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'Once Upon a Mattress' opens at Liberty High April 25

Liberty’s  Lorrin Hunt is Prince Dauntless and Olivia George is Princess Winnifred in the school’s “Once Upon A Mattress.”  - Submitted
Liberty’s Lorrin Hunt is Prince Dauntless and Olivia George is Princess Winnifred in the school’s “Once Upon A Mattress.”
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Liberty High School’s Patriot Players, will perform “Once Upon A Mattress,” a comic re-telling of “The Princess and the Pea,” for their spring production.

The shows are at 7:30 p.m., April 25, 26 and May 1 and 2 and will also be performed at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., May 3.

Tickets are available at the door for $12, adults and $10, seniors, kids under 12 and for Liberty ASB cardholders.

This light-hearted musical is filled with catchy songs, fast-paced dance numbers, romance and surprises from the not-so-typical royalty, a release stated.

“It’s really fun to be a mouse-like, dancing, woman-chasing king,” senior Marcus Milyko said in the release of his role as the mute King Sextimus.

Princess Winnifred is strong, vivacious, and, to the dismay of Queen Aggravain, played by senior Hailey Gumm, a moat-swimmer.

“I like that [my character] Winnifred isn’t afraid to be herself,” said Olivia George, a senior. “She can get down and dirty, wrestle around, be as unladylike as possible and still blush when it comes to a boy complimenting her.”

Prince Dauntless the Drab is the boy, a role being shared by juniors Lorrin Hunt and Jason Jarman, whose domineering queen mother will do anything to keep him from marrying.

The entire kingdom is distressed, since no one may wed until the prince finds a bride.

Senior Eric Spradling-Reim received honorable mention in The Fifth Avenue Awards for outstanding actor in a supporting role as the Scarecrow in last year’s “The Wizard of Oz” musical. He returns to the Liberty stage this spring as the Minstrel, and together with the Jester, are among those coming to Princess “Fred’s” aid as she prepares for the queen’s test.

The directors, cast, staff members and volunteers have been working nonstop since January to produce this musical.

Liberty High School is located at 16655 S.E. 136th St., Renton.

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