The Weavers by Jonathan Talmadge

A cast of children wearing formal clothing make funny poses and faces.

The Weavers
Center Building Theatre
Mattawan, MI

Comedy/ 30+ Characters, gender neutral, flexible casting/ One Act

Synopsis: As Emperor Coco and her loyal assistant Nadia host Sartoria’s annual fashion show, the renowned Weavers arrive, announcing that they are on vacation and are definitely not available to create clothing from their unique, magic cloth that only the wise can see.

Coco convinces them to make the garments for her anyway. As they work, she sends her staff and cabinet to check the progress. They see nothing, but say that they do. Only Nadia tells the truth, and Coco banishes her in anger.

Nadia teams up with Karski, a member of The Weavers who decides she doesn’t like fooling ordinary people, to stop the Emperor from parading through the city wearing the “magic cloth” that does not exist.

Will they be able to get to Coco in time? Will they be able to convince her of the truth?

Thanks to one honest child in the crowd, Coco and the people of Sartoria learn a valuable lesson about telling the truth — especially when it is hard.

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About the Playwright:┬áJonathan is an accomplished playwright, composer, director, performer, and teacher. He is the lyricist and composer of 14 original musical plays that have been produced in Southwest Michigan. His 12 years of experience directing children’s theatre have taught him exactly what young actors need in a script. Favorite directing credits include: Much Ado About Nothing (Paw Paw Days Uncorks The Arts), All in the Timing (OATC), Richard III (Insurgo Theater Movement), and The Sound of Music (The Warehouse Theatre). Jonathan has performed all over the United States. Acting credits include Man Of La Mancha (Cervantes/ Quixote), Falsettos (Marvin), Much Ado About Nothing (Benedick), and the title role in Cyrano de Bergerac. Most recently, he played Johnny Cantone in The 1940’s Radio Hour at The Kalamazoo Civic. His album, A Father’s Prayer, is available on Spotify and iTunes.

The Weavers was first produced by Opening Act Theatre Company, LLC at Center Building Theatre in Mattawan, MI on December 10th, 2016.