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"Once Upon a Mattress" takes on "The Princess and the Pea"

Graduating seniors Camille Prusse, Aubrey Eggett, and Matt Hopkins starred in this popular and amusing musical comedy.

Article by RCHS drama student Rachel Zetwick, photo by Amy Shanahan

Rock Canyon High School’s (RCHS) Performing Arts Department presented the musical comedy, “Once Upon a Mattress”

March 8 – 10. The musical, with music by Mary Rodgers and lyrics by Jay Thompson, takes place in a small medieval kingdom ruled by a talkative queen and mute king. It is a spoof of the Hans Christian Andersen fable, “The Princess and the Pea.”

Both the set and costumes were incredible and the show was cast with stunning talent.

This show marked the final musical performances by several seniors. Aubrey Eggett, an RCHS stage veteran remarked, “It’s always sad to think of performing for the last time in anything whether it be softball, choir, or in a musical. However, with such an outrageous and encouraging cast, I was able to enjoy every minute. Being surrounded by such incredible people can truly enhance one’s performance and I believe we came together and put on the best show we could! I simply loved it!”

This show was a wonderful collaboration of talented teachers leading the cast to a very successful presentation of this year’s spring musical. This is the first musical that director Cindy Baker has led in five years and it is the seventh musical to be held at RCHS. Vocals were directed by Julia Dale, and the overall production was led by Joel Naegele. Alyssa McCollum conducted the pit orchestra.

Be sure to mark your calendars for RCHS’s upcoming spring play, “Black Comedy” by Peter Shaeffer.  It runs May 10 – 12 at 7 p.m., and tickets will be sold at the door for $5.



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