Nigel Hall as “Emperor Marcus III”
Last role at Casa: “Theo” in Twas the Night Before Christmas
Hometown: Wichita, Kansas
Favorite role ever played: “Donkey” in Shrek: The Musical
How would you describe your character? “Emperor Marcus III” is the protagonist of this musical. He’s meek, but intelligent, and just wants to live up to his family name.
What is the message you hope children will learn from this show? Never be afraid to be yourself. Embrace your individuality!
David Coffee as the “Swindler”
Last role at Casa: “Horace Vandergelder” in Hello, Dolly!
Hometown: Born in Fort Worth, Texas and raised in Arlington, Texas
Favorite role ever played: “Scrooge” in A Christmas Carol
How would you describe your character? The “Swindler” is the villain of the piece.
What is the message you hope children will learn from this show? Be proud to be yourself; and anyone can be friends.
Mark Quach as “Arno”
Last role at Casa: I was in Twas The Night Before Christmas. I played multiple roles, but my favorite was “Chestnut the Elf”!
Hometown: Born in Mason City, Iowa, but raised in Texas. Rowlett, more specifically.
Favorite role ever played: This is such a hard question, because there are so many. I think my absolute favorite is “William Barfee” in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Such a fun role to play! I had an absolute blast wiggling that magic foot around!
How would you describe your character? “Arno” is such a character! He is the royal scrub boy, with an incredible imagination. Though he absolutely has no filter and speaks whatever comes to his mind, his heart is in the right place. He’s extremely empathetic, and strives every chance to make a new friend. He’s so darling!
What is the message you hope children will learn from this show? I really hope that kids will have the confidence to know that they are absolutely great the way they are. It’s okay to live in your truth and you don’t have to be like another person to be great!
Cara Serber as “Deena”
Last role at Casa: Jekyll and Hyde in the Ensemble
Hometown: Originally from Wichita, Kansas. I have been in Dallas-Fort Worth for almost 20 years.
Favorite role ever played: “Velma” in Hairspray. I have played it twice. The first time was at Casa in 2011.
How would you describe your character? “Deena” is the mothering character; she is very independent and proud of her role as the Royal Clothesmaker.
What is the message you hope children will learn from this show? I hope children will see that it’s not what’s on the outside that matters. Our hearts and our kindness to others is what makes us beautiful people.
Get your tickets to The Emperor’s New Clothes, playing February 1-17, here.