Milford Drama Club to perform 'Once Upon a Mattress' Feb. 27 - March 1

February 3, 2014

Love, deception, enchantments, knights, princesses, jesters, music, and laughter all come together for a magical performance in Milford High School’s upcoming production of the musical "Once Upon a Mattress."

"Once Upon a Mattress" is a parody based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, "The Princess and the Pea."  The story takes place in a medieval kingdom ruled by King Sextimus the Silent (played by T.J. Lajeunesse), who is unable to speak due to a terrible curse, and his devious wife, Queen Aggravain (Abigail Roxby). Queen Aggravain has decreed that Prince Dauntless (Alex Frketic) can marry only a princess who can pass her seemingly impossible test, and that nobody else in the kingdom can marry until Prince Dauntless does. Lady Larken (Amber Davis) and Sir Harry (Jacob Leonard), who very much want to be married, set out to find someone who can pass the test. Will Winnifred (Tara Holstein) be able to pass the test? Will they all live happily ever after?

Director Carissa Meiklejohn says, “I am very excited to be working on 'Once Upon a Mattress.'" I fell in love with it when I saw Sarah Jessica Parker perform a song from it on the Tony Awards years ago. After looking into it, I learned that the role of Winnifred was originated by Carol Burnett, another favorite of mine.”

Other featured student performers include Dayanara Bullock, Emily Carey, Valeria Coverdale, Jessica Creigh, Ethan Dehel, Tyler Dehel, Ciera Emich, Molly Fulton, Shannon Hollingsworth, Desiree Johns, Rhea Lajeunesse, Brandon Morgan, Gabby Romero, Sydney Stump, Mikah Titus, and Alison VanVorst.

2013 Milford High School graduate Jacob Leonard has come back to fill in for the role of Sir Harry after one of the leading males had to back out. He is currently a student at Del Tech, studying to be a teacher.

Performances will be held in the MHS auditorium at 7 p.m., Thursday to Saturday, Feb. 27 to March 1. There will also be a matinee at 1 p.m., Saturday, March 1. Tickets will be available at the door. Adult tickets are $8, seniors and students K-12 $6. A $1 discount will be given to those who bring a ticket stub from the Lions Club spaghetti dinner, 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 1, in the MHS cafeteria.

For more information, contact Producer Erica Snyder at 302-422-1610 or