|Mount Markham to present “Once Upon a Mattress”
Mount Markham Central School District’s all-school musical, “Once Upon a Mattress,” will take the stage on Friday and Saturday, March 6 and 7, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the high school auditorium on Fairground Road, West Winfield.
Tickets are $6 and may be purchased at the show or in advance from any school building office in the district. Senior citizens are invited to a free showing at 6 p.m., Thursday, March 5, during dress rehearsal.
Some cast members in “Once Upon a Mattress” include (from left), front row, Amanda Drake (a court dancer), Maggie Applegate (as Lady Larken), Victoria Gras (as the Minstrel), center; Grace Riker (Queen Agravain), back row: Matt Rasbach (the Wizard), Tanner Michels-McGurk (King Sextimus), and Matt Allen (the Jester).(Photo submitted)
Written by Jay Thompson, Marshall Barer and Dean Fuller—with lyrics by Barer and music by Mary Rodgers—the musical, is a humorous take on the fairy tale, “The Princess and the Pea.”
Queen Aggravain has forbidden anyone in the kingdom to marry until her son, Prince Dauntless, ties the knot, but she continually sabotages his nuptial opportunities with impossible tests for each candidate.
Sir Harry—looking to expedite his own wedding to Lady Larken—brings an unusual candidate for the prince: swamp princess Winnifred the Woebegone. The prince is captivated. As the queen schemes to botch this match, Sir Harry and others lend a hand to help Winnifred past the test and win the prince.
The cast includes Andrea Wrobel as Winnifred, Connor Barrett as Prince Dauntless, Grace Riker and Alyssa Lupinski in alternating roles as Queen Agravain and Princess No. 12, Joseph McGurk as Sir Harry, Margaret Applegate as Lady Larken, Tanner Michels-McGurk as King Sextimus the Silent, Victoria Gras as the Minstrel, Matthew Allen as the Jester, and Matt Rasbach as the Wizard. Margot Rankins-Burd, Peter Hanley and Amanda Drake are the court dancers.
Susan Carney directs the overall performance. Alyssa Bouthillier is music director and Karen Drake, the choreographer.