New Family Show Adds Visual Art Compents

By on October 2, 2018

RAPA Family Theatre and OFC Creations will be mounting The Emperor’s New Clothes from October 13-21, 2018 at the Kodak Center. The family friendly production is in partnership with visual artist Cordell Cordaro.

The Emperor’s New Clothes by Hans Christian Anderson follows a mother and son as they plead with the Emperor for funds to bring the arts back to town. Much to their disappointment, the Emperor sends them away as he is caught up in his own self-absorbed vanity. The two peasants disguise themselves as weavers and return to the palace with the offer of a remarkable outfit for the highest price. The cunning duo craft a theatrical tale, fabling the clothes to be invisible to those who are unfit for their positions or incompetent. In reality, though, the peasants make no clothes at all! Will the Emperor see through their scheme?

Cordell Cordaro is a Rochester based artist and has designed the set for The Emperor’s New Clothes. Stylistically, Cordaro’s party-scene works nod to Egon Schiele’s elegant waifs, in which anatomical distortions convey emotional truths, but his gestural brushstrokes and playful, mythic injections make his prolific portfolio firmly his own. An increasing master of several media, Cordaro’s work includes paintings, ink drawings, and combinations of the two. His beloved oeuvre has found patrons across the world. The artist participates in shows in New York City and Florida, and his work has also reached audiences in California, Greece, Singapore, and the UK.

Audience members will experience insight into being a stage performer as well as being a visual artist. With lobby displays, educational activities in the show playbill, and post-show talk-backs with director Eric Vaughn Johnson, The Emperor’s New Clothes is more than just a performance.

The show features four adult actors returning to the RAPA Family Theatre stage: Hunter Ekberg as the son, Nicolas; Marge Mattioli as the mother, Louise; Allan O’Grady Cuseo as the Emperor; and Mandi Lynn Griffith Gurell as the Captain.

Performances of The Emperor’s New Clothes are as followed:

· Saturday, October 13 at 11AM

· Saturday, October 13 at 2PM

· Sunday, October 14 at 2PM

· Sunday, October 14 at 4:30PM (Sensory Friendly Performance)

· Saturday, October 20 at 11AM

· Saturday, October 20 at 2PM

· Sunday, October 21 at 2PM

All performances are approximately one hour in length plus a short intermission. And as always, children can “Meet the Cast” after each performance, with photo opportunities, autographs, and new Activity Center.

This year, RAPA Family Theatre will be continuing their well respected Sensory Friendly Performance program specifically geared towards audience members with autism and special needs developed by RAPA and Monroe Boces-2.

As if that weren’t enough, community organizations (including schools) can book daytime performances throughout the week. Organizations have the options to:

· Take a field trip to the Kodak Center

· Bring a RAPA Family Theatre show to a school

· Have an educational talk-back or backstage tour after the show

Tickets for The Emperor’s New Clothes can be purchased at or by calling 585-254-0073. Tickets are sold by reserved seating in the newly renovated Studio Theatre at the Kodak Center at 200 W. Ridge Rd. Rochester, NY 14615.

Tickets are $20 for Adults; $18 for Students and Seniors; $10 for Kids 12 & Under.

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