Can a princess be so sensitive that she can feel a single pea beneath a huge pile of 20 mattresses? That is the question which the Wyoming Seminary Players will explore in their performance of the hilarious Broadway hit musical “Once Upon A Mattress.”
The production will be presented at Sem’s Kirby Center for Creative Arts, 260 N. Sprague Ave., Kingston, on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 4 and 5 at 7:30 p. m. and Sunday, Nov. 6 at 2:00 p. m. The production is open to the public. Tickets are $4 in advance and $5 at the door.
“Once Upon A Mattress,” based on the Hans Christian Anderson fable “The Princess and the Pea,” was written by composer Mary Rodgers, lyricist and co-author Marshall Barer, and co-authors Jay Thompson and Dean Fuller in 1958, while the group was working with young actors at the summer stock Tamiment Playhouse in the Poconos. The writers designed the musical’s roles specifically for the actors who were available, and the show’s endearing characters, catchy tunes and innocent, funny story have made it a hit on Broadway and with numerous professional, amateur and school theater companies for almost 60 years.
Songs such as “Shy” and “Happily Ever After” are among the many reasons for the show’s popularity and longevity, said Jason Sherry, Sem theater director. “This show has such a great score, and every song is lighthearted and fun, with a little wink of irony,” he says. “Although the show has its share of stock characters, Princess Winnifred is a good, unpretentious role model, and she is everything you don’t expect from a fairy tale princess.”
This production is part of Wyoming Seminary’s 2016-17 Fine and Performing Arts Series. For more information call 570-270-2192.