Here's the story from today's Herald-Dispatch:
First Stage Theatre Company presents the fairy-tale-spun musical, Once Upon a Mattress with an all-star cast of 35 middle school and high school students from Cabell, Wayne, Kanawha and Putnam counties participating.
Show time is 8 p.m. Nov. 12-13, and 19-20, as well as 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 21. A special school performance is set for 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, as well at the Renaissance Art Center, 900 8th St., Huntington.
Tickets are available at the door or by calling the ticket line 304-416-KIDS (5437).
Tickets $14 and $12 for children 12 and under. Group rates are available for groups of 10 or more.
For more information, visit the website www.firststagetheatre.org.
Once Upon A Mattress, with music by Mary Rodgers; lyrics by Marshall Barer and book by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller, Marshall Barer, takes the story of The Princess and the Pea and presents it with a twist.
Did you know, for instance, that Princess Winnifred actually swam the moat to reach Prince Dauntless the Drab? Or that Lady Larken's love for Sir Harry provided a rather compelling reason that she reach the bridal altar post haste?
Or that, in fact, it wasn't the pea at all that caused the princess a sleepless night? Carried on a wave of wonderful songs, by turns hilarious and raucous, romantic and melodic, this rollicking spin on the familiar classic of royal courtship and comeuppance provides for some sidesplitting shenanigans.