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Lilly Theater

  • Family-Friendly Live Entertainment at Its Best
    Family-Friendly Live Entertainment at Its Best
    All ages will be delighted by fun, dramatic tales brought to life with scenery, costumes, and an energetic cast and crew.
Lilly Theater

Live Performances to Inspire and Engage

Fantasy, comedy, colorful costumes, and imaginative scenery come together in plays designed for all ages. Experience familiar and surprising stories brought to life. Stick around after the show to meet the cast.

Free with museum admission. Tickets available on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 10 a.m. at the Lower Level ticket booth. Members can reserve tickets in advance online or by calling 317-334-4000. Day-of tickets are available only at the Lower Level Ticket Booth.

Located on the Lower Level.

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The Emperor’s New Clothes: A Musical Comedy

June 23–Aug. 2, 2015
Tuesday through Sunday at 1 and 3 p.m.
ASL-interpreted performance Aug. 1, 1 p.m.
45 minutes; ages 5 and up

You and your family will love this Caribbean musical adaptation of the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale! It’s a big day on the tiny island of Little Iguana: it’s young Jasmin’s birthday. Her wish is to spend the day making sand castles and to try on the beautiful sash her father bought for her. But the Emperor sets all the fashion standards and poor Jasmin’s big day doesn’t stand a chance against the thrills of the runway. Then a “magic” tailor swims ashore and he has his own ideas for a clothing line. This charming version features songs in Caribbean calypso, reggae, and ska styles, which all help to make the point that clothes don’t make the human!

Book and lyrics by Eric Coble.
Music and additional lyrics by Kenneth Kacmar and Bill Hoffman.