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Saranac Lake HS to deliver the tale of “Once Upon a Mattress”

— Students at Saranac Lake High School will bring the beloved children’s tale the of a princess and her slumber on a pea in the tale of Once Upon a Mattress to the stage.

The story is an adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale The Princess and the Pea with music by Mary Rodgers, lyrics by Marshall Barer and book by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller, and Marshall Barer.

Performances will be on March 14, 15 and 16 at 7:30 p.m. in the Saranac Lake High School auditorium, 79 Canaras Ave.

The play is directed by Matt Sorensen, with music direction by Drew Benware, choreography by Katy Van Anden & Gabrielle Patnode and costume design by Kent Streed.

If you thought you knew the story of 'The Princess and The Pea,' you may be in for a surprise. For instance, Princess Winnifred actually swam the moat to reach Prince Dauntless the Drab. Or that Lady Larken's love for Sir Harry provided a rather compelling reason that she reach the bridal altar post haste? Or, in fact, it wasn't the pea at all that caused the princess a sleepless night? Carried on a wave of songs, by turns hilarious and raucous, romantic and melodic, this rollicking spin on the familiar classic of royal courtship and comeuppance provides for some side-splitting shenanigans. Chances are audience members will never look at fairy tales quite the same way again.

The cast consists of 50 SLHS student performers; Lyle Baillargeon, Selena Baillargeon, Elena Beideck, Natalina Bevilacqua, Naomi Brandt, Autumn Buerkett, Michael Burpoe, Connor Celeste, Kimberly Collins, Michael Cross, Kasey Cunningham, Peter Curtis, Julia DeTar, Caroline Dodd, Elsa Evans Kummer, Gina Fiorile, Chandler Gach, Corinne Gambicurta, Hudson Gray, Louisa Hameline, Justina Hewitt, Ivy Huber, Olivia Hunt, Anna Izzo, Jessica Kemp, Abbi Kirollos, Laura Kleist, Kaitlin Lawless, Autumn LeFebvre, Camryn Lieb, Anna Mader, Nick Mann, Sam Martin, Emma Miller, Ellen Miner, Michael Monroe, Chas Morgan, Kevin Morgan, Ryan Murray, Evan Olsen, Sean Orman, Sarah Parker, Gabrielle Patnode, Haakon Pederson, Maeve Peer, Mikayla Ploof, Olivia Pridell, Vanessa Salamy, Dominique Santiago, Sasha Van Cott.

Tickets are $10 for Adults and $7 for Students. For reservations, call the SLHS Music Office, 897-1473 and leave a message for Drew Benware.

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