Once Upon a Mattress

Posted on Mar 14 by SEASONS Magazine

Annie Orwig and Ben Watkins in Once Upon a Mattress, courtesy photo.

Annie Orwig and Ben Watkins in Once Upon a Mattress, courtesy photo.

La Colina Junior High presents their spring musical, Once Upon A Mattress, opening Thursday, March 15.

From the faraway kingdom of Icankill, comes Princess Winifred the Woebegone, played by Annie Orwig. Fresh out of the swamp, draped with moss and dripping with excitement, she is in search of a prince.

Cason Goodman and Leila Afifi in Once Upon a Mattress, courtesy photo.

Cason Goodman and Leila Afifi in Once Upon a Mattress, courtesy photo.

Winifred is greeted by the cynical Queen Aggravain, played by Sydney Walker. Queen Aggravain, both aggravating and vain, is devoted to keeping her son Prince Dauntless, played by Ben Watkins, close by her side forever.  All the ladies of the kingdom anxiously await a princess who can pass the queen’s test and become a part of the royal family, for their own love lives are on hold until a perfect match can be found.

Lady Larkin, played by Leila Afifi, has a secret of utmost urgency, and her love Prince Harry Chivalric Knight of the Herald, played by Cason Goodman, must hurry the process along if they are to be together.

Sam Mollkoy, Sydney Walker, and Ben Watkins in Once Upon a Mattress, courtesy photo.

Sam Mollkoy, Sydney Walker, and Ben Watkins in Once Upon a Mattress, courtesy photo.

The Wizard (played by Luke Goodman), assistant to the Queen, and the Jester (played by Will Steinberg), friend to the silent King Sextimus (played by Sam Mollkoy), twist themselves into a complicated plan to discover the secret test that will determine the future of the kingdom. The minstrel, played by Garett Bailey, sings the tale from start to finish as secrets are discovered, the plot is unveiled, and mayhem ensues.

Once Upon a Mattress runs through Friday, March 16, and Saturday, March 17, at 7 p.m. with an additional matinee at 2 p.m. on the 17th.

— Jessica Morelli

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