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Fairy tale takes the stage at North Montgomery

Emerson Boaz, who plays Winifred, left, and Rylan Dowell, who plays Prince Dauntless, center, rehearse a scene from Once Upon a Mattress with ladies in waiting, Aurora Murdock, Shelby Kamerer and Kennedy Isbell.
Emerson Boaz, who plays Winifred, left, and Rylan Dowell, who plays Prince Dauntless, center, rehearse a scene from Once Upon a Mattress with ladies in waiting, Aurora Murdock, Shelby Kamerer and Kennedy Isbell.
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North Montgomery High School will present its annual musical this weekend by performing “Once Upon a Mattress.” 

The production is a humorous adaption of the 1835 Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale “The Princess and the Pea.” The setting is in a 15th-century Europe medieval kingdom ruled by devious Queen Aggravain and mute King Sextimus the Silent.

The plot is centered around efforts of a knight who works to find the perfect princess for the son of the king and queen, Prince Dauntless played by stage veteran and senior Rylan Dowell. To make the situation worse, no one in the village can marry before the prince finds his bride.

The queen is being played by senior Cassie Bone, a veteran of many middle school and high school productions. She also has appeared on the local Vanity Theater stage.

Bone said adapting to her character was surprisingly easy even though her real personality is nothing like the queen.

“It was not too difficult to get into my role which surprised me,” Bone said. “The queen is the villain and just wants to make sure her son never finds a princess. Being a villain is not like me at all.”

Princess Winnifred the Woebegone, a brash and unrefined prince, is played by senior Emerson Boaz. The senior also has been in theater productions at her schools and Vanity Theater.

The princess obviously has not had much etiquette training in her home located in a nearby swamp. Boaz said she had to do some character analysis to be able to get into the role of the princess.

“At first I thought the princess was embarrassing and I struggled to connect with my character,” Boaz admitted. “I did some character analysis and now I love her.”

“The princess is trying her best to be nice, but she has no idea how rude she is,” Boaz said. “She tries her best to pass the royalty test but doesn’t realize how she treats people.”

Boaz has enjoyed working on the musical since rehearsals began in January, adding that the cast has grown into a family.

“When we started it was a little difficult, but now you can feel we are a family,” Boaz said. “This cast is special to me since it is my last show. We have come together and worked hard to make this show a good one.”

The production features solos, ensembles, and chorus numbers. Music is produced by a live pit orchestra as usual for North Montgomery musical productions.

Bone is thankful for everyone who has helped with the musical.

“I want to thank all the parents who have volunteered to help us since we started rehearsals,” Bone said. “We also need to thank our director Mr. (Mike Melvin) and music director Mrs. (Colleen) Pingel. They are amazing and probably have seem me more lately than my parents have.”

Show times are 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for students. Sponsoring the show is Terresa Hatke of Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance, Plainfield Auto Repair and Francis and Mount.

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