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Baldwin students to stage fun, silly musical

By Staff | Mar 1, 2018

Catchy songs, energetic dances and colorful costumes make “Once Upon a Mattress” a hit. PHOTO BY JACK GRACE.

WAILUKU – The Baldwin High School Performing Arts Learning Center and Baldwin Theatre Guild will present their Annual Spring Musical, “Once Upon a Mattress,” starting Friday, March 2.

In a faraway kingdom long ago, a curse was cast: the king was unable to speak. The queen, his pushy, mean wife, has taken over control of the kingdom.

In an attempt to keep her son, Prince Dauntless, single – so she is the only one he loves and trusts – she has decreed that only the princess that can pass HER test may marry her son.

And, to add more to the ruling, no one else in the kingdom may marry until Prince Dauntless does. All the ladies-in-waiting have been “waiting and waiting AND waiting.”

The knight Sir Harry decides he is going to find a princess for Dauntless so he can marry his pregnant lady-in-waiting, Lady Larken. He succeeds and is able to find an amazing princess from the swamps of the marshland, Winnifred, who swims the moat when arriving at the castle.

Prince Dauntless likes her immediately and begs his mother to, “Let me marry her.” He can wed her if she passes a test on sensitivity, which ends up being impossible to pass… or is it?

Will the princess pass the test? Will the prince get married? Will the king ever speak again?

This is a fun, silly musical of the retelling of “The Princess and the Pea.”

“Once Upon a Mattress” features music by Mary Rodgers and lyrics by Marshall Barer. The book was written by Jay Thompson, Marshall Barer and Dean Fuller.

The BHS production is directed by Linda Carnevale with Musical Director Tana Larson, Choreographer Dejah Padon and Orchestra Conductor Stephen Rodrigues.

Shows are set for March 2-4 and 9-11 in the Baldwin Auditorium on the Baldwin High School campus at 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and a 2 p.m. matinee on Sundays and Saturday, March 10.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens, $7 for students ages 12-17, and $5 for keiki 11 and under.

There are no reservations. The box office opens 45 minutes before show time. Seating begins at 6:30 p.m.