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Hans Christian Anderson's tale of “The Princess and the Pea” was delightfully transformed into the musical “Once Upon A Mattress” by Mary Rodgers, who wrote the music, and Marshall Barer's lyrics — with book by Jay Thompson, Dean Filler and Barer.
Early performances on Broadway by the talented Carol Burnett made this funny musical a permanent part of our theatrical fabric, and theater students from ThunderRidge High School will bring it to their community April 19-21 — a perfect spring treasure. Performances at the High School Theater, 1991 W. Wildcat Reserve Parkway, Highlands Ranch, will be at 7 p.m. April 19-21 and 27-28, with a 1 p.m. matinee on April 28 as well.
Maddy Carpenter will play the feisty Princess Winnifred, with Kevin Howery as her Prince Dauntless; Audrey Nelson, Queen Aggravain; Lauren Roddy, Lady Larken; Nathan Stromberg, Prince Harry; Regan Fenske, the Jester; Ryan Damour, the minstrel; Ethan Pierce, King Sextimus; and Jeffrey, the Wizard.
Readers will probably recall the story of King Sextimus, under a curse of silence, saddled with a nasty-tempered queen, who doesn't want her son to marry and become the King, because she likes being in charge! She sets up impossible tests for candidate princesses, until Winnifred swims across the moat and into their lives …
Tickets cost $10, students and seniors and $12 adults at the door or at seatyourself.biz/trhs
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