Children’s opera opens Oct. 29

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KC department of music and dance will present “The Emperor’s New Clothes” children’s opera beginning 7:30 p.m., Oct. 29, at Dodson Auditorium.

Opera East Texas suggested to KC 8 years ago to have an opera geared toward children.

The fairy tale, “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” was originally written by Hans Christian Andersen in 1837.

The Danish poet and short story writer, also wrote the famous fairy tale “The Little Mermaid.”

The opera will be performed by vocal majors that have practiced at least three hours a week. There will be two vocalists for each role, both performing in three shows each.

Local children come from several different school districts to watch the performance. This year, 1,558 children are expected to come to the opera.

Only one opera is performed in the whole year.

“It’s too hard to get the children to come to our performances in the spring due to standardized testing,” said Melanie Sullivan, music instructor.

“The moral of the story is vanity, and not worrying about what we are on the outside, but what we are on the inside,” Sullivan said.