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Friday, March 10, 2006


The Princess (Lucy King) is held by supporting actors Griffin Creighton (left) and James Lamb in a rehearsal for Once Upon a Mattress, Jr. (Photo by Nancy Roberts)

"Team Carlisle" presents Once Upon a Mattress, Jr.

While Team U.S.A. was playing games at the Oympics in Turino, Carlisle Class '07 has been practicing for Once Upon a Mattress. It is truly worth a gold medal.

The story centers around the trials and tribulations of a prince marrying an unknown princess and how the whole castle gets involved. That means the whole class too! Acting, voice, dance, set props, sound, tech, all are coordinating their time to make this a shining performance. As Lucy King, who plays the Princess, said, "Everyone is cooperating and that's why we have come so far." Bolton Graham (the Jester) said, "With teamwork, everyone comes together and helps each other out."

Just like the Olympics, the whole class has discovered that to do something really well takes a lot of effort from everyone. Valerie Cadell (the Queen) said, "I have learned to work around my activities," and Lucy King said, "I am busier than ever." Ms. Fitzharris, our director, has scheduled many of the scenes separately, but everyone is juggling activities all for the good of the play. Amanda Sargent, a Lady in Waiting, finds other times to ride her horse, and Francie Hoffman, a Court Dancer, reschedules her clarinet lessons. Teachers have helped tremendously by giving everyone some time to complete homework in class. We are all learning to balance more activities, which will be good for when we get older.

With one week to go, all the work is paying off and everyone is enjoying the play more and more. We even have a favorite scene, "The Spanish Panic." Bolton Graham said, "It's my favorite scene because it has the most dancing." Valerie Cadell agreed, saying, "Everyone has to support each other." Although the play is an experience to remember, Valerie said, "The best part about it is having fun with my friends and doing everything with everybody."

Don't miss this golden opportunity to see Once Upon a Mattress. The show opens in Corey Auditorium Wednesday, March 15, at 3:30 p.m. Performances will also take place Thursday and Friday, March 16 and 17, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available from any seventh grader and at Ferns, $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.

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