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The Student News Site of Altoona Area High School

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The Student News Site of Altoona Area High School

Mountain Echo

AAJHS Drama Club to perform ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’

Stacy Palilla
Break a leg. Over 60 students auditioned to be in the show in September. The 41 that were cast have been rehearsing diligently ever since.

On Nov. 17 and 18, the AAJHS Drama Club will put on their annual fall play. ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’ will be performed for public audiences in the AAJHS auditorium under the direction of Stacy Palilla and assistant director Jordan Giordano. 

The cast and crew features 60 students. Doors will open 30 minutes before each show, and tickets will be sold at the door. Tickets will be $8 for adults and $5 for students. The performance will last approximately one hour. 

“The audience should prepare to participate – some will even be pulled up onto stage during the show,” Palilla said. “We will also be selling golden chocolate coins in small burlap bags for $1 per bag. There will be four bags a show that contain a winning ticket. Ticket winners will join the Emperor and Empress on stage for a ‘royal moment’ after the show, complete with their very own crown, cape and scepter. We love doing special things like this to add a touch of excitement to the atmosphere.” 

The show is based on the classic story by Hans Christian Andersen of the same name. The performance stays true to the story it is adapting, but includes some twists to keep the audience engaged. 

“It has been awesome to see the growth of confidence on stage,” Palilla said. “It is a really big step to put yourself out there, especially when it is your first time doing so. The kids have worked hard and we can’t wait for them to share their talents with everyone.”

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