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The Greater Ocean City Theatre Company has announced the lineup for its children’s theatre season, and it’s jam packed with entertainment for both kids and parents.
The company is presenting five different performances to be held at three different locations beginning Monday, July 6.
The series will feature popular children’s stories, complete with costumes, sets and music, and will be held at the Ocean City Music Pier, Stockton University and Cape May Convention Hall.
The season starts off at the Music Pier with “The Emperor’s New Clothes.”
The play, based on the classic Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale, tells the story of an emperor who is fooled by two villains into believing he’s been given a set of magical clothes. The snafu is, the clothing doesn’t exist.
The tricksters tell the emperor that only people who are honest can see the clothing, which causes confusion for the emperor, who tries to hide the fact that he can’t see the clothes himself.
“(The show is) a wacky retelling of the standard story,” Director John Bow says.
“Playing someone as goofy and big as the emperor is always a blast, so I’m really looking forward to hamming it up in front of an audience,” Downs says.
The rest of the cast for “The Emperor’s New Clothes” includes Chrissy Hartzell of Mays Landing, playing Minister Puckering; Jeremy Konopka of Cape May, playing Minister Timely; Sean White of North Cape May, playing Sylvester Schemes; and Sarah Rosen of New York City, playing Demetrius Witt.
The show will continue at Stockton University on Wednesday, July 8, followed by a performance at Cape May Convention Hall on Thursday, July 9.
The children’s theatre series continues with four musicals.
The classic “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” will be performed on July 13, 15, and 16. The theatre company invites all kids attending the show to don their best prince and princess outfits for the performance.
On July 20, 22, and 23, the “The Perfect Dog” takes the stage, based on the book by the same title, written by John O’Hurley.
Then on July 27, 29 and 30 they will feature the popular children’s book “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.”
The series will conclude with “The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bag Pig” on Aug. 3, 5 and 6. All showings are $10.
Bow said one of the perks of working on a children’s series is the time spent with the kids following the shows.
“The performers get to answer questions with the kids and connect with them,” he says. “Rehearsing for the show is the most work, but getting to meet with the kids after is the fun part.”
And the performances aren’t just for the kids the whole family can have fun.
“It’s a great way to spend the morning with the family,” he says. The Emperor’s New Clothes: July 6, Music Pier; July 8, Stockton Performing Arts Center; July 9, Cape May Convention Hall; Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: July 13, Music Pier; July 15, Stockton Performing Arts Center; July 16, Cape May Convention Hall; The Perfect Dog: July 20, Music Pier; July 22, Stockton Performing Arts Center; July 23, Cape May Convention Hall; Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day: July 27, Music Pier; July 29, Stockton Performing Arts Center; July 30, Cape May Convention Hall; The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig: Aug. 3, Music Pier; Aug. 5, Stockton Performing Arts Center; Aug. 6, Cape May Convention Hall