By ROBERT S. MERRILL
DAYTON – Some 24 West Side High School students will perform the musical, “Once Upon a Mattress,” on March 27-29 at the Dahle Performing Arts Center in Dayton.
The three-day production will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets can also be purchased at the door for $7 for adults and $5 for students. Monies raised from the production will be placed into an account to help with costs of next year’s musical, said officials.
“‘Once Upon a Mattress’ tells the story of the Princess and the Pea where Queen Aggravane (Abbi Nielsen) takes every action necessary to keep her son, Dauntless (Connor Waldron), from marrying until Princess Winnifred of the swamp (Andrea Thornley) wins the affection of the prince and tries to pass a ridiculous sleeping test created by the queen,” said new music director Nate Woodward.
Woodward took the position at West Side High and middle school held previously by Jaron Packer.
“Come and laugh as the Minstrel (Jacob Swenson), the Jester (Thomas Hornberger) and the mute King (Adam Mann) try to help rig the test for Winnifred to pass so that Prince Harry (AJ Frankman) and Lady Larkin (Kendrick Creager) can finally marry,” said Woodward.
Woodward, in an effort to involve as many students as possible with the experience, is bringing the help of his drama class to assist in the technical theater aspects of the show.
“Some of those aspects include set building, painting, lighting and time-period research,” said Woodward.
“The more students we can involve not only builds the program for future shows, but brings a sense of unity among classmates. It’s a common sense of pride that they work together and create something worth seeing.”
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