Bear River stages ‘Once Upon a Mattress’
November 12, 2013
The students of Bear River High School Dramatics will present “Once Upon a Mattress,” beginning Thursday (Nov. 7). Performances will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Nov. 14, 15 and 16. There will also be a 2 p.m. matinée Nov. 16 only. Performances will be presented in the 400-seat BRHS Community Performing Arts Theater. Tickets for this event are $10 per person. The show is fast-paced and filled with fun fantasy-based characters and songs sure to entertain elementary-age students.
“Once Upon a Mattress” is based upon the folktale “The Princess and the Pea” made famous by Hans Christian Anderson, but the minstrel storyteller lets us know from the start that was not the real story; he knows because he was there. When the minstrel tells the story it goes more like this … Due to an unhappy curse, the king is unable to speak. Meanwhile, his wife, Queen Aggravian, has taken over control of the kingdom. In an attempt to keep her son, Prince Dauntless, single, she has decreed that only the princess who 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 they’ve just discovered Lady Larken is now expecting Sir Harry’s baby. Luckily, Sir Harry is able to find an amazing princess, Winnifred the Woebegone, and bring her to the castle. Her personality and energy instantly catch the attention of Prince Dauntless, but Winnifred must pass the Queen’s impassable sensitivity test of sensing a tiny pea under 20 soft, downy mattresses before she can win Dauntless’ hand.
This program showcases the talents of more than 35 BRHS cast and crew members. Throughout the show, the characters present many timeless songs such as “Shy,” “Happily Ever After,” “The Song of Love” and “The Swamps of Home.”
Call the ticket hotline 530-268-3700, ext. 4616, to reserve tickets or buy them at the door.