Pratt High School and company will put on "Once Upon a Mattress" fall 2019.
Songs were sung, lines were read and feet danced at play auditions Monday and Tuesday for “Once Upon a Mattress” that is the fall musical for Pratt High School.
Students were asked to perform a musical solo and most sang a capella (no accompaniment) for music director Brandon Wade so he could get a sense of their range and ability.
Then students were paired up to read selected segments of the play for new play director Arica Malone who took over for Rose Beilman who retired from directing musicals at PHS.
Finally, students were taught a short dance step and performed it as a group after just a few minutes of practice. Students interested in the Jester role also learned a short soft shoe routine and performed it as well.
Those selected for roles will begin rehearsing this summer for the performances that are scheduled for 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7 and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 8 in Liberty Middle School Auditorium.
Once Upon a Mattress originally opened off-Broadway in May 1959, and then moved to Broadway. The play, written by Mary Rodgers and Marshall Barer was an adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale The Princess and the Pea.
In the musical version of The Princess and the Pea, Princess Winnifred is an ungainly, brash girl competing for the hand of Prince Dauntless, whose domineering mother Queen Aggravain has declared he must marry a "true" princess before anyone else in the kingdom can marry.
There are 16 named parts in the show, plus various ladies-in-waiting, knights, soldiers, servants and musicians.