By the 2019 Senior IMPACT EnsembleDirected by Ari Palani Collaboration with Nicole Haeusler and Zoё Hulme-Peake.Ensemble – Ben Anderson, Felicity Anderson, Nate Crossinggum, Alisha Di Ruggiero, Kate Hudson-James, Sandra Miller, Cosme McPhie, Mahala Pemberton, Elizabeth Stanfeild, Eryn Stewart, Isabella Watson and Asher Wighton.
Stories have always been an important aspect of life. It’s how we understand who we were, who we are and what we want to eventually become, but… what happens to a story over the course of its lifetime?
The Emperor’s New Clothes is a well-known enduring short story made popular in the Western zeitgeist by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen. Also known under many other names through various cultures across the East, the core of this tale is the same: an Emperor who is concerned with the image of his power hires two weavers who promise to clothe him in the finest garments which are only visible to those who are “worthy,” a lie that grows as any and all who obviously cannot see these clothes perpetuates a collective denial. The story culminates as the Emperor wears these so-called clothes and parades through his town completely naked, at which point a child speaks what everyone has been denying – “But he isn’t wearing anything at all!”
Providing a platform for satirical commentary on many aspects of contemporary society it has proven an exciting stimulus for this years ensemble to prepare a story in 3 Acts: an exploration of the nature of stories, a close to faithful retelling of the original piece, and finally a glimpse into the future of the Child who decried an Emperor. This one is sure to be a fun journey through the rise and fall of stories, from cavemen through to the death of Vine.“After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world” – Philip Pullman