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CHS musical ‘Once Upon a Mattress’ starts Friday

Creston High School to perform musical take on fairy tale

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013 10:48 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013 12:51 p.m. CDT
Annette Reasoner, CHS senior, pumps her fist after answering a quiz question right during a rehearsal Monday for the high school's 2013 musical "Once Upon a Mattress."

Hear ye, hear ye.

Creston High School will host “Once Upon a Mattress,” the school’s musical directed by Jane Warner, vocal music instructor.

“Once Upon a Mattress” is a grown-up twist on the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale “The Princess and the Pea.” The musical follows a talkative, controlling queen and mute king of a land where a law has been passed that nobody is allowed to marry until the prince does.

The queen quizzes the princesses vying for the prince’s heart, until Princess Winterford finally passes the test.

However, she is not the queen’s most elegant choice.

“The reason we picked this musical was it’s uniquely suited for our cast,” said Warner. “You try and choose a musical that has voice parts that would show off the type of voices that you have. I was looking for musicals, but this was a musical that Deb Fisher (Creston Middle School band instructor) had chosen for them this year. ... It just fits their voices and personalities very well.”

The cast consists of Maxx Walters as King, Madison Travis as Queen, Ben Mullin as Prince and Ryan Vasquez as Princess Winterford.

Other characters include RaeAnne Hopkins as Lady Larkin, Tyler Peters as Sir Harry, Maya Struhar as Jester and David Qualseth as Wizard.

“It’s rare in small town southwest Iowa to get to see truly entertaining live theatre. You will laugh and will have fun. It’s a great show,” Warner said.

A pit orchestra made up of community musicians will be conducted by Elaine Fargo. Adonica Struhar of Spotlight Dance and Melissa Crook, coach of Southwestern Community College’s dance team, set up choreography.

Craig Began, Creston Middle School band director, will be covering lights, and Jeff Norman will be covering sound.

The set was built by AJ Warner, Rick Fehrle and Joe Anson. Parents of high school students also volunteered their time setting up the performance.

“I think the group is going to do really good because we’ve been working a lot more than we have in the past, I think,” said Walters. “It’s a fun musical, I would say. I think the choreography and the dancing and stuff makes it funner, and the humor in the play makes it funnier.”

The curtains will open 7 p.m. Friday, 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday for the two-hour performance. Tickets are $7 for advanced reserved tickets, available at CHS office, and $5 at the door.

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