(An adaptation for pre-high school
students) This charming musical production tells of a young prince
who wishes to marry a princess. His over-bearing mother, the Queen, is
quite emphatic when she insists she must find a real princess for her
son. The Queen devises tests which the beautiful young princesses must
pass in order to be eligible to marry her son. Of course, the queen
makes the tests impossible to pass—almost.
Megan Canchola, as Winnifred, sings
beautifully, dances with acrobatic vitality, and is determined to pass
the Queen mother’s test. Olivia Moffat, as the Queen, bosses and yells
commandingly, and sings with a clear, strong voice. Dauntless, the
hapless prince, played by Carson Sloan, dances and sings to everyone’s
delight, and finally stands up to his mother!
Jester, Phoebe Mastro and Minstrel,
Evan Tiegland, in their perfect costumes, sing their parts charmingly
with personality. Brooke Blatnick, the Wizard, is daring and impish, as
good Wizards should be. Sir Harry, Mason Santa Catalina, is strong as
the knight in shining armor, yet tender with Lady Larken, Claire Quillen,
the fair maiden he loves.
The costumes and sets were all of
the stuff of kings and queens, but special mention must be made of the
mattresses, for after all, the play is “Once Upon a Mattress.” Rick
Moffat, Set Construction, made this breath-taking scene such fun.
Without giving away what happens on the mattresses, let me tell you the
mattresses reach the ceiling! Yet, the heartless Queen orders Princess
Winnifred, Megan Canchola, to climb up and sleep!
“Once Upon a Mattress,” is delightful from start to
finish. There are two different casts for this show. Some of the
actors are in both shows. Given the talent of the director, Josh
Harper, and Vocal Director, Jessica Conley-Magee, which ever cast makes
this show sing, it will be another entertaining time at the Rocklin