Fairy tales span our lives. As children, they were read to us. As parents and grandparents, we read them to the youngest members of the family.
As classic as they may be in written form, there is nothing more enjoyable than a fairy tale brought to life on stage.
Last week I saw Theatre on the Hill's production of "The Emperor's New Clothes."
This is the third consecutive year my family attended TOTH's summer production for children. As usual, we were not disappointed.
Westminster resident Jean Burgess, who directs the show and is a member of the ensemble cast for "Emperor," said that in the past three years the summer lineup for TOTH has included a tale for children of all ages.
"We started with 'The Wizard of Oz' two years ago, realizing that we wanted to do a show that would appeal to families," Ms. Burgess said.
"Last year we did 'Alice in Wonderland' and this year we decided to do 'The Emperor's New Clothes' separately as a special children's show."
With the help of a creative cast, Ms. Burgess brings her production to life with audience participation and a script based on improvisation.
"At first, I made an outline of how I wanted each scene to go," said Ms. Burgess. "All the people I am working with in this play had great ideas. We knew we wanted to get the kids involved in the show because that makes it fun for the adults."
Ms. Burgess, who teaches visual and performing arts at Thomas Johnson High School in Frederick, has been with Theatre on the Hill for five years.
She said she hopes that the community remains interested in the TOTH shows, particularly the family-oriented productions.
"We are hoping to get a good response with these shows," Ms. Burgess said. "We try to keep the price down from the main stage shows so that families can afford to come.
The best news is that there are still four more performances of "The Emperor's New Clothes" for you and your family to enjoy.
Actors and actresses will take the stage this Saturday for a 2 p.m. matinee performance. If you can't make it, the remaining Saturday matinees will be held on July 31, Aug. 7 and Aug. 14.
The general admission price is $4 per ticket and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.
If your young Rembrandt is looking for a way to express himself or herself this summer, consider the following:
The Westminster City Recreation Department is offering a two-week art class for youths ages 8 to 14 at the Longwell Municipal Center beginning Aug. 2 and ending Aug. 12.
The course, "Drawing: A Way of Seeing For Young Artists," will be taught by local artisan Shawn Scanlon.
A variety of techniques including positive and negative space, contour drawing and drawing from imagination will be addressed.
The session will run from 10 a.m. to noon Monday through Thursday. The cost per student is $45.
To register or for more information, call 848-6962 or 876-1313.