answers will be found at the Hartem High School musical, “Once
Upon A Mattress,” playing this Friday and Saturday night.
Time is 8 p.m. on both nights, and tickets are $5 for
adults and $4 for students from kindergarden through 12th grade.
Children under 5 are free.
musical is based on the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale of the
princess and the pea, but with many amusing complications, such as
a princess named Fred, an overbearing queen, a king who has lost
his power of speech, a knight and lady in a quandary, as well as a
jester, a wizard, a minstrel and assorted lords and ladies.
[Cast members of
“Once Upon A Mattress,” Hartem High School’s spring
musical, end a scene in Act I with a pyramid of lords and ladies,
and Princess Winnifred (Ginny Sparks) perched on top.]
costumes with plenty of gold and silver were rented, borrowed and
even made by some of the cast members’ friends and families,
according to Rachell Hall, director.
Jennifer Sydney of Lincoln, a student at Lincoln College,
is directing the choreography.
cast has been rehearsing for the past eight weeks, “morning,
noon and night,” Hall said, and they recently presented Act I of
the show to an audience of enthusiastic elementary students.
cast includes Leann Alberts as the minstrel, Vanessa Watson as
princess #12, Carrie Rayburn as the wizard, Kent Leesman as Sir
Harry, Katie Klokkenga as Lady Larken, Amber Post as Queen
Aggravain, Larry Jones as Prince Dauntless, Ginny Sparks as
Princess Winnifred, Nathan Reinhard as King Sextimus and Mark
Leesman as the jester.
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in the cast are Brian Boerma, Shane Westen, Ryan Anderson, Anthony
Jones, Karyn Traum, Amy Luken, Nichole Coers, Angie Ballance,
Sarah Struebing, Jaci Cross, Jean Ann Cross, Stellakay Donaldson,
Natalie Coers, Ashley Luken, Alexis Wenninger, Brooke Detmers,
Sarah Harrington and Danielle Bergman.
12th princess (Vanessa Watson) fails the test given by the wizard
(Carrie Rayburn), while the royal family, King Sextimus (Nathan
Reinhart), Queen Aggravain (Amber Post), Prince Dauntless (Larry
Jones) and Sir Harry (Kent Leesman), look on.]
members providing the music include students Brandon Wibben, Brian
Baker, Rachel Wrage, Aaron Folkman and Monica Proefrock.
Music instructor Jeff Neavor is directing the orchestra,
which has the assistance of faculty members Don Helm, Jayna
Simmerman and Rachel Hall.
may be purchased at the door.
For those who want to support the Hartem Music Boosters at
a higher level, Friend tickets are available at $15 each, Patrons
may purchase two tickets for $25, Sponsors may purchase three at
$50 and Angels may buy four tickets for $100.
All contributions help the school to present musicals and
other drama productions.