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MAHS Theatre performs 'Once Upon a Mattress' Nov. 20-22

Princess Winnifred makes her debut at court in this scene from "Once Upon a Mattress," the Morris Area High School fall musical showing this Thursday through Saturday. Photo by Nancy Woodke, Sun Tribune.

The Morris Area High School Theatre program presents "Once Upon a Mattress" this week.

The performances are Nov. 20-21 at 7:30 p.m., and Nov. 22 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., at the MAHS auditorium.

Admission will be charged. Tickets are available at the door.

The musical is directed by Alex and Katie Carlson. The plot synopsis, according to the StageAgent Web site is:

Due to an unhappy curse, King Sextimus is unable to speak. Meanwhile, his terror of a wife, Queen Aggravian, has taken over control of the kingdom. Most importantly, in an attempt to keep Prince Dauntless single, she has decreed that only the princess that can pass her test may marry her son. Further, no one else in the kingdom may marry until Prince Dauntless does.

Lady Larken and Sir Harry are extremely disturbed by this fact since Lady Larken is now pregnant with Sir Harry's baby. Luckily, Sir Harry is able to find an amazing princess, Winnifred the Woebegone. She instantly catches the attention of Prince Dauntless, and in the end, is able to pass the Queen's supposedly impassable sensitivity test.

When the Queen still tries to prevent the Prince Dauntless from marrying, he tells her to 'shut up' which ends up breaking the curse on the king. Now able to speak, King Sextimus regains his rightful position as leader of the kingdom, and all is well.

The MAHS "Once Upon a Mattress" cast is:

Winnifred-Fiona O'Halloran-Johnson; Dauntless-Thomas Roberts; Lady Larken-Annika Kildegaard; Sir Harry-Ray Finzel; Queen Aggravian-Bess Boever; King Sextimus-Jackson Boever; Minstrel-Ashley Karst; Jester-Thomas McPhee; Wizard-Mitch Finzel; Lady Lucille-Johanna Luetmer; Lady Rowena-Jen Buchanan; Lady Merrill-Youngmin Joo; Sir Studley-Matt Cotter; Knight 1-Preston Moser; Knight 2-Otto Kildegaard; Knight 3-James Aronson; Lady Mabelle-Kelsey Mitteness.

The cast also includes:

Darcy Aronson; Emily Varnum; Krista Matthews-Saugstad; Sarah Matthews-Saugstad; Timm Uhlmann; Lucas Weiland; Lauren Kill; Megan Thooft; Rani Bezanson; Laura Korth; April Morales; Olivia Pilarski; Jacob Erickson.

The crew includes:

Stage Manager-Steve Jungst; Vocal Director-John Kleinwolterink; Orchestra Director-Wanda Dagen; Choreographer-Hayley Saccoman; Technical Director-Dave Johnson; Costume Alterations-Adele Cotter.