Nine O’Clock Players Bring Love of Theater to Kids

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Judy Claverie and Andrea Sacoone star in the Nine O’Clock Players production of the world premiere musical adaptation of “The Emperor’s New Clothes.”

Judy Claverie and Andrea Sacoone star in the Nine O’Clock Players production of the world premiere musical adaptation of “The Emperor’s New Clothes.”

For 85 years, the Nine O’Clock Players have presented entertaining theatrical productions for families and schoolchildren that demonstrate the magic and joy of live presentations to kids who have never set foot in a theatre before.

The Nine O’Clock Players earned its name when originally presenting musical revues and presentations for their friends and spouses at 9 p.m., before switching over to musical adaptations of classic fairy tales aimed at children. They proudly continue the tradition of providing culturally rewarding presentations that educate and entertain kids of all ages.

Twice a year, the Nine O’Clock Players present lively presentations of classic children’s literature filled with singing, dancing, and special effects. These productions feature beautiful costumes, elaborate sets and props, and elegant production values that enthrall kids, while also sharing a sophisticated edge for adults. The cast even greets and meets the audience after weekend performances.

One of the joys of the group is providing free performances for economically and physically challenged schoolchildren throughout the Los Angeles area. Twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays, the group provides bus transportation and admission free of charge to these children, who leave the theatre smiling and happy. Seeing the excited kids brings “a smile on your face, a skip in your step,” enthusiastically states member Judy Claverie.

The group also offers productions to school groups as an addition to normal educational curricula, providing discount tickets and free educational kits that enhance each presentation.

This spring, the group is presenting the world premiere musical, The Emperor’s New Clothes, with fourteen songs by Carol Weiss, including “I’m So Lucky to Be Me.” The all-woman volunteer production costs $12 and runs weekends through March 23 at 2 p.m. at the Assistance League Theatre in Hollywood located at 1367 N. St. Andrews Pl.

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