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Posted: Wednesday, April 15, 2009 4:26 pm | Updated: 2:28 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

You've never seen "The Emperor's New Clothes" like this before.

The image-obsessed monarch's story is set not in Hans Christian Andersen's Europe but on a lush Caribbean isle in Stageworks theater company's production of the classic fairy tale, opening Friday at Mesa Arts Center.

And the emperor is an empress.

The family-friendly show will play at the center's Nesbitt/Elliot Playhouse through May 3, and there are two ways to get a deal on the normally $14-$17.50 tickets: Buy a four-pack of tickets for just $20 (good for any show), or attend the 2 p.m. Saturday show, where kids get in for just a buck when an adult pays full price.

Ask for the deals in person at the box office, and you'll avoid per-ticket service fees. But act fast; box office reps say those tickets are going fast.

"The Emperor's New Clothes" features Caribbean, calypso, reggae and ska style music. Book and lyrics are by award-winning Cleveland-area playwright Eric Coble.

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