Grab the picnic basket, a blanket and the kids for an outdoor excursion with Express Children’s Theatre. The company, which delivers 250 performances per year at schools and community-based locations around the greater Houston area, is making a one-day appearance to present its modern-day adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’sThe Emperor’s New Clothes. In this version, an adolescent Tejano star learns about fame the hard way when he agrees to wear a bizarre new wardrobe in this new bilingual musical adaptation. Expect contemporary nuances like YouTube, teen singing sensations and talent agents peppered throughout the show. The family-friendly production features live music and singing from a multicultural cast. “We mix it up because this is what families look like,” says Executive Director Tim Fried-Fiori. “Houston is so international, and families are so blended, that we want kids to see themselves represented onstage.” As with all great fairy tales, there’s a moral to embrace. “The story really is about authenticity, and that never goes out of style,” said Fried-Fiori. 11 a.m. Tuesday. Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Hermann Park. For information, call 281-373-3386 or visit milleroutdoortheatre.com. Free.
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