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High School Musicals: Northampton

"Once Upon A Mattress," a zany musical comedy based on Hans Christian Anderson's fairy tale, "The Princess And The Pea," will be staged at 7:30 p.m. March 26, 27 and 28 in the auditorium, Northampton Area High School, 1619 Laubach Avenue, Northampton.

"This musical offers many different roles from the classic fairy tale for our capable students from the Northampton Theatre Company," says director Nan Guss-Mentzell.

Choreographer is Vicki Troxell. Vocal Director is Giana Balenco. Music Director is Tim Carpency. Costume Crew Adviser is Judy Pursell. Lighting Crew Adviser is Brett DeAngelis. Stage Construction and Design Adviser is Shawn Campbell.

"From irritable Queen Aggravain (Andra Kuchinos) to the King Sextimus (Nick Campbell), who is mute; their son Prince Dauntless (Gaelan Campbell), who is waiting to marry a princess; the heroine, Princess Winnifred (Molly Boyanoski), who comes to rescue all involved so they can live happily ever after, it is non-stop antics," says Mentzell.

"Once Upon A Mattress" opened in 1959 on Broadway, receiving two Tony nominations, including musical, and actress for Carol Burnett in her Broadway debut. The music is by Mary Rodgers. The lyrics are by Marshall Barer. The book is by Barer, Dean Fuller and Jay Thompson. The play was developed at the Poconos' Camp Tamiment, Pike County.

Tickets: 610-262-7812

Northampton High School 'Once Upon A Mattress' cast, from left, front: Molly Boyanoski (Princess Winnifred) and Gaelen Campbell (Prince Dauntless), and back, Darian Cruz (Sir Harry), Madison Lahr (Lady Larken), Andra Kuchinos (Queen Aggravain) and Nick Campbell (King Sextimus).