Watkins to present 'Once Upon a Mattress'
WATKINS GLEN--The Watkins Glen Class of 2019 will present the comedic musical, "Once Upon a Mattress," March 29-31 at the Watkins Glen high school auditorium.
"Once Upon a Mattress" will run Friday, March 29, and Saturday, March 30, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, March 31, at 2:30 p.m.
In all, over 20 students from seventh to 12th grades have been rehearsing since January, immersing themselves in the funny musical take on Hans Christian Andersen's "The Princess and the Pea." Memorable songs include "Shy," "Yesterday I Loved You," "Song of Love," "Normandy," and "Very Soft Shoes."
Michelle and Tim Benjamin of Montour Falls are directing, with Sarah Matthews as Music Director. Costume Director is Tammy Cole, and Choreographers include Michelle Benjamin, student Grace Wickham, and alum Kelsey Johnson.
Scott Brubaker narrates the story as Princess Winnifred--played by Maria Brubaker--arrives to win the hand of Prince Dauntless, played by Jack Muir. Twelve princesses have come and gone, unable to pass the impossible tests cooked up by Queen Aggravain, played by Grace Wickham, and the Wizard, played by Douglas DiGregorio. Meanwhile, the King, played by H Nathaniel Rose, is silent due to a curse, and the Jester, played by Nate Farnsworth, is sad. No one can get married until the prince does, so Sir Harry, played by Wyatt Brower, sought out Winnifred hoping for a match, which will then allow him to marry Lady Larken, played by Iris Elaina Rodriguez. Other featured performers include Kelsey Kernan, Sarah Schaffner, Sarai Wynkoop, Anya Simpson, Melanie Wysocki, Elliott Holland, Ashlyn Karius, Caitlyn Davis, Kayla Wood, Emma Tanner, Katharine Larson, Abby Lees and Ann Roney.
The pit band includes Tom Bloodgood, Lou Cicconi, Pam Cicconi, Bernie Riley, Sam Riley and Kim Laursen, along with Sarah Matthews.
The producer is Sam Brubaker, and the show is presented by the Watkins Glen High School Class of 2019, in cooperation with Rodgers and Hammerstein Theatricals.
Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens and students, $5 for children age 5-10, and will be available at the door.
For more information, call 607-535-8950.