“Once Upon a Mattress” opens Oct. 5
The story of a princess and her uncomfortable night’s sleep will have audience members laughing as they enjoy the musical comedy “Once Upon a Mattress” at Sterling College Oct. 5-8, 2017. With Prince Dauntless wanting to marry a princess, but his queen mother making things difficult by constructing unreasonable tests for the princesses, it will take an unusual princess to fit the task. Luckily, Princess Winnifred is an unusual princess. The musical, directed by Assistant Professor of Music Mark Clark, will begin at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, with a matinee at 2 p.m. on Sunday.
“The audience is going to love ‘Once Upon a Mattress,’ with its comedy and wonderful music,” said Mark Clark, director and assistant professor of music. “The cast is made up of some old favorites as well as some new faces making their debut on the SC stage. They have been working very hard the last few weeks to put the show together. Their time and dedication is sure to produce a Homecoming musical that all will enjoy.”
Tickets are available at sterling.edu/homecoming and at the box office on show nights, beginning at 7 p.m. Prices are $10 for adults and $5 for students, children and seniors. Seating is reserved, and doors will open at 7:30 p.m.
The music for “Once Upon a Mattress” was written by Mary Rodgers, the book by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller and Marshall Barer, and lyrics by Barer.
Sterling College students in the cast include: Alyssa Hershey of Wichita, Kansas, as Princess Winnifred; Micah Black of McPherson, Kansas, as Prince Dauntless; Mishelle Kulick of Lake Elsinore, California, as Queen Aggravain; Seth Rogers of Haysville, Kansas, as King Sextimus the Silent; Alexis Engelken of Wamego, Kansas, as Lady Larken; Isaac Pena of Dodge City, Kansas, as Sir Harry; Preston Nichols of Sterling, Kansas, as Minstrel; Jack Jones of Overland Park, Kansas, as Jester; Bobby Foster of Sterling, Kansas, as Wizard; Jo Jo Maxwell of Corona, California, as Lady Rowena; Elle Crook of Piedmont, Kansas, as Lady Merrill; Becca Knauss of Abilene, Kansas, as Lady Lucille; Keith Erichsen of Garden City, Kansas, as Sir Studley; Jack Worrell of Haysville, Kansas, as Sir Luce; and Patrick Chuzel of Corona, California, as Sir Arrogant.
Other knights include: Will Dutton of Sterling, Kansas; Jon Harding of Washington, Kansas, also playing Sir Harold and Prince in Pantomime; Landon Rhoadarmer of Clearwater, Kansas; Jesse Sheppard of Fort Collins, Colorado; Matt Scharff of Tonganoxie, Kansas; and Micah Watney of Sterling, Kansas.
The ladies in waiting include: Kassidy Brandt of Eureka, Kansas, also playing a wench; Sydney Bush of Halstead, Kansas, also playing a wench; Kenzie Galloway of Sedgwick, Kansas, as Princess Number 12 and a wench; Samantha Jarvis of Corona, California; Kyra McGuire of Wichita, Kansas, also playing Nightingale of Smarkand; Katie O’Brien of Upland, California, playing Lady Beatrice and Queen in Pantomime; Lindy Smith of Sharon Springs, Kansas, playing Lady Maybelle; and Becca Winsky of Salina, Kansas, playing a wench and Princess in Pantomime.