SYRACUSE — Singing, dancing, joking and music will mark the spring theater production at Wawasee High School. “Once Upon a Mattress” will be presented at 7 p.m. Friday, March 18, and Saturday, March 19, in the high school auditorium in Syracuse.
“Once Upon a Mattress” is a musical comedy written as an adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale “The Princess and the Pea.”
It originally opened off Broadway in 1959, but later moved to Broadway and became a famous show. Well known actress and TV personality Carol Burnett made her Broadway stage debut in “Once Upon a Mattress” and originated the role of Princess Winnifred, played by Laura Stump in the Wawasee production.
The Wawasee show will include knights, ladies in waiting, a princess, prince, jester, queen, wizard and others. Auditions took place in January and the cast and crew have been hard at work since then learning blocking, dancing, singing, building a castle on stage (with a moat), in addition to memorizing lines.
Finishing their thespian careers at Wawasee are seniors Ethan Zhou, Justin Winkleman, Charles Impey, Jailene Ortiz, Valerie Ortiz and Allyson Weaver. Lead characters include juniors Stump (as Princess Winnifred), Rhett Coblentz (Prince Dauntless), Ethan Wright (Sir Harry) and Alexandra Fiscus (Lady Larken).
Other cast members include Kara Schrock, Jade Davidson (also a student director), Mercedes Winkleman, Jade Grady, Genevieve Cierpilowski, Lacey Helfers, Jessica O’Connell, Amanda Foy, Gabby Fiscus (also a student director), Jonas Clayton, Becca Bender, Maddy Bradley, Destiny Howard, Chris Flora, Alexandra DeLaughter, Gynnae Hochstetler, Katie Mallory, Laurana Perry and McKenzie Hershberger.
For reserved seats or ticket information, call the WHS office at (574) 457-3147, or email Cyndi Thornburg at [email protected]