‘Once Upon a Mattress’ promises wackiness

Messenger photo by Kristy Zurbrick
The Plain City Music, Arts, & Theatre Society will present “Once Upon a Mattress” June 28-30. Among those in the cast are: (from left) Dennis Graber as the minstrel, Scott Jones as the king, Eliza Graber as the queen, Jacob Cameron as the jester, Nate Eudaily as Prince Dauntless, and Gabby Pollom as Princess Winnifred.

(Posted June 24, 2024)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

The Plain City Music, Arts, & Theatre Society is bringing “Once Upon a Mattress,” a family-friendly, zany musical, to the stage.

Performances are set for June 28-29 at 7 p.m. and June 30 at 3 p.m. in the auditorium at Jonathan Alder Junior High, 6440 Kilbury-Huber Rd., Plain City. Admission is $10. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at https://pcmats.ludus.com.

“It’s a fun, silly show that all ages can enjoy,” said Anne Gorman, director.

Telling-singing the story is a cast of 15 actors and actresses, most of whom are Plain City residents and/or Jonathan Alder High School graduates.

“The cast is doing really well with it,” said Gorman, who is joined by Scott Jones as choreographer. Daniel Rodriguez-Hijo and Trinity Theater are producing the show.

“Once Upon a Mattress” is a whacky spin on the fairy tale “The Princess and the Pea.” No one in the kingdom can get married until clueless prince Dauntless, played by Nate Eudaily, finds himself a princess. Meanwhile, the prince’s overbearing mother, the evil queen, played by Eliza Graber, does everything she can to keep her son single and under her thumb. All hope seems lost until the wild and rambunctious Winnifred the Woebegone, played by Gabby Pollom, comes along.

Gorman said Eudaily, who will be a senior at Jonathan Alder this fall, is doing a great job playing the goofball prince, Graber is “fabulously nasty” as the evil queen, and Pollom is a theater veteran and excellent comic actress. Gorman also noted that in addition to serving as choreographer, Jones is playing the king who is silent due to a curse a witch placed on him.

“There’s also a minstrel, a jester, a wizard and other characters. It’s just a really cute and funny show,” Gorman said.

Also on the calendar for the Plain City Music, Arts, & Theatre Society is “The Path of the Pioneer.” Written and directed by Rodriguez-Hijo, the one-act play tells the story of Ohio pioneer Jonathan Alder’s adult life. Shows are set for Aug. 9-10 at Buckeye Brass & Winds, 202 N. Chillicothe St., Plain City. Tickets are $15, include heavy hors d’oeuvres and the show, and go on sale later this summer.

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