By Cassie Peterson
The lights go on as the curtains pull back to reveal the stage as, once again, the students of North Tama prepare to begin rehearsals for Once Upon A Mattress, by Mary Rodgers and Marshall Barer a funny version of The Princess and the Pea.
The prince is looking for a princess to marry, but the queen always finds a way to say that the princesses are unsuitable for her son. The kingdom is getting restless because no one can get married until the prince does. A search is undertaken and a knight brings back a princess from the swamps, but you'll have to see the show to know what happens.
Directing this production is band director Mrs. Carlson. She has not directed any other productions but has helped out and performed in others. Recently she was in Best Seat in the House by Linda Wiges, which premiered in Traer. She says directing her first production is a bit overwhelming but she's excited to accept the challenge.
"It's a musical that I am familiar with and really enjoy," says Carlson. "I thought the students would have a lot of fun with this show and that the audience will as well."
Participating in this musical are seniors Amanda Arp and Nora Seda, both of whom were in Grease and Crazy Camp in past years.
"I love acting and playing different roles," says Nora. She portrays the wizard in this musical.
Amanda Arp is portraying one of the lead roles, Queen Aggravaine, which is also a major singing role. Roles like this take a lot of work.
"There is nothing scary about it as long as you practice sufficiently and are ready for it," says Amanda.
They will practice three times per week over the next seven weeks with the show opening the first weekend of November.