Once Upon A Mattress Ballston Spa Middle Schoo

“Once Upon a Mattress” Opens this Weekend

Once Upon A Mattress Ballston Spa Middle Schoo

The cast of Once Upon a Mattress, Ballston Spa Middle School, A Launching Pad Production. Photo submitted.

BALLSTON SPA — The Ballston Spa Middle School’s drama club, Launching Pad Productions, will present “Once Upon a Mattress”, a musical fairy tale based on The Princess and the Pea this weekend.

Opening Jan. 30 at 7 p.m., in the Ballston Spa High School Auditorium, the musical has a cast of almost 60 students and a crew of almost 70.

The performance features Olivia Faul as Winnifred the Woebegone, hoping to be able to pass the Queen’s test of sensitivity, by being unable to sleep upon 20 mattresses stacked upon each other with one tiny pea beneath the bottom one. The Queen is played by eighth grader Darby Woodlief; along with her King, played by Harrison Martinez; her Prince played by Pierce Doud; her Jester, played by Heather Richie and her wizard played by Kyle Camilli. Eighth graders Camryn Douglas and Alex Hodge play the featured roles of Lady Larken and Sir Harry and in his first show ever, Ryan Kent plays the role of the Minstrel, the story’s narrator.

The show is co-directed by teachers Matt Lopez and Joe Shaver, with music direction by Elizabeth “Cookie” Sears, choreography by Ballston Spa High School alum Brittany Bush, scenic and lighting design  by Patrick Ferlo with Crispin Catricala serving as Technical Director. Karen Bunting-Wolsey is the props mistress and costume coordinator; Justin Macfarlane and Sandra Catricala, along with a  crew of student and parent volunteers, have been “working tirelessly to create a show to remember” according to a press release from the school.

This is the 11th show directed for Launching Pad Productions by English teacher Joe Shaver. He has produced the shows for the last seven years taking care of all publicity, t-shirts, volunteers, bills and fundraising.

“Since we spend so much time together, Launching Pad becomes like a second family for many of our students”, said Shaver. “We learn to depend on each other and make life long friendships. The lessons learned through putting on a full size production are priceless, lessons in perseverance, public speaking, singing, dancing, overcoming obstacles, and committing to something and sticking with it to see it succeed. The students are very proud of what they have created and cannot wait to present the show for their community”, he added.

Additional performances will be held Jan. 31 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. and Feb. 7 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are $7 each and are available at the door 30 minutes before each performance. The Class of 2015 will be selling flowers at each show.

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