'Once Upon a Mattress' plays this weekend at MCS

By Brian Sweeney
Margaretville Central School Scitamard Society Presents “Once Upon a Mattress” on Friday and Saturday, May 4 and 5 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium.

The MCS version of the play stars Sarah Fairbairn as Princess Winnifred, Caleb Todd as Prince Dauntless, Alexis Molnar as Queen Aggravain, James Warner as King Sextimus the Silent, Rhiannon Kearns as Lady Larken, Garrett Johnson as Sir Harry, Erin Filupeit as the Minstrel, Sarah Hagakore as the Jester and Julian Rauter as the Wizard. 

The cast also includes Belle Bourke, Jessica Camano, Mirasol Camano, Ben Fairbairn, Shannon Fairbairn, Tyler Hubbell, Danielle Hull, Hailee Hunter, Elizabeth Johnson, Erica Johnson, Cora Martin, Sabrina Mauro, Alana Moskowitz, Ithay Silva, Pauline Sealtiel and Elia Tanzer.
Amie Brockway is the play’s director. Musical directors are Richard Tucker and Cassandra Olin. Assisting with the production are Laura Battelani, Richard Genaro, Eloise Harris, Katherine Horn and Michele Dietz.

The play is based upon the book by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller and Marshall Barer. Music for “Once
Upon a Mattress” is by Mary Rodgers and lyrics are by Marshall Barer.

If you thought you knew the story of “The Princess and The Pea,” you may be in for a walloping surprise, according to one of the show’s musical directors Cassandra Olin.
Did you know, for instance, that 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 for her to reach the bridal altar post haste? Or that, in fact, it wasn’t the pea at all that caused the princess a sleepless night?

Carried on a wave of wonderful songs, by turns hilarious and raucous, romantic and melodic, this rollicking spin on the familiar classic of royal courtship and comeuppance provides for some sidesplitting shenanigans. Chances are you’ll never look at fairy tales quite the same way again, Ms. Olin noted.

For a show overview from R&H Theatricals, please visit www.rnh.com:
Tickets are $7 for adults and $6 for students/senior citizens. Tickets are on sale now by contacting Cassandra Olin by phone: 845 586-2647, ext. 72 or e-mail: colin@margaretvillecs.org