At the age of 13, young Hans Christian Andersen is the first commoner ever chosen by the King of Denmark to study at the Royal Academy. But faced with the task of leaving his provincial family behind, he is dreading the experience. Upon arrival in Copenhagen he is quickly swept away in a dazzling world of new characters, challenges, and friends that ignite his inspiration for some of the world’s most famous stories such as “The Little Mermaid,” “The Ugly Duckling,” “The Emperor’s New Clothes” and more. Directed by Rives Collins and based on the life and imagination of Hans Christian Andersen, this brand new musical, which features a score by legendary Broadway composer Frank Loesser and an original libretto by Timothy Allen McDonald, follows the inspiring coming of age journey of a young penniless storyteller who would ultimately become one of the most celebrated writers of all time. Just as his stories have inspired countless generations, young and old alike, this enchanting summer production is recommended for all ages.