FHS to present Once Upon a Mattress This Weekend


FRANKLIN, OH -- Once upon a time, Queen Aggravain decreed that no couples could marry until her son Prince Dauntless found a bride. Dozens of princesses tried to win the prince's hand, but none could pass the queen's impossible tests. Then, Winnifred the Woebegone, a "shy" swamp princess, shows up.

This weekend Franklin High School Drama Club will present Once Upon a Mattress, a hilarious musical treatment of the classic tale of The Princess and The Pea.

Cast members practicing their lines for this weekends show.

Cast members are:

  • PRINCESS WINNIFRED: Savannah Albaugh
  • QUEEN AGGRAVAIN: Ella Kittel
  • JESTER: Johnathon Schmidt
  • PRINCE DAUNTLESS: Colson Littrell
  • LADY LARKEN: Ashley Back
  • SIR HARRY: James Gross
  • MINSTREL: Raef Norgaard
  • WIZARD: Blane Parker
  • KING SEXTIMUS: Josh Hamilton
  • ENSEMBLE: Kendall Bulach, Zoe Back, Alyssa Hoskins, Jay Davidson, Isadore Karrick, Jessica Sprout, Nolan Defrates, Brayden Bales, Ashley Milligan, Grace McGuire, Chloe Abner, Myia Gonzalez and Cheyenne Raby
Orchestra, too, has spent hours practing for this weekends production.
  • LADIES-IN-WAITING: Zoe Back, Isadore Karrick, Jessica Sprout, Alyssa Hoskins, Grace McGuire and Ashley Milligan.
  • SIR STUDLEY: Jay Davidson
  • SIR LUCE: Nolan Defrates
  • KNIGHTS: Kendall Bulach, Braydin Bales, Henry Baker
  • LADY ROWENA: Grace McGuire
  • LADY LUCILLE: Jessica Sprout
  • LADY MERRILL: Zoe Back
  • LADY MABELLE: Isadore Karrick

The musical will hit the stage at FHS McDade Auditorium located at 750 E. 4th St. on April 22 and 23 at 7 p.m. with a Sunday matinee on April 24 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults; $8 for seniors; and $5 for students. They're available for purchase online at fhsdrama.booktix.com or at the door. 

Once Upon a Mattress's music is by Mary Rodgers and lyrics are by Marshall Barer. The book is by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller, and Marshall Barer.

Photos courtesy of Peggy Darragh-Jeromos

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