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High school puts twist on "Pea" story

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Provided to the TribuneFrom left, Chris Smith, Ryan Macleod and Brian Collins perform at the South Lake Tahoe Theater in the musical "Once Upon A Mattress."
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The classic fairy tale “The Princess and the Pea” takes on a satirical flair when the musical comedy “Once Upon A Mattress” makes its debut on the South Tahoe High School Theater stage. This musical written by Mary Rodgers originally starred renowned comedienne Carol Burnett. Its recent Broadway revival featured actress Sarah Jessica Parker.

In this version, Sir Harry, played by Mike Callian, needs to marry Lady Larkin played by Erika Schimmel. The Queen, played by Eleni Monos will not allow any one in the kingdom to marry until her son, Prince Dauntless the Drab, played by Matt Ault, marries first. A desperate Sir Harry goes out in search of a suitable princess for the prince. He comes back with Princess Winifred, whose suitability is questionable at best. Winifred, played by Stephanie Dixon, makes her appearance at the castle by swimming across the moat.

Other interesting characters in the cast are the Minstrel who tells the story and is played by Chris Smith. Ryan Macleod plays the king, who doesn’t speak and can only mime because a witch cast a spell on him that took his voice away. Brian Collins plays the jester who speaks for the king.

There are many comic moments as the story continues to unfold. “This show is very funny and will entertain audiences of all ages,” said, Liz Niven, the director of the show. Bob Grant also directed the production which appears this Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, May 22, 23, and 24 at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the door.


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