top of page



This re-telling of the original Hans Christian Andersen tale adds some modern flair and tells the story of a quirky, game-loving, yet clueless leader.

The Emperor challenges the boy that asks for his daughter’s hand in marriage to beat him in some of his favorite games, including a live action game of chess!

Meantime, the royal fashion designer is afraid of losing her job to two crafty tailors who catch the Emperor and his court in their web of false beliefs.


Auditions will be held on:

Monday, December 02, from 4:45pm – 6:30pm

Tuesday, December 03, from 4:00pm – 6:00pm


Callbacks will be held on Friday, December 06 from 4:00pm – 6:15pm
You will be notified by email if you will be needed for callbacks.


No appointment needed. Actors only need to attend one day of auditions.


All auditions and any necessary callbacks will be held at the Morgan-Wixson Theatre.


Street parking available.

Venice Family Clinic’s parking lot is available on weekends and on weekdays after 6:00pm. Do not park at our neighbors AAMCO/Viking Motors or SGI or you will be towed.


Prepare 32 bars (verse and chorus) of an up-tempo song in the standard musical comedy style with accompaniment on a CD, iPhone, iPad or equivalent.

Please do not sing pop songs, liturgical music, or country western.

In addition, please do not sing “Popular”“Let It Go", or “Good Morning, Baltimore”.

Be prepared to dance.


February 01, 02, 08, 09, 15, and 16,

Saturdays & Sundays at 11:00am.


Morning School Shows on

Thursday, February 06 and Tuesday, February 11.

School Shows will require actors to miss their morning classes on those days.

They can receive community service credit.

Please note that actors MUST be available for all performances, including school shows (2 performances on each school show day).  

This is non-negotiable!


Rehearsals will begin with a read-through to be announced;

(either Saturday, December 07 in the morning, or Monday, December 09 in the afternoon),

and are held in the time frames of


Monday through Friday from 4:00pm to 6:30pm,

Saturdays from either 9:30am to 2:00pm OR 1:00pm to 5:00pm, depending on theater availability.


Actors are not called for all rehearsals, only rehearsals where they are being used for a scene.

Rehearsals will be worked around actor schedules as much as possible.

As always, we consider homework a priority!

  • A picture (a school picture or snapshot is fine).

  • A resume or list of shows done.

  • A list of your conflicts for the rehearsal period.

All conflicts MUST be submitted prior to callbacks. Please check with your school choir/band/theatre director, your soccer/baseball coach, or any other adult who schedules your time, about all conflicts PRIOR to auditioning.  

In addition, please check with your schools for any graduation related activities.
If additional conflicts arise after casting, it may result in an actor being replaced.


In reference to the character descriptions that follow—most characters we encounter currently are on the binary and are written with he/him or she/her pronouns and you will see that in the following descriptions. But however limiting the descriptions are, our casting seeks to be as inclusive as possible and we invite gender non-conforming, genderfluid, transgender and non-binary actors to submit for the roles they most identify with.
We will also list race/ethnicity when specific to the character but are otherwise seeking all races and ethnicities.

In addition, we will list disability when specific to a character, but are otherwise seeking actors with disabilities as well as non-disabled actors for all roles.

Please let us know if you have any questions, concerns, or if there are any accommodations we can provide.

We are actively committed to casting an inclusive show that reflects the community.


Male, 12-18

A king who finds politics boring and is more interested in his appearance and winning at games. Vain, silly, quirky with strong comedic timing.

Prime Minister

Gender Open, 10-18

Head of the government. Serious, cynical, and tries desperately to get the Emperor in touch with his duties of governing.


Gender Open, 12-18

Royal fashion designer and mother of Fredrick. She is proud and a bit haughty yet fearful of losing her job. She is tense from trying to please the Emperor’s demanding tastes from unique clothing.


Male, 9-16

Suitor to Emperor’s Daughter. He is levelheaded, confident, supportive and caring.

Emperor’s Daughter

Female, 9-16

She is in love with Fredrick. Sweet, patient, and aware of her father’s quirks.

Wheeler & Dealer

Gender Open, 10-18

Liars and cheats who pose as tailors and trick the Emperor by making an outfit that isn't real while pressuring others to feel foolish if they admit they think it doesn't exist. Flashy and confident.

Good physical movers; tumbling, cartwheels, and/or scooter riders who can create some circus style movements.


9-18, All vocal types

To play a variety of characters such as Silkworms, Courtiers, Models, Chess Pieces, and Children in the Crowd.

Must sing and dance well.

Please reload

Non-Equity, no pay.

Y.E.S. does not charge tuition or fees to participate.

Questions or requests for additional information should be directed to Eve Keller at

bottom of page