The Princess and the Pea Comes to Holston High School

A group of teenage students are on a stage singing and dancing in a musical.The Holston High School Chorus and Student Body are very pleased to present “Once Upon a Mattress”. This delightful musical is a spoof on the old fairy tale of The Princess and the Pea.  It will be presented on Friday and Saturday, April 17th and 18th, at 7:00 PM both nights in the HHS Auditorium.  Admission is $5.00 for adults and $4.00 for students and senior citizens.  Preschoolers are free.

The play begins with our medieval minstrel singing the story as most of us know it. We are then told it is not quite the way that things actually happened, and the story progresses from there. Characters include an overbearing Queen, who is determined that no Princess is going to be good enough for her darling boy. There is a mute king (who cannot speak because of a spell cast on him). The conflict arises because of a law that states no one may marry until the Prince gets married. Naturally, the whole royal court is very anxious to find a suitable Princess, so that they also may get married. Enter Princess Winnifred, whom everyone likes, except the Queen. How the story unfolds from there is something you will not want to miss!

The delightful songs in this musical were written by Mary Rodgers, who is the daughter of Richard Rodgers, of Rodgers and Hammerstein fame. Carol Burnett had the lead role of Winnifred when the play opened on Broadway, and the role is what helped lead to her stardom. Our Winnifred is Ashelyn W., with Jake J. as Prince Dauntless, Mary R. as Queen Aggravain, and Nick W. as King Sextimus. Other leads include Megan B. as Lady Larken, Michael J. as Sir Harry, Chandler L. as the Jester, Summer S. as the Minstrel, and Takoda C. as the Wizard. Please come and help fill up our auditorium for these hardworking and talented students. Tickets will be available soon from Chorus and Cast members.

Contact Person: 
Suzanne Spirup