Nov. 20-22: U-Prep’s ‘Once Upon a Mattress’

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University Preparatory Theater Arts Program is proud to present live in the David Marr Auditorium, “Once Upon A Mattress” The musical will take place Nov. 20, 21 & 22. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. for all performances and the show starts at 7 p.m. Admission: Adults $10 and students $5. Tickets are available in advance at the U-Prep office Village Schoolhouse Toy Store, Sugarplum Cottage Toy Store or at the door the night of the show.

The show has a cast of 42 students ranging from 6th grade to 12th grade. Directed by M. Romney Clements with music by Brad Fowers and choreography by Marissa Kinneavy.

ONCE UPON A MATTRESS is the hilarious musical story of romance in a fantasy kingdom. Queen Aggravain jealously protects her son Prince Dauntless from marrying any eligible princess, and will not allow anyone else in the kingdom to wed until her son does. When Sir Harry and Lady Larken learn they are to become parents, wed or not, Sir Harry takes matters into his own hands and goes into the swamp to search for a bride for the prince. There he discovers Princess Winnifred. The Queen is horrified and schemes to get rid of Princess “Fred,” but aided by Sir Harry and the Jester, Winnifred stakes her place in the kingdom.

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2 Responses

  1. Avatar Dave Tanner says:

    This is going to be a great show! The talented performers, the costumes, the sets…for the price of a night at the movies you and your family can experience some great quality entertainment and support our local kids. What's not to like?

  2. Valerie Ing-Miller Valerie Ing-Miller says:

    The show was amazing! And I'm not just saying that because my child was in the chorus. As a mother, I felt like I should always try to keep my eyes pinned on her, but the cast was so amazing that I kept getting drawn into the actual play instead of watching my sweet girl.

    Queen Aggravain was amazing from the top of her head to the tips of her fingers – really. I want her wig when she's done with it, and she's performing with an injured hand from getting her finger caught in a door during dress rehearsal. But her delivery was hilarious. Lady Larkin was full of spunk and reminds me of me in high school. This play is worth seeing if only for the performance of these two amazing, spirited, comedic actresses. Sir Harry had the greatest facial expressions I've seen in a long time, the Prince did a fabulous job pouting and throwing tantrums, and the mute King was adorable. I could go on…but then this might start to sound like a shameless plug. Loni Anderson was there to cheer on the cast, hope to see you there cheering them on tonight and tomorrow! Over and out.