Thursday, January 16, 2020

The Relevance of Childhood Fables and Stories - The Emperor's New Clothes


How many remember the bedtime stories you listened to while growing up?  

I vividly remember a few including The Three Little Pigs and The Emperor’s New Clothes.  Both of these teach life long lessons that have laid foundations for me, personally.  Perhaps both my profession as a Realtor and marriage to an engineer have solidified the importance of building a strong foundation to whatever one does.  We all know that the house of bricks or strength will hold up the longest against evil forces.  I see this everyday when I look at properties for sale in my market place.  The solid homes sell for close to asking price and the ones with cut corners often end up costing more in the long run.

Likewise, Truth Matters.  Over the past few months I have been actively involved in producing an original musical/version of The Emperor’s New Clothes conceived and written by Temple members Gil and Margie Brodsky.  The story loosely based on the Hans Christian Anderson tale has contemporary music and flare.   Although it does parallel our geo-politics today, in many ways, the intent of the show is to be neutral and share a universal message of the importance of truth and community.  The show is comprised of Temple members aging from 7 to 80 years old and the focus has been to build a strong sense of our local community.

In this production, we learn that even a “Little White Lie” can backfire.  A narcistic leader who only looks out for himself often hurts the well -being of those surrounding him.  This story is quite relevant today as we see more and more such leaders surrounded by “swindlers” as has been coming out in the recent news-cycles.  Only when the relevant truth comes out through checks and balances can the community achieve its needs.  

The show I am producing is quite entertaining and gives a new perspective on this theme.  I am usually behind the scenes but will have a small role in this production as "Business Person #1".  The show is great for audiences of all ages and I invite you to bring children and /or grandchildren. Perhaps the show will lay a moral foundation for their future character.   For more information or to order tickets click here.

Wendy is a Realtor with Coldwell Banker Needham. She enjoys reading, writing, travel, walking her dog and in her free time she is involved with local community theater.  When seeking your castle please visit her website at