Theatre Company South Suburban College's 'The Emperor's New Clothes.'

Kim Nevins, Catherine Hundt, Pat Nevins, Lydia Bellamy-Palma, Angela Martin and Charlie Furtek star in the Children's Theatre Company of South Suburban College's "The Emperor's New Clothes."

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Updated: February 19, 2013 1:02PM



The Children’s Theatre Company of South Suburban College continues staging “The Emperor’s New Clothes” by Michele L. Vacca.

The show at the Kindig Performing Arts Center on SSC’s main campus, 15800 S. State St., South Holland, began on Jan. 15 and has performances slated for 9:45 a.m. and 11:30 p.m. Jan. 18 and 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Jan. 19.

“ ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’ is a highly entertaining, clever telling of the Hans Christian Andersen fable about the pitfalls of vanity and greed,” officials said.

Emperor Abu Abdullah Abdul (Pat Nevins, of Homewood), ruler of Zanadum Znadu Zan, spends all his time and country’s gold on clothes.

When the treasury is almost empty, Lord Babah, Prime Minister in charge of the Emperor’s Wardrobe (Charlie Furtek, of Lansing), is forced to put a tax on peanut butter, the national favorite food.

The Emperor’s 129-year-old Granny (Betty Owens, of Glenwood) does all the palace laundry.

His wife, Empress Fatimah (Catherine Hundt, of Thornton), hasn’t had a new dress in a very long time.

Even though she is an excellent seamstress, Fatimah’s Lady-in-Waiting, Lady Bubarah (Kim Nevins, of Homewood), can no longer repair any of the tattered dresses in her royal closet.

Despite the fact that Emperor Abu possesses hundreds of fashionable tunics, trousers, vests, slippers and turbans, he decides he has nothing to wear for the Great State Occasion.

A proclamation lures two swindlers (Lydia Bellamy-Palma, of Park Forest, and Angela Martin, of Midlothian), who claim they are descendants from a long line of royal clothing makers.

The tailors are in fact swindlers who plan to pocket the loot and sell the king garments that can only be seen by the wisest of men.

By chance, Fatimah overhears the two plotting and realizes they are thieves.

The audience will find out what happens when the Emperor is presented with his new “clothes.”

The production is directed by Lansing resident and Kindig Performing Arts Center manager Ellie Shunko.

Set design is by Anne Begora, of Chicago; lighting design is by Bellamy-Palma; and the costume designer is Joanna Tassin, of Park Forest.

Stage management is by June and Sandy Wagner, both of Lansing.

Kara DeCarlo, of Tinley Park, is the master electrician while Dean Scalzittim,of Chicago, is the master carpenter.

Tickets are $5 each at (708) 210-5741 or boxoffice@ssc.edu.

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