North Texas Performing Arts Page to Stage series develops literacy through the performing arts by bringing beloved books to life! Children and teachers alike will be delighted by our fully-staged musicals performed by a professional troupe of actors. Theatre field trips are the perfect compliment to your literacy and arts curriculum.

Shows are approximately 1hr and perfect for preschool-5th grade.

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“Thank you for a fantastic field trip today! Please let the cast and crew know that everyone, including the adults, had a great time and were very impressed by such a great performance. Hopefully I’ll be seeing you again next school year!”

Two Ways to Engage!

Field Trip Shows: Your school comes to our theatre!

Give your students the full theatre experience by taking a field trip to the theatre. Students will see a full production with theatre lighting, sets, and sound. Our performing arts facilities provide raised seating giving every child the perfect view to enriching educational performing arts.

Touring Shows: We come to your school!

Bring the art of theatre straight into your school building! We bring the actors, sets, props and theatre magic to you. Perfect for schools with tight budgets or tight schedules. Shows are flexible and can perform in any space. Approximate run time: 45 minutes.

Join Us for Our Next Show – The Emperor’s New Clothes!

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Performance Dates/Times

Tuesday, July 12, 10 am
Wednesday, July 13, 10 am
Thursday, July 14, 10 am
Friday, July 15, 10 am
Friday, July 15, 1 pm
Saturday, July 16, 10 am


This adaptation of The Emperor’s New Clothes incorporates some aspects of Andersen’s life—his passion for acting, his love of the theatre, his cleverness, his mother’s determination to help her son achieve his life’s aspirations. Andersen was born a peasant. His mother, a beggar as a child, worked as a washerwoman, while his father, a shoemaker, died when Hans was a child. Painfully frustrated in his own life’s aspirations, Hans’ father demanded his wife promise to help their son become whatever he wanted to be, no matter how silly it was. Hans grew up a dreamy, playful child who loved his toy theatre and frequently improvised songs, stories and puppets. People said that his talents in singing, acting, dancing and drawing would do nothing but hamper him in the pursuit of some rational job such as becoming a tailor, or, like his father, a cobbler. He wanted to be an actor, and the theatre became his favorite place—an odd preoccupation for a boy, but he contended: “I am not like other boys.” People warned him that he was too thin to be an actor. Tall, angular, large hands and feet, a touch of the grotesque hung about him. People called him “Swampplant.” And he was clever— “too clever to live,” someone said of him. The two weavers in this adaptation are two actors, a mother and son; their acting talents come into play as they pretend to weave the “magic” cloth. As they improvise their plot, the hilarious results reveal to the audience, and finally the emperor himself, the extent of the emperor’s self-absorbed vanity.


Director: Daniel Dean Miranda
Adaptation: Max Bush
From the tale by Hans Christian Andersen


Field Trip Pricing: For audiences up to 230

  • $7.00/ticket (One free Chaperone ticket with every 12 tickets purchased).

Discount pricing available for Title 1 Schools

Touring Pricing: For audiences up to 300

  • 1 Performance: $900
  • 2 Performances: $1,350
  • 3 Performances: $1,600

Additional charges may be added if touring location is more than 15 miles from Willow Bend Center of the Arts (located at The Shops at Willow Bend).

Subsidized rates/discounts available based on need and availability of funding. Inquire when booking.

A 25% deposit is required to confirm booking. If the show is canceled, all groups will be issued a full refund. If your group needs to cancel due to a change in COVID protocols, 30-days notice is required to receive a full refund. If given less than 30-days notice, the 25% deposit will not be refunded.

Our Theatre

Willow Bend Center of the Arts
6121 W. Park Blvd. B216
Plano, TX 75093

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We are determined to bring the magic of theatre and the love of reading to children from all walks of life. With access to our programming, children in underprivileged communities will be freed from the limits placed on them by poverty. We welcome you to join us in bringing the performing arts to DFW Title 1 schools, inner-city organizations, and family shelters.
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