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The Emperor’s New Clothes
July 8 – August 11, 2016

Fridays July 8, 15, 22, 29 @ 11:00 am
Friday August 5 @ 1:30 pm
Saturdays July 9, 16, 23 & 30 @ 11:00 am
Thursday, August 11 @ 11:00 am

The Emperor’s New ClothesTHEATRE THREE kicks-off of the summer with a hilarious musical retelling of The Emperor’s New Clothes. Joseph and Jeremiah, the wily conmen, pose as court tailors to teach the clothes-obsessed king an important lesson: That it’s not what’s on the outside that truly matters. With a charming original score and outrageous characters, The Emperor’s New Clothes is sure to delight the entire family!

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Read The Village Times review of The Emperor's New Clothes

  ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’ exposed at Theatre Three
       By Heidi Sutton, July 14, 2016

“The Emperor’s New Clothes” by Hans Christian Andersen is as relevant today as it was when it was first published in 1837 and has been translated into over 100 languages. Through Aug. 11, Theatre Three in Port Jefferson presents an original musical retelling of the classic fairy tale that is both witty and funny and a perfect way to spend a summer afternoon.

The Grand Festival of the Autumn Moon is just around the corner and the Emperor would like a new suit to wear. Not happy with the court tailor’s latest creations, a call is sent out across the land and two con men posing as weavers, Joseph and Jeremiah, answer. They set about creating a new suit of clothes for the Emperor that is so exquisite and delicate that “it cannot be seen by fools.” In the meantime, they tell the emperor of the latest fashions in other kingdoms, which he simply must copy, setting off a series of hilarious costume changes.

Directed by Jeffrey Sanzel, the eight adult actors never miss a beat in this fast-paced comedy. Frank Gilleece is ideally cast as the vain Emperor and Zoe Dunmire as the Empress and Melanie Acampora as the Princess complement him perfectly. Children’s theater veterans Andrew Gasparini (Jeremiah) and Steven Uihlein (Joseph) are very convincing as the two con men who try to pull off “the tailor scam.” As court tailor, Amanda Geraci effectively displays a variety of emotions from insulted to insecure to jealous as she is replaced by the new “weavers.”

Newcomer Emily Gates gives an outstanding performance in the toothy role of Court Dentist, examining everyone’s mouth and passing out sugar-free gum. Even the audience is under scrutiny. “A dentist’s work is never done!” she exclaims. Gates takes this flossy character and runs with it.

Aria Saltini plays Ann, the girl who befriends Jeremiah and Joseph and becomes an accomplice in their scam. Will she have a change of heart and expose them? Or will the emperor be exposed?

The original score, with choreography by Bobby Montaniz, is the heart of the show with great duets like “Song of Agreement” with Acampora and Saltini and “I Can Work with You” with Geraci and Gates as well as “It’s Time” sung by the whole company. Teresa Matteson’s elaborate costumes, especially the many outfits for the Emperor, are wonderfully on point and live musical accompaniment by Tim Peierls on piano, David B. Goldberg on electric bass and Tessa Peierls on flute and piccolo is a nice touch.

There are always lessons to be learned at Theatre Three’s children’s shows and “The Emperor’s New Clothes” is no exception. Here the morals of the story are that it’s not what’s on the outside but the inside that truly matters, to always tell the truth and to floss after every meal! Young children will love this story along with the singing and dancing, and adults will have a terrific time as well, seeing a fresh take on a story they know from their own childhoods.

Up next is the premiere of “The Misadventures of Robin Hood” from Aug. 5 to 13, “Pumpkin Patch Magic!” from Oct. 1 to 29 and a holiday favorite, “Barnaby Saves Christmas” from Nov. 25 to Dec. 30. Tickets are $10 each. To order, call the box office at 631-928-9100 or visit www.TheatreThree.com.


 
 

The Misadventures of Robin Hood
August 5 - 13, 2016
Fridays August 5 & 12 @ 11:00 am
Saturdays August 6 & 13 @ 11:00 am & 2:00 pm

The Misadventures of Robin HoodJoin us for the world premiere of an ALL-NEW musical comedy that takes a topsy-turvy look at the legend of Robin of Locksley. Maid Marion, Friar Tuck, and the whole gang are here to thwart the evil Sheriff of Nottingham in this topsy-turvy take on the tale of Sherwood Forest. Merry misadventures abound in this musical adventure!

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Pumpkin Patch Magic
Or
"If at First You Don't Succeed"
October 1 - 29, 2016

Saturdays October 1,8,15,22,29 @ 11:00 am
Sunday October 23 @ 3pm

Pumpkin Patch MagicIt’s October in the Land of Halloween—and all is well … or is it?! The Fairy Loquacious Chattelot tells us the tale of one outrageous autumn where a nervous gnome, a grounded witch, and a mixed-up ghost join forces to save the Magic Pumpkin Patch. Hilarious hijinks ensue as this trio learns that “if at first you don’t succeed …”

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Barnaby Saves Christmas
November 25 - December 30, 2016

Friday November 25, 11am
Saturdays November 26, 11am
December 3, 10, 24, 11am
Wednesday, December 28 11 a.m.
Thursday, December 29 11 a.m.
Friday, December 30 11 a.m.

Barnaby Saves ChristmasSanta Claus invites you to our Winter Wonderland! As the littlest elf, Barnaby, and his reindeer friend Franklynne set off on their journey to save Christmas, they meet some new friends along the way and learn the true meaning of Christmas, Hanukah, and the holiday season. Barnaby Saves Christmas celebrates its 13th anniversary!

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The Three Little Pigs
Or
"A play in Verse and Verses"
January 21 - February 4, 2017

Saturdays October 1,8,15,22,29 @ 11:00 am
Sunday October 23 @ 3pm

The Three Little Pigs3 independent pigs + 2 lost mice + 1 rappin’ wolf = a fun filled version of the famous story. Told completely in song and verse, THE THREE LITTLE PIGS is a new look at the pigs and their plight. The original music focuses on issues of race relations and the homeless. “And though we be of a different race/Together we’ll make the world a better place.”

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Raggedy Ann & Andy
Or
“Friends and Friends and Friends”
March 4 – 25, 2017

Saturdays March 4, 11, 18, 25 @ 11:00 am

Raggedy Ann & Andy“Be a buddy, be a pal, be a friend …” The world’s favorite and most famous rag dolls come to life in a heart-warming adventure about friendship and loyalty as the toys save the Tiwilliger Toy Workshop for Extra-Special Friends. A captivating tale of the power of love and cooperation.

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The Adventures of Peter Rabbit
April 12 – May 6, 2017

Wednesday, April 12 @ 11 a.m.
Thursday, April 13 @ 11 a.m.
Friday, April 14 @ 11 a.m
Saturdays April 15, 22, 29, May 6 @ 11:00 am

The Adventures of Peter RabbitThey’re back! Peter, Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-Tail, Benjamin Bunny, and the McGregors come to life in this heartfelt adaptation, suggested by the immortal characters created by Beatrix Potter. THE ADVENTURES OF PETER RABBIT is a THEATRE THREE tradition for the spring break!

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The Princess and the Pea
Or
“What Makes a Noble Noble?”
May 27 – June 10, 2017

Saturdays May 27, June 3, 10 @ 11:00 am

The Princess and the PeaFollow Priscilla Noble, a noble orphan, as she comes face-to-face with the impossible Queen Irritatta and a hilarious series of challenges in this charming musical of the celebrated yarn. Is the true test of nobility a mattress and a pea? Or could it be that true nobility comes from inside?

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