Viroqua High School will present their production of “Once Upon a Mattress” at the elementary school cafetorium theater, Nov. 10-12. Showtime is 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 10 and 11, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12.
Tickets, which will be available at the door, are $6 for adults, $5 for senior citizens, and $4 for children and students.
The comedy fairytale/fantasy musical opened off-Broadway in May 1959, and then moved to Broadway. According to Stageagent.com, “Due to an unhappy curse, King Sextimus is unable to speak. Meanwhile, his terror-of-a-wife, Queen Aggravain, has taken over control of the kingdom. Most importantly, in an attempt to keep Prince Dauntless single, she has decreed that only the princess that can pass her test may marry her son. Further, no one else in the kingdom may marry until Prince Dauntless does. Lady Larken and Sir Harry are extremely disturbed by this fact since Lady Larken is now pregnant with Sir Harry’s baby. Luckily, Sir Harry is able to find an amazing princess, Winnifred the Woebegone. She instantly catches the attention of Prince Dauntless, and in the end, is able to pass the Queen’s supposedly impassable sensitivity test. When the Queen still tries to prevent the Prince Dauntless from marrying, he tells her to ‘shut up’ which ends up breaking the curse on the king. Now able to speak, King Sextimus regains his rightful position as leader of the kingdom, and all is well.”
The cast includes Elena Morton as the Minstrel, Corbin Plaggemeyer as the Wizard, Madison Dull as Lady Larken, Thea Sawvell-Hass as Queen Aggravain, Jackson Roels as Prince Dauntless, Anna Dunnum as King Sextimus, Lucy Boisvert as the Jester, Tanner Wileman as Sir Harry, Elizabeth Hoversten as Princess Winnifred, Celeste Voelker as Sir Luce, Caelin Brannan as Sir Donald, Avienda Inman as Sir Michael and Princess No. 12, Jenevieve Getter as Lady Rowena, Corina Corelli as Lady Merrill, Trista Brueggeman as Lady Lucille, Cammie Leer as Lady Mabelle, Abi Wileman as Lady Beatrice, Gracie Mickelsen as Lady Vivian, Evi Haak as Lady Rebecca and Kylie Krahn as Nightingale.
Crew members are stage manager Britany Deaver, lighting tech Sam Urch and stage crew Amara Gratz, Alyssandra Dehlin, Brooks Ekern, Austin Winker, Mia Kind Olsen and Hannah Melsha.
Members of the pit band are Arianna Pratt on percussion, Quenten Schmit on trombone, Olivia Thew on Horn, John Fortney on trumpet, Lincoln Devin on bass clarinet and Andrea Kissling on clarinet.
The following adults from the community are helping with the production: Pam Kalinosky (director), Nathan Randall (assistant director and lighting design), Brad Threw (pit band conductor), Nikki Dull choreographer), Brad Lebakken, Lynn Biddick and Roxi Felde (also rehearsal accompanist) (lead pit band personnel), Deb Deaver (lighting tech) and Stan Weltzin (tech support).