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Lehighton Middle School students to stage 'Once Upon A Mattress'

  • RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Having roles in the musical "Once Upon A Mattress," which will be staged at Lehighton Area Middle School on Tuesday and Wednesday, are, l-r, Kylie Kresge, Christopher Jensen, Xander Karpowicz, and Emily Barkanic.
    RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Having roles in the musical "Once Upon A Mattress," which will be staged at Lehighton Area Middle School on Tuesday and Wednesday, are, l-r, Kylie Kresge, Christopher Jensen, Xander Karpowicz, and Emily Barkanic.
Published February 10. 2014 05:00PM

Lehighton Area Middle School will present the musical "Once Upon A Mattress" on Tuesday, Feb. 11 and Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. in the Middle School Auditorium.

Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students / seniors. The snow date is Thursday, Feb. 13.

The show is under the direction of Laura Welkey, Middle School music teacher, and features students from grades 5 through 8.

The lead rolls include:

• Madison DeLuca, grade 7, as Winnifred the Woebegone.

• Xander Karpowicz, grade 8, as Prince Dauntless the Drab.

• Emily Haberman, grade 8, as Queen Aggravain.

• Michelle Bozilesky, grade 8, as Lady Larken.

• Tyler Beck, grade 8, as Sir Harry.

• Alexander Keck, grade 8, as the Jester.

• Alison Miller, grade 6, as the Minstrel.

• John DeMatte, grade 6, as the Silent King.

• Hailie Brosky, grade 8, as the Wizard.

"Once Upon A Mattress" is loosely adapted from Hans Christian Andersen's classic fairytale, "The Princess and the Pea."

It was originally written as a one act musical at Camp Tamiment in Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains. Broadway designers asked for the musical to be expanded to full-length, and it opened on Broadway in 1959, starring Carol Burnett as Winnifred the Woebegone, who received a Tony Award for her performance.

It was filmed for television in 1964, 1972, and 2005, with the latest version starring Carol Burnett as Queen Aggravain.

There was most recently a Broadway revival of the show in 1996, starring Sarah Jessica Parker.

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