Lifeline Theatre's The Emperor's New Threads Impresses First Graders

Lifeline Theatre's The Emperor's New Threads Impresses First Graders
Photo by Suzanne Plunkett

Most days are the same, but once in awhile it is important to do something different.  Accompanying 28 first graders to Lifeline Theatre’s KidSeries The Emperor’s New Threads: A Fashion Statement, a children’s musical based on the folktale The Emperor’s New Clothes by Hans Christian Andersen was anything but a normal day for me.

The eager bodies bounced in their chairs in anticipation for the four-person show to begin.  The tiny theatre, apparently cold, supplies blankets for the little ones to get comfortable for the hour-long show.

The Emperor is beloved as a chic trendsetter, but his ridiculous fashion tax is bankrupting the country. Determined to be a hero for the ages, one young girl travels to the royal palace to confront the superficial ruler and teach him a lesson about what really matters. Soon, however, a devious con man hatches a sinister plot to send the Emperor out among the people in nothing but his birthday suit, and only our heroine can save “His Royal Groovyness” from a world of embarrassment — but should she?

The Emperor’s New Threads: A Fashion Statement runs through Sunday, April 28 at Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood Ave.  Performance times are Saturdays and Sundays at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.  Tickets are $15 and may be purchased at the Lifeline Theatre Box Office, 773.761.4477, or by visiting

PLUS: Join Lifeline Theatre every Saturday and Sunday at 12 p.m. during the run of The Emperor’s New Threads: A Fashion Statement (following the 11 a.m. show, or before the 1 p.m. show) for our Stories Come Alive! Hour. Children of all ages will get up close and personal with the book that inspired the play in an interactive storytelling session, followed by theatre games exploring the characters, plot, and themes of the play. The cost is only $10 per child. Reservations are encouraged, though not required. Contact the Lifeline Theatre Box Office at 773-761-4477 for more information.

Lifeline Theatre also offers “Name Your Price” tickets a half-hour before the show (subject to availability), group rates and other discounts available upon request.  A party room is available for full-service birthday and special event parties.  Free parking is available at the designated lot west of the theatre (NE corner of Morse and Ravenswood) with free shuttle service before and after the show.  Street parking is also available and Lifeline Theatre is handicapped and CTA accessible (Red Line Morse stop/busses).

It was truly awesome to observe the kids watching acting on a stage (opposed to a screen) and enjoying live theater with beautiful costumes, voices and stories.

Have you taken your children to experience live theater?


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